This Is What New York City Could Have Looked Like

New York City is a metropolis in constant flux—always reinventing and reorganizing itself to suit the whims of its populace. Our friends at Oobject have assembled some of the best and most outlandish ideas to "improve" the Big Apple.

When you've seen what NYC could have been, check out these futuristic megastructures, the evolution of the NYC skyline, and these images of the real Gotham.

This Is What New York City Could Have Looked Like

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Gustav Lindenthal's design for a colossal bridge accross the Hudson

Unlike many of the other designs here, this was not just conceptual, the corner stone for it still exists and Lindenthal designed the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges,which makes the statistics about it all the more incredible.
"The bridge was to be 6,000 feet long (nearly twice the length of the George Washington Bridge), 200 feet wide, and 200 feet above the river. It was designed to carry 12 railroads, 24 lanes of traffic, and 2 pedestrian promenades." The towers would have been taller than the Woolworth building.

This Is What New York City Could Have Looked Like

1881, New York in a few years from now

This Is What New York City Could Have Looked Like

1960s Superstudio Continuous Monument crashing through downtown Manhattan

Superstudio were a seminal Italian conceptual architecture group. In this proposal the planet would be covered in a continuous structure based on a ruthlessly consistent grid.

This Is What New York City Could Have Looked Like

Raymond Loewy, 10 storey helicopter landing pad over Bryant Park, 1941

This Is What New York City Could Have Looked Like

Buckminster Fuller, Geodesic Dome over Midtown Manhattan

This Is What New York City Could Have Looked Like

Just Imagine - NY in 1980 imagined from the Great Depression

This Is What New York City Could Have Looked Like

Airport-Docks for New York, 1931

This Is What New York City Could Have Looked Like

Paul Rudolph's gigantic cross-Manhattan proposal for Robert Moses

This Is What New York City Could Have Looked Like

Plan to drain the East River

This Is What New York City Could Have Looked Like

Mies van der Rohe Proposal for Battery Park, 1957-1959

We tend to associate Battery Park with Battery Park City, which is on the opposite side of the tip of Manhattan from this scheme. Its a great shame that these were never built, because what was is possibly the worst of all the modernist developments in NY.

This Is What New York City Could Have Looked Like

Buckminster Fuller, power plant Harlem condos

Each residential block would have been 100 floors and house 45,000 people.

This Is What New York City Could Have Looked Like

Mooklyn 1916 Engineering Proposal To Merge Manhattan And Brooklyn

This Is What New York City Could Have Looked Like

Nuke Proof 2nd City Below Manhattan

This Is What New York City Could Have Looked Like

Cartoon of elevated railway system from Liberty's mouth

This Is What New York City Could Have Looked Like

New York City as It Will Be in 1999, from 1900