7. FDR Drive

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A notable sight on the East River, FDR Drive was designed by Robert Moses, who created many of the city’s most reviled infrastructural features, including the BQE that cuts through Brooklyn and Queens. We have to understand that back when Robert Moses was developing New York City, it seemed as though the future lay in automobiles, though today that is obviously not the case. Our guides explained that in order for today’s city planners to avoid Moses’s mistakes, they must take a much longer view of the future, planning not only for the next ten, twenty or even thirty years, but for the next hundred or two hundred years. Fun fact: The FDR Drive is made of rubble from WWII in Europe.