Nov 13, 2019

Highest tide in 50 years floods Venice

People walk on a footbridge across a flooded street in Venice. Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP via Getty Images

Venice's mayor declared a state of emergency and closed all schools after the highest high tide in more than 50 years hit the city on Tuesday night, according to the New York Times.

What's happening: Sea water rose to around six feet before 11 p.m. on Tuesday, and at least one person has died as a result. Famous tourist locations, like St. Mark’s Square and the crypt of St. Mark’s Basilica, were flooded by more than three feet on Wednesday.

  • It was the city's worst flooding since 1966, when it experienced tides up to 6.3 feet high.

What they're saying: Lorenzo Bonometto, an expert on lagoon ecology, told the Times that high-tide flooding is normal, but a combination of high tide and strong winds made Tuesday's flooding “an exceptional event."

What's next: More high water is expected in the coming days.

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Venice floods threaten the city's historical sites

Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP via Getty Images

Historical sites, valuable art and architectural treasures found in Venice are at risk of structural damage from the sea salt in the waters that submerged the city, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The flooding will leave behind salt crystals that corrode the brickwork of centuries-old churches and palaces, per Reuters. City leaders told Reuters, global warming has directly contributed to increasing sea levels that pushed massive amounts of water toward and into the city.

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Big Tech continues real estate spree in New York

The Vessel at Hudson Yards, New York City in Oct. 2019. Photo: Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

Amazon said it signed a new lease on Friday for 335,000 square feet of New York City's Hudson Yards neighborhood, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The big picture: Outrage from activists and local lawmakers and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over Amazon's now-canceled HQ2 has not curtailed Big Tech's massive physical expansion into New York.

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New York learns a valuable lesson about subsidies

The westside of Manhattan, One World Trade Center and Hudson Yards. Photo: Gary Hershorn/Corbis via Getty Images

Without getting billions in tax write-offs or a signature helipad for CEO Jeff Bezos, Amazon announced it had signed a new lease for 335,000 square feet of real estate in the developing Hudson Yards neighborhood of Manhattan.

What's happening: The company said the building will be home to 1,500 employees, and represents "Amazon’s largest expansion in New York since the company stunned the city by abandoning plans to locate its second headquarters" there, WSJ's Keiko Morris reported Friday.

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