Source: Jacinta Quesada via Wikimedia Commons

In a frightening, yet somehow fun, new interactive map, the New York Times presents a grim portrait of the city’s future in the coming centuries, a future that wipes Sheepshead Bay off the map in a few hundred years.

The map’s data, based on a 2012 study from the journal Science, predicts that in 100 to 300 years, assuming the world’s nations continue on their course of making only moderate cuts to pollution, the oceans will rise five feet, swallow LaGuardia Airport and flood all ports. This level of flooding will contribute to the disappearance of seven percent of the total city.

Things get much worse after 2300. By then, the oceans will have risen 12 feet, sinking JFK airport, Coney Island, the Rockaways and all neighborhoods along Jamaica Bay. Obviously this includes our beloved Sheepshead Bay. Who knows, perhaps our descendants will all be living in the sky like the Jetsons, or in underwater domes like true Atlantians. Either way, at that point, nearly a quarter of the New York City we know and love will be submerged forever.

For those really looking to imagine a brave new world, or at least one where no effort whatsoever was taken to cut pollution or build massive sea walls, projections into the deep future are also given. For example, 39 percent of New York City will have vanished, with Manhattan only existing north of 34th street. The oceans will have risen a staggering 25 feet, and our only hope for survival will be developing unsightly gills like Kevin Costner did in Waterworld and sailing aimlessly around the globe in a vain effort to find some kind of land-based oasis.

How’s that for a cheery article about our future generations?

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  • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

    I better buy another bathing suit.

  • nolastname

    Says a lot for where to build and what to invest. We are talking 3 or 4 generations.

  • max smart

    Its not like we’re going to have another Ice Age

    • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

      Stick around, in about 20 years, the global warming scare will return to global cooling frenzy, which it was in the 70′s.

      • bagels

        I think you’d be hard pressed to find any scientist who would deny that the earth is getting warmer and will continue to do so. The planet is already feeling the affects – a shrinking ice cap, drought, floods, violent and more frequent hurricanes…..

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    So much for preservation efforts down here.

    OTOH, we might find ways of diminishing the impact of such changes.

  • flatbush depot

    ugh, because of this one could argue that it is a good thing the Nostrand Ave subway was never extended past JCT..I would like Mr. Rosen to write an article related to this

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