Bonus: The LOMEX That Never Was

LOMEX-Lower Manhattan Expressway-Robert Moses-NYCImage via The Library of Congress.

Robert Moses touched just about every inch of infrastructure in New York City during the mid-20th century, including the Harlem Tunnel. One of his most controversial plots was the plan for the Lower Manhattan Expressway or, LOMEX. The plan would connect the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges to the the Holland Tunnel via Soho and Little Italy. The plan, as pictured above would merge traffic via a highway over Soho that would continue into the Holland Tunnel to get to Jersey. This plan was defeated by widespread community action against it led most prominently by Jane Jacobs. The $72 million dollar project would have razed fourteen blocks of Soho and displaced approximately 2,000 households and 800 local businesses.

Next, check out the Top 10 Secrets of the Lincoln Tunnel and 5 things we can blame on Robert Moses.