A Study of the Port of New York Authority

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Chapter Ten
MARINE TERMINALS and WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT

I. WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT FOR NEW YORK CITY

WHEN A FAMOUS WRITER referred recently to "the Port of New York, run and run well by its unique authority," the statement may have been only slightly premature. Requests for the Port Authority's cooperation in the improvement of municipally owned waterfront facilities, made in 1945-47 by public officials in New York and New Jersey, have enabled the bi-state agency not only to emphasize the need of comprehensive plans for modernization and development of the waterfront of the Port District as a whole but to make specific proposals involving the leasing, rehabilitation and operation by the Authority of most of the publicly owned marine terminal facilities in the area, on a self-supporting basis.

One such proposal, to the City of Newark, which included rehabilitation and development of the City's air terminal and the extensive waterfront development on Newark Bay, known as Port Newark, was accepted in 1947, and the City and the Port Authority entered into an agreement whereby the latter acquired a long-term lease on the properties and undertook to spend the money necessary for their development, to operate and maintain them, and to pay to the City an annual rental. Another proposal was presented to the City of Hoboken in 1947 for the rehabilitation and development of its piers, and a proposal for development of the municipally owned waterfront and piers of New York City, requested by Mayor William O'Dwyer on October 20, 1947, was presented to the Mayor on February 10, 1948. These pro-

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