As if the Crime Wasn’t Enough, NYC Sinking Due to Weight of Skyscrapers

New York City is sinking under the weight of Democrat leadership and rising crime. Now, a new study suggests it is sinking under something else too.

New geological studies warn that the weight of New York City’s skyscrapers is actually causing the rotting Big Apple to sink lower into its surrounding bodies of water. The combined weight of 1 million buildings is nearly 1.7 trillion pounds.

The city is sinking some 1 to 2 millimeters a year, “with some areas subsiding much faster.”

While that doesn’t seem like much, experts warn that it could contribute to more destruction from any natural disaster, such as floods or hurricanes. Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens are particularly at risk, they claim. According to excerpts from the report via the New York Post:

“New York faces significant challenges from flood hazard; the threat of sea level rise is 3 to 4 times higher than the global average along the Atlantic coast of North America … A deeply concentrated population of 8.4 million people faces varying degrees of hazard from inundation in New York City,” he and his team wrote in the new report.

“In 2012, Hurricane Sandy forced sea water into the city, whereas heavy rainfall from Hurricane Ida in 2021 overwhelmed drainage systems because of heavy runoff within the mostly paved city.”

The most recent hurricanes to affect the city were bad, but researchers fear that the structural integrity of the city’s many buildings could be at risk in the future. They continue:

“The combination of tectonic and anthropogenic subsidence, sea level rise, and increasing hurricane intensity imply an accelerating problem along coastal and riverfront areas,” he wrote.

“Repeated exposure of building foundations to salt water can corrode reinforcing steel and chemically weaken concrete causing structural weakening.”

Since no study can be published without parroting the climate change narrative of the left, the study also concluded:

Greenhouse gas “appears to be reducing the natural wind shear barrier along the US East Coast, which will allow more frequent high intensity hurricane events in the coming decades.”

Whether this is all drama intended to gain funding in the name of climate change, or a real, tangible threat, one thing is certain; New York City is in trouble.

Maybe it isn’t entirely because of the dangers posed by flooding or the boogeyman of climate change, but the city has issues. The rule of law is often ignored, criminals run loose in the streets while good samaritans and innocent people defending themselves are locked up, and the Democrat-led government in the city doesn’t seem to care.

Perhaps it is a good time to leave the rotting core that used to be the Big Apple. If the seawater and sinking infrastructure don’t get you, a crazy man on the subway might, and no one is there to protect you. Probably best to head to high ground, both literally and figuratively. The next big storm might not just be weather related.


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