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

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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Long Island's Power Problems Mean Big Paydays for Wall Street

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


After Sandy plunged most Long Island residents into a prolonged darkness, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office began meeting with a global investment bank, Lazard Frères and Co., to figure out a way to restructure the Long Island Power Authority.

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Deadly Topography: The Staten Island Neighborhood Where 11 Died During Sandy

Monday, February 25, 2013

When Sandy hit, one section of Staten Island's Eastern Shore was particularly vulnerable: it sits in a bowl, several feet below a road that usually protects it from storm surges. See where 11 people died when the storm surged.

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Remember Sandy's Long Gas Lines? It Could Happen Again

Monday, February 25, 2013

For 12 days after Sandy slammed into the Mid-Atlantic coast on October 29, Tim Arata sat in the dark at his family-owned gas station in suburban Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, waiting for the lights to come back on.


Parks Department Proposals for Beach Roil Rockaway Residents

Friday, February 22, 2013

Will the beaches in the Rockaways, badly damaged by Sandy, be ready for the summer? 

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Mayor Iffy on Cuomo Sandy Buyout Proposal

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Governor Cuomo's proposal to use federal Sandy aid to buy out Sandy-damaged homes will likely need Mayor Bloomberg's assent. So far, he hasn't given it.

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Sandy Gives Chance to Rethink Public Housing

Friday, February 01, 2013

With Sandy costing the New York City Housing Authority $800 million and counting, what is the best way to spend that money? We put the question to three experts.


NYU Langone, Now Reopened, Seeks to Regain Market Share

Friday, February 01, 2013


Most of NYU Langone is now back up and running, including the popular labor and delivery unit.  But more than a dozen of the hospital's doctors have applied for permanent privileges at other hospitals.

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Public Housing Tries to Move On From Sandy, But Temporary Fixes and Poverty Persist

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Public housing developments across the city from the Rockaways in Queens, to the Lower East Side, to Red Hook, Brooklyn, were flooded by Sandy. Electrical systems and boilers remained underwater for days in some complexes. Many residents did not evacuate and endured dark, cold buildings for weeks. Today, the basics – heat, hot water and power – are back but many fixes are temporary.


From Salt Marshes to Sea Barriers, Preparing for the Next Sandy Defense

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

“If Sandy had happened three weeks before when it did,” she said, “we would have lost the Belt Parkway.”

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Now in a Flood Zone, Residents of Gerritsen Beach Struggle to Stay Afloat

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Residents of this Brooklyn neighborhood aren't happy that they're on the map. Gerritsen Beach, a working-class Brooklyn neighborhood of low-slung bungalows hard hit by Sandy, is among the communities included in FEMA's updated flood maps released this week.

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Disaster Inc: Some Companies Win Big Post-Sandy

Tuesday, January 29, 2013



Follow the #CoastCheck Roadtrip

Monday, January 28, 2013

As communities struggle with the question of whether to rebuild or retreat after Sandy, WNYC reporter Janet Babin and videographer Amy Pearl are touring coastal towns.

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New Lessons for Bellevue in Post-Sandy Return

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Providing limited service in the emergency room, while also repairing parts of the physical plant damaged by Sandy, has forced Bellevue to improvise, and has taught the staff new things about operating a large urban hospital.


As Cold Snap Hits, Some Sandy Victims Still Lack Heat

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

As temperatures dip many residents of the Rockaways, an area hard hit by Sandy, are among the 8,200 still without power in the aftermath of the powerful storm that tore through the seaside community.

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Hurricane Sandy Videos

Friday, January 18, 2013

An archive of WNYC's video reports about life after Sandy.


State Registries Saved Lives During Sandy, But Not in NYC

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a registry that would allow disaster responders to know where to find people most urgently in need of aid. But he does not appear to have followed through.

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As the Sandy Debris Accumulates, Some Question How Best to Handle It

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The destruction from Sandy is expected to leave more than 12 million cubic yards of debris in New York state and New Jersey. The vast majority of it will be taken to landfills.


Seaside Heights Rebuilds After Sandy

Monday, January 14, 2013


Even after Sandy destroyed the boardwalk and flooded dozens of local businesses, the borough of Seaside Heights, NJ is determined to open its summer season by May 10.

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Businesses Still Waiting for Relief in the Rockaways

Monday, January 14, 2013

Despite all the fund raising and promises of recovery, when it comes to getting small businesses in Queens up and running after Sandy, the federal government has approved 37 loans for the entire borough, while the city has given out only 28. In the Rockaways, where much of the area was without heat and power for weeks after the storm, it’s given 9 loans.

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Four Storms in Quick Succession Expose the Flaws in New York City’s Electrical System

Friday, January 11, 2013

One of the less visible affects of Hurricane Sandy was the mostly-below ground electric system that supplies the stock exchange, the subways, and countless businesses with power.

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