A year after Sandy, rebuilding has been slow, halting and uneven across the region. Homeowners are still battling insurance companies, government aid is caught up in tight regulations, and new flood plain levels are not even final. There are a lot of 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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Friday, October 25, 2013
On Oct. 29, 2012, Cherell Manuel and three of her kids escaped rising Sandy flood waters on Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway. On Friday, they’ll be transferred to their fourth hotel since the storm hit. After a while, Manuel said, you stop unpacking.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
One Year After Sandy, Ortley Beach Still Suffers
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
One of Sandy's less visible effects is the mental and emotional toll it continues to take on the people who lived through it. For a year, Jim O'Grady has been visiting neighborhoods in Staten Island that suffered the highest death rate from the storm. He talked to three people who, like thousands in our area, are still grappling with the trauma of that night.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Nearly a year after Sandy devastated some public housing projects, thousands of people at those developments still depend on temporary, mobile boilers for heat and hot water. Residents say these devices deliver unreliable service, and many worry they are in for another cold winter.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Thousands of people in New York and New Jersey found their daily routines changed after Sandy. One year after the storm, let us know what you do differently because that newsstand on the corner is no longer there, your neighbor has moved or your favorite restaurant is closed.
Tell us about a specific time of day that Sandy has changed forever.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Rockaway resident John Cori says the loss of the beloved boardwalk is a daily reminder of the storm and how far the area has to go. As someone who used to work at the World Trade Center, he say it reminds him of the physical losses of that tragedy.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Think we learned something from all those Sandy stories of disabled people trapped in high-rises struggling to survive? Think again.
Disability rights groups are suing New York City in Federal Court saying the city's emergency plans are discriminatory and violate federal laws. A ruling could come any day now.
Friday, October 04, 2013
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is expanding his Sandy buyout program to more storm-damaged homes—this time to Long Island.
Friday, September 20, 2013
To get a good sense of a what a floodproof city can look like, check out Hafen City in Hamburg, Germany.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Almost 11 months after Sandy, the corrosive effects of saltwater remain a very real danger. And that's had an effect on all kinds of local infrastructure, from the boardwalks in seaside towns in New Jersey to the subway lines in Manhattan.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Alexis Norton sat at a table in a realtor's office in Little Egg Harbor, N.J., this week, swapping stories with several friends about rebuilding their Sandy-damaged homes.
Among the topics covered: flood insurance maps, local bureaucracy and confusion over the status of her applications with several of the state’s federally ...
Saturday, August 31, 2013
At the start of summer, the Rockaways looked more like a construction zone than a beach destination. Its popular concession stand was still being renovated. The boardwalk that spanned most of the neighborhood’s 6.2 miles was washed away. Work trucks and trash littered the beach.
Monday, August 19, 2013
A federal task force charged with developing a Sandy-rebuilding strategy is calling to strengthen the region's electrical grids, protect gas supply chains and fortify coastlines, according to report released Monday.
Monday, August 19, 2013
A task force appointed by President Obama is expected to release its report Monday on the post-Sandy rebuilding, which could guide the storm recovery process.
Thursday, August 08, 2013
For many homeowners and businesses recovering from Sandy, the mantra has been to rebuild stronger. But some New Jersey residents have concluded that their best option is not to rebuild at all.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Nine months after Sandy, thousands of homeowners in New York City are growing frustrated as they wait for government funds to make long-term repairs to their properties.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Here’s a campaign oddity: Democratic candidates running for mayor who by-and-large agree that many of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ideas on a particular subject are good ones.
Monday, June 03, 2013
Seven months after Sandy, tourism officials in Atlantic City are doing their best to dispel lingering misperceptions about damage to the city’s boardwalk. They’re gearing up for what they hope will be a busy summer season, and they’re hopeful that by re-branding the city as more than just a gambling mecca, they might be able to turn around the six-year drop in tourist revenue.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Studies calling for levees, flood gates that would have protected Staten Island, Coney Island and the Rockaway fell by the wayside due to lack of money, neighborhood opposition and environmental concerns.