Time stood still in places like Fielder Ave. in Ortley Beach, NJ. Almost nothing had changed since the day of the story. coastcheck

Two years after Sandy, rebuilding remains slow and uneven across the region. Government aid is caught up in tight regulations. The folks who have made the most progress may be the ones who took the most dramatic step: selling their homes to New York state to be demolished so that the land underneath them can be returned forever to Mother Nature. There are many other ambitious plans on the drawing board, though, and some individuals and businesses are taking short-term steps to protect their property. WNYC is continuing to follow both the rebuilding process and the debate over just how to rebuild, here on this page.

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Organic Kale Salad with a Side of Hope

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A pop-up restaurant in Union Beach, N.J., offers a weekly night out for a town still struggling to recover from Sandy.


Learning to Love the Entirely Inadequate but Completely Indispensable Disaster Industry

Friday, October 31, 2014

Huge storms like Katrina and Sandy are here to stay; the firms that manage recoveries should be, too. But if this is going to work, five big things need to change.


After Sandy: Rebuilding a Home, Then Letting It Go

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Staten Islander Stephen Drimalas spent two years meticulously restoring his Sandy-damaged beachside home, but now he's decided to take a buyout from the state.

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In Case of Hurricane, Take the R or the G Lines to Work

Monday, October 27, 2014

Two years after Sandy, the MTA's sealed two subway tunnels under the East River (at least theoretically), but has lots of other work to do.
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Sandy Recovery Costs Up 50% and City Calls That a Victory

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Back-office work for the city's Build it Back program turned out to be more time-consuming to handle.

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Creator of NYC's Build It Back Says, 'Everybody's Mad'

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The city's former director of housing recovery operations acknowledges that the Sandy rebuilding program was unsatisfactory, but says the solution has to begin in Washington.

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Out of Sandy Misery Come a Berm and Better Park for the Lower East Side

Monday, June 02, 2014


Anti-flood system for Manhattan is big winner in contest for federal funds.

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Sandy Repair Program Designed to Protect Homeowners Frustrates at Least One

Friday, May 30, 2014

A homeowner frustrated with shoddy work complained, but under the Build It Back Program, she's not supposed to talk to the work crews.

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Summer Is Construction Season in the Rockaways

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Welcome to the new beach season in the Rockaways. But beware the backhoes.

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Is the Jersey Shore Ready for Summer?

Friday, May 23, 2014

The first summer after Sandy was tough for many beach towns. As the second begins, the recovery in many places is just getting underway.

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Seaport City Pits Odds of Flooding Against Odds of Ever Being Built

Thursday, May 22, 2014


Europeans may build levees higher, but doing so comes at a cost.


Flood-Resistant Neighborhood Would Be 80 Years in the Making

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A new neighborhood built on landfill in the East River would withstand a "100-year flood." But is that enough?

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Fed Up With Rebuilding Delays, One Sandy Homeowner Sells

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Homeowners are feeling frustrated with delays in the Buy it Back program, 10 months after it began accepting applications and 17 months after Sandy hit.


Zero Homes Repaired. 19,920 to Go

Friday, February 28, 2014

More than a year after Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of New York City, not a single home here has been rebuilt or repaired with housing aid provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Sandy federal aid bill.

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It Really Does Take a Village to Rebuild After Sandy

Monday, February 10, 2014

Sheepshead Bay residents affected by Sandy may be part of a plan from the Pratt Center Design 

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Cuomo's Sandy Charity Benefits Private Equity Investors

Friday, December 13, 2013

While Sandy victims in New York wait anxiously for government assistance to rebuild their homes, a charity organized by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to aid homeowners has steered millions of dollars to two troubled, state-sponsored housing developments in Brooklyn.

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Building Human Infrastructure in the Rockaways

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

In the year since Sandy, affected neighborhoods have started to rebuild, but also prepare for their response to the next storm.  Jaime Jordan, one of the founders of Rockaway Help, talks about the work she and her neighbors are doing in the Rockaways to build up social infrastructure as a key part of disaster response.

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One Year After Sandy: Lessons Learned, Challenges Ahead

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

It's one year since Hurricane Sandy battered the region. WNYC editor Matthew Schuerman and reporter Janet Babin discuss where we've been over the last year, including things that have changed and things that haven't but should. Plus, your calls: What lessons did we learn over the last year, and what comes next? Call 212-433-9692 or post below.

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6 Things That Changed Since Sandy—And 5 That Haven't

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Lots of quick, but limited, changes have taken root since Sandy. But the big challenges still remain.

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Life After Sandy: Minute by Minute

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Thousands of people in New York and New Jersey found their daily routines changed after Sandy. One year after the storm, here's what some people experience today as a result.

Browse and listen to the stories, and tell us about a specific time of day that Sandy has changed your life.