Excerpt from Letter to the Chamber of Commerce Relative to the Water Front of the City of New York
Taking the language of the charters and grants, the course of legislation, and all the Statutes in part material, the situation of the lands granted and the use to which many portions of them had, with the knowledge and consent of the Legislature, been from time to time devoted, it is clear that the lands under water around the city were conveyed to it in fee to enable it to fill them up as the interest of the city might require, and to regulate and control the wharf and wharfage.
Whatever title and property rights the city thus obtained it could transfer and convey to individuals. Having the power to extend the ripa around the city, and thus make dry land, it could authorize any individual to do it. Whatever wharfs and docks it could build it could authorize individuals to build, and-whatever wharfage it could take it could authorize individuals to take. Its dominion over the lands under water, for the purpose indicated in the preamble contained in Section 15, above cited, was complete.
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