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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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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.

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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.

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Seaside Heights Rebuilds After Sandy

Monday, January 14, 2013

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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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New Ideas for Protecting New York Harbor

Friday, January 04, 2013

"Hard" edges like hurricane barriers pose a host of problems even while they promise a lot of protection against severe storms. Landscape architects are looking at other possibilities to complement or replace them.

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Predicting When the Next Sandy Will Hit

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Maps detailing actual and expected flooding show that Sandy’s storm surge exceeded many of the 100-year flood zones, seeping into places previously considered safe. Are the flood maps wrong or was Sandy a truly exceptional storm?

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Storm Victims Recovering Amid Tourist Hotspot: Times Square

Monday, December 31, 2012

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This New Year's Eve, some victims of Sandy will be in Times Square, rubbing elbows with tourists and revelers out to watch the ball drop at midnight. But they're not all there by choice. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has moved thousands of people displaced by the storm into hotel rooms across the city, including one in the heart of the tourist hot spot known more for its neon and crowded streets.

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Finding Temporary Solutions While Facing the Daunting Task of Rebuilding

Monday, December 31, 2012

Gigi Liaguno-Dorr, owner of the destroyed Jakeabob’s Bay restaurant, has been hard at work. Seven days a week, she’s been going back and forth between sorting relief supplies at the borough hall and trying to get her business back on its feet. She says that despite the progress that’s been made, things remain up in the air for many people.

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Stress and Relationships During the Holidays

Monday, December 24, 2012

Stress is often associated with Christmas along with its promise of holiday cheer. But for residents who suffered great losses from Sandy and its aftermath there are extra burdens. In some cases storm's victims are putting their lives on hold.

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In Staten Island, Sandy Victims Struggle With Housing Options

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Instead of importing mobile homes, the government is putting up people in hotels and short-term apartment rentals. The Bloomberg administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have also set up a program that connects teams of contractors with homeowners needing power, heat and hot water. But demand for those services have overwhelmed the supply, and storm victims on Staten Island are getting impatient.

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Beach Dunes Spark a Battle After Sandy

Monday, December 17, 2012

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Despite ample evidence that big sand dunes protected some of New Jersey's coastal towns from Sandy's storm surge, the idea faces opposition from many local residents who don't want to give up their land or view.

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Homeowner Asks 'Where's My Insurance Money?'

Monday, December 17, 2012

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After weeks of battling insurance companies, including the FEMA-administered National Flood Insurance, Stephen Drimalas' determination is fraying.

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Climate Change Fears Meet Development at the New Hudson Yards

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

After nearly a decade of planning and debate, ground was finally broken last week on a set of office and apartment towers that will be built on a platform above an MTA rail yard. But the location is in a flood plain, and a Columbia University scientist warns that the development will put an upper limit on just how much the rail yard can be raised in order to keep it out of the way of rising sea levels.

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With Bellevue Psychiatric Unit Offline, Mentally Ill Face New Challenges

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The temporary shut-down of Bellevue’s psychiatric ward has led to concerns about possible crowding at the other facilities where patients have ended up—including Kings County Hospital Center, which had a troubled record of caring for the mentally ill even before Sandy struck.

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Life After Sandy: Shared To-Do Lists in East Village Co-ops and DIY Residents of the Rockaways Pull Together

Monday, December 10, 2012

For homeowners of flooded houses along the shores of New York and New Jersey, the post-Sandy to-do list is endless: sort, dry, trash, clean, make calls to the electrician, the boiler guy, an engineer, a mold specialist and, all along the way, document everything for insurance claims.

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FEMA Says No to Trailers in New York City

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Federal disaster relief officials have ruled out deploying mobile homes to shelter city residents whose own homes have been damaged or destroyed by Sandy. Instead, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will rely on a combination of hotels, rental assistance and a new home repair program run by the city.

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Sandy Sends Wrecked Autos to Belmont Racetrack

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Sandy wrecked hundreds of thousands of cars along the New York and New Jersey shorelines and could cost insurers an estimated $800 million, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

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