“Bight City,” or the Rockaways without humans. (Photo via DLANDstudio + Landscape Architecture)

There were shocked murmurs at this year’s Municipal Art Society Summit when the crowd was shown a visualization of the Rockaways after the ecological displacement of hundreds of thousands of people.

“I don’t want to be insensitive,” said Susannah C. Drake, founder of the design firm DLANDstudio + Landscape Architecture. “But we anticipate that it is going to be a very different landscape.”

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