NEW YORK - New York must stop building skyscrapers or it will sink, a new study has warned.

There are thought to be one million buildings in New York City, weighing an estimated 771 million tonnes, and the study, headed by Tom Parsons of the United States Geological Survey, found that the city is “plopping closer” to the water at a rate of 1 to 2mm a year, “with some areas subsiding much faster”, said the New York Post.

Lower Manhattan is particularly at risk, and there is heightened concern for both Brooklyn and Queens.