Last Wednesday, we were sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, trying to get from Penn Station over to Park Avenue. On that unseasonably warm afternoon, we waxed nostalgic about the fact that it was Back to the Future Day – the exact date to which Marty McFly time-traveled in his flying DeLorean – but alas, there was no way for our driver to go vertical and bypass the gridlock from above, nor for us to grab our hoverboards and dart across town. Released in 1989, “Back to the Future II” made plenty of other bold future prognostications besides flying cars and hoverboards. A number of the predictions wound up prophetic, like video conferencing, Google Glass-style goggles, and more urban green space. Others, like Jaws 19 and preposterously colorful, gaudy outfits (mercifully!), or self-tying shoelaces and a Chicago Cubs World Series win (sadly!),…

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