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What New York district would be the winner of a civil war?
The city of New York is a wonder. ubiquitous unrest in Crown Heights in 1991 seems like a far-off past; apocalyptical vision of the city a la The Warriors or Escape from New York are completely outmoded. So, it seems doomed to kind your cognition walk and picture a script in which the municipality curve in an all-out enmity conflict - not bicameral along gathering or person mark, but thing casual: If the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island square off in an poem attempt to change, the municipality would liquid body substance out enlivened?
There is an impervious barrier around the five counties in this Thunder Dome militarist universe we have just built, so nothing can get in or out - the people of the Bronx cannot get to Westchester, and the people of Queens or Brooklyn cannot sustain the Long Island East feed pipelines (water is an exception).
Moreover, the skies are off limits; Queens could slightly predominate, as both LaGuardia and JFK are within its range. There are no allowable form of alliance, and the only allowable weaponry is the one you can find in your community. It' s difficult not to begin by looking for neighborhoods' relatives, playing strategy for each side, imagining them blocking a bridge, flooding a tunnel, hiding in a penthouse, wandering guerillas in Prospect and in a park.
Looking for a coherent response to this issue, I talked to my Facebook and Twitter buddies, corresponding with the editors of the much-loved New York website Untapped Cities and consulting several professionals from the Gotham Center for New York City History at the City University of New York.
Many of the answers were from a mixture of life-long New Yorkers, long-term transplantations and even some foreigners, all of whom seemed anxious to assess the destiny of the five districts. The census shows that about 8,622,698 New York City residents have lived in New York since July 1, 2017.
That' 2,648,771 in Brooklyn, 2,358,582 in Queens, 1,664,727 in Manhattan, 1,471,160 in the Bronx and 479,458 on Staten Island. Now that New York had disintegrated, Brooklyn was the third biggest city in America from a technical point of view. It could also be crushed slightly by Brooklyn, which is not far away and whose populations are almost five times those of Staten Island.
Brooklyn and Queens, which have the biggest population, are sent into battle right from the start. A real gruelling battle takes place between the Queens and Queens County as innumerable Queens inhabitants withdraw to the eastern side and conscript the Brooklyn armies, just as the Russians and Soviets first conscripted Napoleon and then Hitler.
In the meantime, Manhattan has a four-front battle to wage. Territory and entrance to sea, material. Looking at a topographic chart of contemporary New York, there are few advantages in Manhattan, which is almost completely shallow, except up-town. The majority of the Brooklyn and Queens mounds are along the boundary, and their size - Queens is 108 sq. m and Brooklyn is only 69 sq. m - promotes further battles along their long common boundary.
The Bronx is the only community on the continental United States to the North; the elevations increase westward of the Bronx River and to the N, making it an excellent place for front-line defence and withdrawal. New York's highest elevation, Todt Hill. Staten Island's remote position has its own barriers - even today, in times of peace, there are many New Yorkers who have never set their own pace on the Isle.
A further important element is the 6th district: drinking fountains. The coast of New York extends over 520 nautical leagues and is open to a certain level of naval attacks. Though Queens has an oblong defensive stripe with the Rockaways and Broad Channel and a fistful of small islets in Jamaica Bay, they are far to the southwest, which is not strategic.
In the Bronx there are the biggest number of small islets in its area, as well as its own floating gitmo near Queens in the shape of Rikers Island. There were speculations that Staten Island - the home of a dime of the New York police - and a price on the head of presumably pro-gun trumpeters.
There were reports in March that there are 41,000 handgun approvals in New York City, 6,400 of them in Staten Island, on the basis of 2010 figures. Google Maps also says there are three weapon stores in the "forgotten district" - as against two in each of the other districts - where the inhabitants could charge ammunition.
The Staten Islanders are also four time more likely to own rifles than other New Yorkers. But, of course, New York is no stranger at all to banned rifle brutality, most of which is generated using rifles fetched here illicitly from states south. Then you have tales like these from March, when a Queens dweller with 70 rifles and 50,000 balls was found, one of the greatest armouries ever found by the NYPD.
This balances the pitch, but is far from near the 6,400 legitimate weapons on Staten Island, plus the approximately 3,000 policemen living there. New York's only operational outpost is in Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn. Many former missions and armouries are spread across New Yorkthink Fort Totten in Queens or Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island - but only one of them is home to National Guard troops, Army Reserve troops and probably a lot of ammunition.
And against the conventional opinion more policemen are living in Brooklyn than in any other district. Regardless of how many balls or men one community casts on another, an enemy force cannot exist without it. The fictional walls around the city show how delicate New York's eco-system really is: How could we manage without external contacts?
The city' s most products come from Hunts Point Market in the Bronx, the world' s biggest distributor of its kind. But Hunts Point would be of little use without arriving lorries and trams that are able to supply from the outside environment. and Brooklyn would be able to live off the leftovers in their shops for some while.
This is where the insulation of Staten Island really becomes a disadvantage. New York would have to go back to its agricultural origins to live. It' especially in Queens and the Bronx. Queens, once the "rural escape" of the rich Manhattanites from the city, still has a number of ranches in the eastern part of the city that would have to be converted to warfare.
According to Gotham Center of CUNY, however, the Bronx has the best agricultural park landscape in the five districts, which gives it the best chance to grow for the people. The most immediate danger is to be found in drinking wells. All of this could lead to a fight for New York's H2O, led by the Bronx aqueduct, which essentially holds the city's drinking waters as hostages and forces the other districts to either penetrate or perish from desertification.
Let's look at the New York City transport network stock. There are 6,074 leagues of roads within our borders, 31 viaducts crossing a stretch of river, and 23 subterranean galleries used by automobiles and subs. This is Manhattan's most vulnerable: The Bronx has most above-ground metro lines and offers important viewpoints, but the links to Manhattan and Queens by viaduct and gallery could be problematic if Manhattan withdraws northwards.
On the other hand, Robert Moses Brooklyn and Queens have essentially been at eternal war with the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and the Belt Parkway, and the crossing of Newtown Creek between the communities only accelerates the reciprocal devastation of the two. The BX, with its rolling hills, defensive islands, important populations and controls on the essential supplies of fresh waters, was able to consolidate its strength in the northern part and keep the fortress in place.
Special commendation for Staten Island, which would not be overlooked in this one.