The recent debate about the rezoning plan in Greenpoint - Williamsburg, Brooklyn is one of many signs that there’s a revived interest in the city’s waterfront. For centuries the city's waterfront served as a gateway, connecting continental America to the rest of the world. But by the mid 20th century, many docks and piers were virtually deserted. Now suddenly, what was "an abandoned, seedy no-man's-land" (in the words of Phillip Lopate, author of Waterfront: A Journey around Manhattan) has seen the construction of new parks, recreational facilities, commercial space and luxury condos.
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