In 1895, H. G. Wells concocted an imaginary time machine
that hurled people into the future and back to the past. Since then, that device
has been re-invented by sci-fi writers, film makers and scientists. They
needn’t have bothered. The time machine has already been in existence for more
than four hundred years. It’s called New York City.
Glimpses of the future can be seen in the blueprints of every
new skyscraper in every reconstructed neighborhood. As for the latest instance
of ancient history, Exhibit A–the recent occupying of the onetime New School
for Social Research (now just the New School) located in Greenwich Village.