- Jul 15, 2006
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I'm sure there's lots of reasons why that didn't happen, but here's my take. NYC was at the gateway to the vast burgeoning US interior of the 18th and 19th century, with the Erie Canal branching off the Hudson River, and generally better access to the west than Boston had. Also a lot more immediately buildable land, without having to fill in the vast tidal flats that Boston had to do to expand.Sometimes I wonder if instead of NYC, Boston had become the major city of the new world. If it had become the new London.