New York is building a wall to hold back the ocean

  • Published: 10 June 2019
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Comments • 2 758

  • Vox
    Vox   1 weeks back

    This piece was a collaboration with our sister-site, Curbed! Check out the original article here:

    And for more information on how to build a resilient city check out Alissa Walker’s piece

    - Kim

  • Ronald Cates
    Ronald Cates  51 minutes back

    Global Warming is a Hoax . . . Period 🔴

    • cd
      cd  1 hours back

      They preparing for invasion :P

      • J Squad Vlogs
        J Squad Vlogs  2 hours back

        Just drain the water and move it somewhere else . . . Duh 🙄

        • kakuella
          kakuella  3 hours back

          Building those walls are going to change the eco system there too.. Not sure what's more beneficial for long term 🙄🤔

          • Jim Gerop
            Jim Gerop  11 hours back

            Is the ocean paying for it?

            • ‘Moonshine&’Sunshine
              ‘Moonshine&’Sunshine  11 hours back

              damn... as a dutch person, this plan to build a wall is almost painful to see... at least they're also planning to use the wetlands. good luck ny!

              • Jarrod
                Jarrod  17 hours back

                Why do people live next to the ocean and complain about hurricanes?

                • Another Guy
                  Another Guy  18 hours back

                  Amazing. Keep polluting the environment adding to the climate change for the worse and build walls to keep the aftermath away instead of protecting it by signing that Kyoto protocol...

                  • Damien's Adventure
                    Damien's Adventure  20 hours back

                    I like this informative video. :)

                    • COLLEGE DUDE
                      COLLEGE DUDE  20 hours back

                      building a wall... something trump likes; not exactly XD

                      • daLi demo
                        daLi demo  1 days back

                        make mexico pay for it

                        • Fedir Kriviy
                          Fedir Kriviy  1 days back

                          Kim Mas is 😍

                          • Worrywart
                            Worrywart  1 days back

                            Wow, they're thinking of building a wall that might actually serve a useful purpose? Whatever will they think of next!

                            • Wes 0608
                              Wes 0608  1 days back

                              Most of people from NY think walls don’t work...

                              • David Dima
                                David Dima  1 days back

                                "Build the walls to protect the city is one thing"
                                "But build the city to protect it self is another thing"
                                You guys understand. *plastics*

                                • Matt Keane
                                  Matt Keane  1 days back

                                  I guess walls work huh

                                  • Sean Bradley
                                    Sean Bradley  1 days back

                                    A 5 mile long, 20ft high concrete wall would have such a large carbon footprint it's insane

                                    • Michael Plessala
                                      Michael Plessala  1 days back

                                      We can’t build a wall! Walls are immoral and if the ocean wants to cross Staten Island’s border illegally, it should be able to! Ocean rights are human rights!!✊🏾

                                      • Ankita
                                        Ankita  1 days back

                                        Created the city on wetlands (occupied)
                                        Now eager to stop the ocean.
                                        Nature avenges in weird ways.

                                        • Etiti Yulolo
                                          Etiti Yulolo  2 days back

                                          as if a wall can do anything to stop the water...

                                          • Yuzu Aihara
                                            Yuzu Aihara  2 days back

                                            In situation like these, people who claim to have a solution tend to choose the easiest and most convenient option; erect a wall.

                                            • SuperKing604
                                              SuperKing604  2 days back

                                              Strategic retreat in a good option to basically pay people to move away from high risk areas. In the long run its cheap and effective

                                              • thomas is op
                                                thomas is op  2 days back

                                                every New Yorker would say to Trump that walls don't work hmmmmm

                                                • gogzter McAll
                                                  gogzter McAll  2 days back

                                                  Aw aye when these lots harp on about how bad building a wall is. Now they want one

                                                  • EricG326
                                                    EricG326  2 days back

                                                    How racist of them...

                                                    • 《I S R A E L》
                                                      《I S R A E L》  2 days back

                                                      This is racist against the Ocean, we should be building bridges not walls

                                                      • David W
                                                        David W  2 days back


                                                        • Wade Wilson
                                                          Wade Wilson  2 days back

                                                          So you’re telling me Walls work?

                                                          • Dragongamer1301
                                                            Dragongamer1301  2 days back

                                                            Why dont you just drink all the water instead of building a wall. Smh

                                                            • I
                                                              I  2 days back

                                                              Trump’s second wall

                                                              • I
                                                                I  2 days back

                                                                Why don’t they build a wall in the most hurricane hit States like Florida

                                                            • Davis Edwards
                                                              Davis Edwards  2 days back

                                                              New York said walls are immoral

                                                              • Poppie
                                                                Poppie  2 days back

                                                                hope all people care in

                                                                • NADINE K
                                                                  NADINE K  2 days back

                                                                  For me building wall is stupidity, it's not gonna work the wave just gonna hit the wall and the wall wont stay in long time it alson ruin the eco with all of life in the ocean ?! , aren't plastic already in the ocean and now chemical ,rock and cemen *such not a danger

                                                                  • C H A R L I E T H A R G I C

                                                                    HAHA THAT'S KARMA FELLOW HUMANS

                                                                    WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? THROW, BURN, DESTROY MORE.. U LIKE THAT RIGHT?

                                                                    • yb s
                                                                      yb s  3 days back

                                                                      water gotta go somewhere tho

                                                                      • Buffalo Herd
                                                                        Buffalo Herd  3 days back

                                                                        wait, did you just say that we need to protect Staten Island from flooding or it will return to its natural state of swampland? 2:55

                                                                        • Joe Knuckles
                                                                          Joe Knuckles  3 days back

                                                                          Did New York do environmental studies? Building this wall will kill the yellow striped mosquitos.

                                                                          • Seyyed Mohammad Ahmadi

                                                                            you guys are talking about billions of dollars when your military spends 600 billion annually

                                                                            • m yu
                                                                              m yu  3 days back

                                                                              02:06 damn

                                                                              • ToothpasteShouldBeTeethpast

                                                                                Bro what if the sea goes around the wall?

                                                                                • Ersin Avseren
                                                                                  Ersin Avseren  3 days back

                                                                                  Just call the Dutchies back..

                                                                                  • B ill M iller
                                                                                    B ill M iller  3 days back

                                                                                    Build the wall! Lmao

                                                                                    • MayReasonBeThyGuide
                                                                                      MayReasonBeThyGuide  3 days back

                                                                                      NYC: Builds a wall against a rising ocean and claims "Walls don't hold back anything"... Welcome to Sodumbistan

                                                                                      • Geraint Hughes
                                                                                        Geraint Hughes  3 days back

                                                                                        people have building sea defences for hundreds of years, its a good idea. Nothing new. Radiation GHE is a lie. Direct proof exists on my channel.

                                                                                        • Youtube Today
                                                                                          Youtube Today  3 days back

                                                                                          But I thought walls don’t work!🤔

                                                                                          • Es Gee
                                                                                            Es Gee  3 days back

                                                                                            perfectly appropriate that trump loving staten islanders are finally getting their wall

                                                                                            • Alvin Ace Trinidad
                                                                                              Alvin Ace Trinidad  3 days back

                                                                                              in the next 10 years, america will be covered by a huge perimeter wall