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Tom Sawyer's Island

Hidden City has a brilliant piece about the redevelopment of Pier 53 from, what was known as, 'Tom Sawyer's Island' into public ecological and historic park. The author has some regrets about only dipping under the fence but a few times — "I regret that I never met the artist(s) who built the huge geometric web of driftwood that stood as a centerpiece to the broken ceramic mosaics, pink minimalist tree paintings, and brittle brick walkways. It was art for art's sake and it gave the pier a bewitching air." [Hidden City/Photo: James Jennings]