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Hurricanes Shaped East River Waterfront Plan

There's no question that the Blueway Plan will provide that direct access to the water. What can't be known yet is whether it will also provide protection from it.

Red Hook: Aid's Not Enough

Business owners in the hard-hit neighborhood say FEMA assistance is doing little to help firms reopen and rebuild. Some public housing residents say they're still not getting reliable power.

Hungry For Customers or Aid, Rockaways Businesses Struggle

By some estimates, two thirds of businesses on the peninsula are still closed after Hurricane Sandy. Some of those that are operating are suffering because their customer base has been displaced.

Jobless Find Hope in NYCHA's Post-Sandy Cleanup

Hundreds of low-income New Yorkers who've struggled to find jobs have found work doing post-storm cleanup, including public housing tenants. The question is: how long will it last?

Why the City's Flood Maps Got It Wrong

The city's evacuation zone maps used 2003 data. Some federal maps may have predicted a wider area of flooding. But scientists also made Sandy storm-surge predictions that were dwarfed when the tropical system rolled in.

After Flood, Brighton's Latinos Struggle in Shadows

A growing if largely invisible community hard-hit by Sandy faces a unique challenge: Undocumented immigrants must get help to fix illegal apartments.

Reeling Before the Storm, Rockaways Complex Eyes Rescue

Ocean Village lost power after Sandy. But danger and deprivation were nothing new to its 1,000-plus residents, who hope a new owner and $110 million in public financing change the tide.

Grassroots Groups Have Taken Over Sandy Relief

From Gerritsen to Coney, trusted local organizations and ad-hoc operations have stepped into a void left by overstretched city departments and low-profile federal agencies.

Bruised Yet Bustling, Brighton Goes On

In Brighton Beach, the normal patterns of life have returned amid piles of sand and the smell of rot.

Homeless Before Sandy, Uprooted By Storm

With stores closed and the subway shuttered, the shelters Dennis Williams usually counts on when the weather gets bad weren't an option.

Stripping Down Not For a Marathon, But For Sandy

Dozens of runners donated the clothing they would have abandoned at the starting line of the cancelled New York City Marathon to victims of the superstorm.

In Storm-Battered Coney, a Trickle of Relief Faces a Deluge of Damage

A quick look at Coney Island suggests the neighborhood weathered Sandy well—the Wonder Wheel is still standing, after all. But a look inside businesses or into the eyes of residents tells a different story.

Confused and Frustrated in Line for 'Obama Gas'

When the crowd in Crown Heights learned the free gas was made possible by FEMA , some laughed and chanted, "Obama gas! Obama gas!" But if time is money, the wait wasn't free.

Sheepshead Bay Dries Off

Amid debris – with no power and in some cases no gas – homeowners , coop residents and business people along Emmons Avenue face a difficult recovery, but there was little talk of quitting.

Outside Media Glare, Brooklyn Coast Hit Hard

News reports have focused on Hurricane Sandy's devastation in New Jersey and Breezy Point. But from Coney Island to Brighton Beach to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklynites are struggling with the storm's impact.

Patience Prevails in Rockaway Beach

Amid news stories about New Yorkers losing their tempers in lines for gasoline, people waiting for diapers and granola bars in a debris-strewn parking lot in the Rockaways on Thursday remained calm, even cheerful.

Where to Get and Where to Give

Need food, water, dry ice? Want to donate money or time? Here’s some info on what’s available in and for Brooklyn.

Bronx Bruised By Sandy's Power

Spared the massive destruction seen in outer Queens and the widespread disruption reported in Manhattan, the Bronx still suffered damage from the hurricane, with some neighborhoods experiencing flooding, even fire.

As City Plants Trees, Benefits—and Some Burdens—Grow

The city’s MillionTrees program fights asthma and global warming. But tightening maintenance budgets, increasingly severe weather and decades-old planting decisions complicate trees’ contribution.

Hurricane Passes, But Worries About Rikers Evacuation Remain

It turns out storm Irene was not a threat to the 14,000 inmates at the city's huge jail complex. But other risks abound. Is there a plan for how to empty the island?

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Hurricane Irene formed in the Atlantic Ocean in August 2011, affecting the East Coast states. Just before Halloween 2012, Hurricane Sandy made a direct hit on the New Jersey coastline, combining the power of a Category 1 hurricane with the forces of a full moon, a high tide and a winter storm system from the west.

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In Wheelchairs, They Marched to Stop Climate Change - Sarah Mortimer

The dangers associated with floodwaters and power outages that come with storms like Sandy are magnified when you use a wheelchair or breathe through a ventilator.

Report: NYCHA Needs to Gear Up for the Next Sandy - Jarrett Murphy

Better communication and more resilient power systems are necessary, says a new report.

Reporter's Notebook: Red Hook - Candace Amos

Just minutes before we arrived, an elderly woman living on the second floor tumbled down the stairs, back first, after tripping over her cane while bringing groceries into her apartment.

Post-Sandy Housing Crisis: 4 Years Ago, NYC Asked 'What If?' - Jarrett Murphy

In 2008 the city solicited designs for temporary housing for 38,000 households uprooted from a coastal neighborhood by hurricane flooding. Now New York may confront a very similar, and very real, scenario.

Find Your Post-Sandy Voting Site - Jarrett Murphy

Dozens of polling sites across the boroughs have been relocated.

Why NYC Is So Vulnerable to Hurricanes - Jarrett Murphy

When you think cities and hurricanes, Miami gets the college football team and New Orleans the mixed drink, but New York City is considered unusually vulnerable.

Decision in the Rockaways: Stay, or Go? - Patrick Arden

Tina Parker tried to convince her neighbors to leave. “I’ve been in two hurricanes in Alabama, and I’m not taking a chance,” she said.

Out of Media Glare, the Bronx Faces Irene - Jarrett Murphy

Even far outside of the Zone A areas, there were signs of the impending danger, though they were subtle. Closer to the water's edge, the menace felt very real.

As Mandatory Evacuation Ordered, Looking at NYC's Risk - Jarrett Murphy

The mandatory partial evacuation announced this afternoon is the first in history for a city that has always been extremely vulnerable to—if rarely visited by—hurricanes.



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New Water Tunnel Shows NYC Can Meet Post-Sandy Challenge

By Marilyn Gelber and John Bennett

New Water Tunnel Shows NYC Can Meet Post-Sandy Challenge

The lessons of New York City’s water supply system are instructive as the city addresses the equally profound challenge of adapting to climate change.



Extreme Weather Events Cost Counties $1 Billion

67 percent of U.S. households were in counties hit by extreme weather events that cost over $1 billion in 2011-2012

What If New York? ... Post-Disaster Provisional Housing Design

What if the most densely residential city in the country loses hundreds of thousands of homes in a few hours? What if millions are left with nowhere to live, to work, or to go to school? What if subways flood, streets close, and whole neighborhoods are submerged by up to 23 feet of ocean water and battered by 130 mile-per-hour winds? What if New Yorkers need a place to live during years of reconstruction?



Cleaning Up, Getting Work

Cleaning Up, Getting Work

Jobless Find Hope in Post-Hurricane Sandy Clean-Up

FEMA Who? Volunteers After Sandy

FEMA Who? Volunteers After Sandy

From Gerritsen to Coney, trusted local organizations and ad-hoc operations have stepped into a void left by overstretched city departments and low-profile federal agencies.