New York is building a wall to hold back the ocean

  • Published on Jun 10, 2019
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Comments • 2 778

  • Vox
    Vox  9 days ago +246

    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

  • Draw Clearly
    Draw Clearly 4 hours ago +1

    Staten Island said: 🧠🚫

  • Skull
    Skull 7 hours ago

    Walls don’t work

  • mechadoggy
    mechadoggy 8 hours ago

    What happened to most of the comments?

  • Boshua Borman
    Boshua Borman 14 hours ago +2

    Jesus Christ, why not try and stop the climate change as well?

  • Brass
    Brass 16 hours ago +2

    Humans: *Builds cities on wetlands*

    Nature: *Hurricane*

    Humans" "wHy Is ThErE fLoOdInG????"

  • Logan Butcher
    Logan Butcher 19 hours ago +1

    Donald Trump would approve

  • Soleon
    Soleon 20 hours ago

    what is it with america and its obsession with building walls to solve its problems

  • Livovian Order Mapping
    Livovian Order Mapping 20 hours ago +2

    Tsunami: **im gonna end this whole man’s career**

  • Jay B
    Jay B 23 hours ago

    it is not leading to increasingly violent storms. stop lying to people. the data does not back up your claims. there is nothing unusual or out of the ordinary happening.

  • Countryman99 Rhec

    They just admitted that walls work so why don't they want to agree that the wall on the southern border would work

  • Der Headbanger
    Der Headbanger Day ago +2

    Do we all agree that fixing the symptoms is way more important than fixing the cause?

  • Rafael Palacio
    Rafael Palacio Day ago

    How much time is there until when the weather becomes so destructive that people can't be living in parts of the country

  • Federico Zorrozua González

    As an architect I have to say this a terrible solution. The wall will cost millons and it won’t have the capacity to be “””resilient””” in time, because its fixed and is not able to adaptate to the change of tides. It also harms the natural ecosystems that interact in the coast. (oysters, plants, birds). This infraestructural point of view was rendered obsolete in the early 2000, when landscape urbanism came as a new way of thinking the relationship of the urban with nature. Landscape, rather than infrastructure, is much more capable of dealing with the tide because of the simple fact that right now it’s already doing it. The city should invest in landscape architecture solutions that could mediate the relationship between the coast and the water in a more “soft” way, capable of adapting, growing and shrinking as needed. A wonderful example of this approach is the dutch project called Zandmotor, a huge mass of sand that is moved by the tide to where is needed and prevents flooding. I think building a wall is going back to modernism, and we all know how that ended. Hard infrastructure can’t deal with tides because it cannot respond.

    • 홍성탁
      홍성탁 Day ago

      Nah, we'll make OCEAN PAYING FOR IT!

  • Ronald Cates
    Ronald Cates Day ago

    Global Warming is a Hoax . . . Period 🔴

  • cd
    cd Day ago

    They preparing for invasion :P

  • J Squad Vlogs
    J Squad Vlogs Day ago

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

  • kakuella
    kakuella Day ago

    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 2 days ago

    Is the ocean paying for it?

  • ‘Moonshine&’Sunshine

    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 2 days ago

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

  • Another Guy
    Another Guy 2 days ago

    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 2 days ago

    I like this informative video. :)

    COLLEGE DUDE 2 days ago

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

  • daLi demo
    daLi demo 2 days ago

    make mexico pay for it

  • Fedir Kriviy
    Fedir Kriviy 2 days ago

    Kim Mas is 😍

  • Worrywart
    Worrywart 2 days ago

    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 2 days ago

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

  • David Dima
    David Dima 2 days ago +4

    "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 2 days ago

    I guess walls work huh

  • Sean Bradley
    Sean Bradley 2 days ago

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

  • Michael Plessala
    Michael Plessala 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago +3

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

  • Etiti Yulolo
    Etiti Yulolo 3 days ago

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

  • Yuzu Aihara
    Yuzu Aihara 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago +1

    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 3 days ago

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

  • gogzter McAll
    gogzter McAll 3 days ago

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

  • EricG326
    EricG326 3 days ago

    How racist of them...

  • 《I S R A E L》
    《I S R A E L》 3 days ago

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

  • David W
    David W 3 days ago


  • Wade Wilson
    Wade Wilson 3 days ago

    So you’re telling me Walls work?

  • Dragongamer1301
    Dragongamer1301 3 days ago

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

  • I
    I 3 days ago

    Trump’s second wall

    • I
      I 3 days ago

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

  • Davis Edwards
    Davis Edwards 3 days ago

    New York said walls are immoral

  • Poppie
    Poppie 3 days ago

    hope all people care in

    NADINE K 3 days ago

    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

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  • yb s
    yb s 4 days ago

    water gotta go somewhere tho

  • Buffalo Herd
    Buffalo Herd 4 days ago +1

    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 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    02:06 damn

  • ToothpasteShouldBeTeethpast

    Bro what if the sea goes around the wall?

  • Ersin Avseren
    Ersin Avseren 4 days ago

    Just call the Dutchies back..

  • B ill M iller
    B ill M iller 4 days ago

    Build the wall! Lmao

  • MayReasonBeThyGuide
    MayReasonBeThyGuide 4 days ago +3

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

  • Geraint Hughes
    Geraint Hughes 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago +4

    But I thought walls don’t work!🤔

  • Es Gee
    Es Gee 4 days ago

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

  • Alvin Ace Trinidad
    Alvin Ace Trinidad 4 days ago +4

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

  • Alvin Ace Trinidad
    Alvin Ace Trinidad 4 days ago +1

    mother nature will be broke paying for that damn wall

  • Josephine The Celtic

    Have a look at Amsterdam and Holland generally - they’ve been dealing with flooding throughout all of their history. They’re called dikes and windmills.. also, you have to allow water through but in a controlled manner so the landscape needs to be adapted to allow “SuDs”.. you can’t just think that building walls everywhere is gonna resolve all your problems.. so simplistic thinking..

  • Fuby TV
    Fuby TV 5 days ago


  • Woodynic
    Woodynic 5 days ago +2

    Only idiots live on the water. A sea wall wont protect you from swelling. Remember Fukushima? If the ocean wants you dead, He'll get ya.

  • Dipto Nugroho
    Dipto Nugroho 5 days ago

    Americans really love walls

  • Christina Washburn
    Christina Washburn 5 days ago

    Or stop building housing so close to the water and under sea level

  • K4x4 Map
    K4x4 Map 5 days ago

    whether it works or not, the idea of trying something is good. hopefully you can use a program to simulate the effects of a wall. sadly as I've stated on other occasions, the (sea) water will only be diverted somewhere else. less cement covering the ground is a great idea, plants trees to soak up natural groundwater. just remember that unless you're using other binders except for water to build this wall, the efforts might last a little while...interesting video...the water in the high hills cuts down valleys to get to sea level (without the required sedimentation load) whilst the sea level is trying to cut up that future wall to get uphill...leaves me to believe that the earth in them there parts is trying to reach a new equilibrium...somehow the interest of obtaining a seaplane rating seems quite the move!

  • salvadore sutton
    salvadore sutton 5 days ago

    the sea isnt rising. the ship is sinking

  • don't have nickname , don't want true name around

    9 feet = 2,7432m
    20 feet = 6,096m

  • Meme Mine
    Meme Mine 5 days ago +2

    Al Gore is my shepherd, I shall not think.
    He maketh me lie down in Greenzi pastures:
    He leadeth me beside his still-freezing waters.
    He selleth my soul for CO2:
    He leadeth me in his path of his self-righteousness for his own sake.
    And yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of reason,
    I will fear all logic: for thou art with me and thinking for me;
    Thy Gore family oil fortune & thy 10,000 square Gorey foot mansion, they comfort me.
    Thou preparest a movie in the presence of contradictory evidence:
    Thou anointest mine head with nonsense; my mindless conformity runneth over.
    Surely blind faith and hysteria shall follow me all the days of the rest of my life
    & I will dwell in the house of ALGORE forever.
    -Paul Merrifield 1990

    PPG KID 5 days ago

    Guess what, your president doesn't think climate change/global warning is real. Sooo good luck

  • Penny Lane
    Penny Lane 5 days ago

    Save Staten Island! Because... I really like the ferry...

  • matt ruggiero
    matt ruggiero 5 days ago

    Yeoooo STATEN island wya

  • peter jakoncic
    peter jakoncic 5 days ago

    people shoudnt live where theyre not supposed to live, for example wetlands...

  • Maria Lomas
    Maria Lomas 5 days ago

    I have a question. Why are the oceans rising? Does that have something to do with the temperature or am I completely wrong?

    • Tom Jones
      Tom Jones 5 days ago

      If oceans are rising why are the docks which are a hundred years old on NY harbor still above water?

  • Ruki Sar
    Ruki Sar 5 days ago +6

    There's an irony to New York, financial center of the world for decades due to fossil fuel wealth, building a wall to hold back the ocean that they caused to rise.

  • victor lee
    victor lee 5 days ago

    Make aquaman pay for it

  • Rumki Das
    Rumki Das 5 days ago

    *this project is initiated by Trump*

  • Jesus Covarrubias
    Jesus Covarrubias 5 days ago +2

    But yet we have a president who cares more about people coming into his country than his own country 🙄

    • Ayy Yo
      Ayy Yo 4 days ago

      @Jesus Covarrubias isnt that why they're building this wall? LOL

    • Jesus Covarrubias
      Jesus Covarrubias 4 days ago

      @DoubleJ but shouldn't he make sure that the people who are already here be safe?? 🤔

    • DoubleJ
      DoubleJ 4 days ago

      He should care about the people coming in to this country. People who don’t care who comes into this country don’t care about this country.

  • Sanne de Heer
    Sanne de Heer 5 days ago

    maybe we should actually do something about climate change instead of throwing money at it

  • Sanne de Heer
    Sanne de Heer 5 days ago +1

    A wall seems to be every solution for the USA nowdays lmao

  • Aravind V
    Aravind V 5 days ago

    America has to do something with this obsession for walls..

  • Exodus227
    Exodus227 5 days ago +1

    America: Has a minor inconvenience
    Also America: *"BUILD A WALL"*

    • CraftTheDraft
      CraftTheDraft Day ago

      Since when did all of America want to do that?

    • BaronVonTrousers
      BaronVonTrousers 5 days ago

      Wouldn't necessarily call rising sea levels and billions of dollars of property damage a "minor inconvenience".

  • Joshua Stone
    Joshua Stone 5 days ago

    Yet there are still people in the White House that don’t believe in Climate Change.

  • Stefanos Mor
    Stefanos Mor 5 days ago +6

    this sounds like the equivalent of putting a band aid on for an open heart surgery

  • Schleck re
    Schleck re 5 days ago

    Anyone else this reminds to the expanse?

  • Michael Bullock
    Michael Bullock 6 days ago

    Did we not debunk the 'rise of the superstorms' myth years ago?
    Of course storm damage estimates are going to go up, things are getting more expensive!

  • Jon E
    Jon E 6 days ago

    There are ancient ruins under the oceans all over the world. Nothing new. Plato will tell you all about it.

    • Jon E
      Jon E 4 days ago

      @Ayy Yo sea levels have been rising for centuries. Long before the use of fossil fuels.

    • Ayy Yo
      Ayy Yo 4 days ago

      What does that have to do with rising sea levels?

  • DJ Trendsetta
    DJ Trendsetta 6 days ago

    Or you could just move.

  • Steve Mang
    Steve Mang 6 days ago

    Near future, some bar in NYC:
    Dude "Bruh, you just totally c blocked me!"
    Bruh drunkenly points in direction of the wall "You're welcome!"

  • Bryan Rigby
    Bryan Rigby 6 days ago

    Smh why dont they just plant trees in protected "green areas"

  • Mushu Gone
    Mushu Gone 6 days ago

    I say thin the herd. Natural selection is quite the motivator.

    • Tom Jones
      Tom Jones 5 days ago

      I couldn't agree more end all aid to africa

  • Michelle Satterly
    Michelle Satterly 6 days ago

    This wall is racist against water

  • Mikey’s Water Girl

    Mr. President, please Tear Down That Wall!!

  • Morty Sanchez
    Morty Sanchez 6 days ago

    Build that wall! Build that wall!

  • Loren Theory
    Loren Theory 6 days ago

    A big beautiful smart wall..

  • FortuitusVideo
    FortuitusVideo 6 days ago

    Dont build walls, build bridges.

  • jojofromtx
    jojofromtx 6 days ago

    They took funding from Houston for a seawall after Harvey for this. In the richest country on earth we can afford tax cuts but not be able to protect both cities. Sad.

    • stoic romulan
      stoic romulan 6 days ago

      Texas don't believe in climate change and didn't want to give $$ to new jersey for recovery 🤔

  • YukiSkullDoll
    YukiSkullDoll 6 days ago

    Or they could move