T. Kennard Thomson

History, maps, Urban Design

Mega-Manhattan, T. Kennard Thomson

Part of the proposal, “A Really Greater New York”, that shows the East River infill and southern Manhattan peninsula

The East River may not be the most beautiful body of water we’ve ever witnessed, but that certainly doesn’t mean we’d like to see it paved over. That’s exactly what T. Kennard Thomson, an engineer and planner, proposed in 1911, hoping to create a mega-Manhattan. Plus, he wanted to add a long hunk of infill at the southern tip of Manhattan, creating a new peninsula bolstered by Governor’s Island, add more new land in the Hudson between Bayonne and Manhattan, and relocated the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Let’s take a closer look at this ambitious, but never realized, plan