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.
The Far Rockaway peninsula is a sandy spit that hooks out of southern Queens, and was one of the worst hit areas during Hurricane Sandy. Rockaway Beach Boulevard is the main artery where many live, shop and work. Ken Swan is a small property owner whose four, 2-story apartment buildings were devestated. FEMA doesn't cover the costs, because they're rentals, and its his primary source of income.
Hundreds of military veterans have flown in from across the country to volunteer their military expertise to those hardest hit by Sandy.
Staten Islander Stephen Drimalas is one of thousands of New Yorkers who are still without power. He's digging out from Sandy, showing up sporadically to his city job and, as of Wednesday, riding out a nor'easter.
Nelida and Angel Veledo have waited at a Hess station in Gowanus, Brooklyn, every morning since Sandy walloped the region. On some days, that can mean waiting in line more than four hours.
A week after Sandy many elderly residents in Far Rockaway are still without power. Mayor Michael Bloomberg was met with anger when he toured the area over the weekend. Some supplies are trickling in, but elderly residents are cold and worried about the freezing nighttime temperatures.
Many New York City parks reopened to the public this weekend, but for some, a long road of cleanup and restoration still lies ahead. In Brooklyn's Prospect Park, damage from Hurricane Sandy is massive — the worst sustained by the park in at least 25 years.
Sandy has taken an enormous toll on communities up and down the Jersey Shore, destroying homes and businesses, tearing up boardwalks and eroding beaches. As people try to get back to normal, there’s a growing sense that it will be a new normal, at least of some areas of the shore.
Look at a New York City evacuation map and you’ll notice something about many of the red areas along the water’s edge: they correspond to areas that the Bloomberg administration hopes will catch on as new residential neighborhoods.
It's been more than three days since power went out across large swaths of the city and beyond. And some New Yorkers haven’t ventured out of their apartments since the power went out. In multi-story public housing complexes like La Guardia Houses on the Lower East Side, getting in and out of the building can be daunting.
All the major cell phone carriers here in New York say their networks are having issues due to Sandy