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Hurricane Sandy

WNYC News

Obama Commits to Long-Term Rebuilding, but Not Cuomo's $30B Ask

Thursday, November 15, 2012

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President Barack Obama spent part of the day touring the New York City area to view damage left by Sandy and learn about local recovery efforts.

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WNYC News

Manhattan VA Center Remains Closed, Post-Sandy

Thursday, November 15, 2012

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A Manhattan Veterans Affairs facility is closed indefinitely, after suffering significant storm damage during Hurricane Sandy more than two weeks ago.

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The Takeaway

Checking in After Hurricane Sandy

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Hurricane Sandy affected millions of people on the East Coast, hitting New York and New Jersey especially hard. The storm hit home for us here at The Takeaway. Our senior producer, Jen Poyant, lives in Arverne, Queens near the Rockaways, one of the hardest hit parts of New York City.

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Schoolbook

A Damaged School But a Posh Bus

Thursday, November 15, 2012

About 15,000 students are in schools relocated to other buildings after storm Sandy. The students at P.S. 288 on Coney Island are adjusting to the new routine. Some said the comfortable coach buses make it feel like a field trip that happens every day.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Climate Science and Sandy

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Radley Horton, associate research scientist at the Center for Climate Systems Research/Goddard Institute for Space, and Benjamin Orlove, anthropologist at The Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, preview the Columbia University panel discussion on climate science and the impact of Sandy.

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Transportation Nation

VIDEO: Drying Out the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

One tube of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel (now known as the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel) is now open to traffic, and New York's MTA has released a video of the recovery process.

Hurricane Sandy flooded the tunnel with millions of gallons of sea water "from floor to ceiling," according to New York Governor Cuomo. (Exactly how much water isn't clear. Earlier reports said the tunnel had taken on 43 million gallons; in the above video, the tunnel's manager, Marc Mende, says the tunnel was flooded with 80 million gallons. Whatever the amount, you can see footage of water in the tunnel at about 38 seconds in -- and it's daunting.)

That was a new experience for the MTA's tunnel employees. "We've never had a leak," said Mende. "We never had a puddle. The only water we ever had in this tunnel came off of vehicles."

The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel remained completely closed to traffic for over two weeks while workers pumped out the water and repaired electrical, lighting, communications, surveillance, and ventilation systems. Cuomo says it will another "few weeks" before the second tube is open.

Here's the scene, after Sandy:

Mouth of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, after Sandy (MTA photo)

 

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Schoolbook

Helping Children Move Past Trauma of Sandy

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A professor of psychology and education at Teacher's College offers advice to help children rebound emotionally after the trauma of Hurricane Sandy.

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Schoolbook

Custodians Work Long Days to Ready Damaged School

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Middle school students from I.S. 211 return to their home building in Canarsie on Thursday thanks largely to the hard work of the custodial staff who worked long days to ready the building for classes again.

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Schoolbook

As More Schools Reopen, Attendance Rises

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Three city schools in buildings damaged by Sandy will be able to reopen on Wednesday, but 34 others will remain in their new temporary locations until they can be repaired. Overall attendance at all of the schools that had to go to different locations on Tuesday was 67.1 percent, an improvement over last week's showing of less than 40 percent.

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Schoolbook

Rockaway School Earns Praise for Sandy Response

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A principal's heartfelt account of the early response and relocation of his school after Sandy drew praise, especially from inside the school's community.

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Schoolbook

Schools Can Offer Refuge and Routine

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

One principal muses on the role school leaders and school buildings play in times of trauma. Even when faced with displacement and damage of their own, his teachers and staff have had to find the strength to lead their students through this difficult post-Sandy adjustment period.

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Radiolab

A history of the Earth -- free lecture!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Lulu recommends a free lecture series you can stream live online on November 15 and 16. The subject: Changing Planet...a look at the past, present, and future of the forces that shape the Earth and its climate.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Coastal Development Pre-Sandy

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

John Rudolf, national reporter for Huffington Post, discusses his new piece, which looks at the history of coastal development in NY and NJ, and how developers and officials ignored warnings about storms.

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New Tech City

Tech Key to Rebuilding After Disasters Like Sandy

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Two weeks after Sandy hit the New York region, is the recovery coming along as fast it could?

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Schoolbook

More Schools Re-Open While Most Damaged Will Take Months Longer

Monday, November 12, 2012

Over 6,000 students can return to their original school buildings Tuesday, two weeks after the storm surge knocked out dozens of schools from operation. The city plans to allocate about $200 million dollars in extra spending to repair the still-damaged buildings.

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Transportation Nation

Sea Walls, Wetlands, and Porous Streets: Designing a Storm-Proof New York City

Monday, November 12, 2012

Storm damage in Sea Gate, Brooklyn (photo courtesy of NYC Mayor's Office Photo/ Edward Reed)

Would a $20 billion sea wall, stretching from Sandy Hook to the Rockaways, have prevented damage done to New York by Hurricane Sandy's storm surge?

Engineer Fletcher Griffis, speaking on Monday's Brian Lehrer Show, says yes -- "but gosh knows what it will do to the ecology in New York Bay."

Other ideas kicked around during the interview: porous roadways that could reduce flooding,  increased wetlands, and "soft" solutions like zoning changes and ending subsidies for flood insurance.

Listen to the interview below. And check out a data visualization from the U.S. Census Bureau about population growth near the coastline.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Designing a Storm-Proof NYC

Monday, November 12, 2012

F.H "Bud" Griffis, professor of Construction Engineering and Management in the Department of Civil Engineering at the NYU Polytechnic University and Stephen Cassell, principal of Architecture Research Office LLC, and one of the WNYC cityscape architect collaborators, discuss design and engineering ideas to help mitigate storm surge damage.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

After Sandy: NYCHA Chairman Rhea

Monday, November 12, 2012

John Rhea, NYCHA Chairman, talks about recovery efforts for the thousands of public housing units still without hot water, power or heat.

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WNYC News

More Commuting Options Open for Far Rockaway

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Hurricane Sandy filled the roads on the Far Rockaway peninsula with sand, debris and downed power lines. As roads became cleared, the MTA began operating local buses during daylight hours, until recently when more lighting has become available and they’ve been able to run later buses. And while subway service was restored to most of the city, the A train, the only subway in the area, remains too damaged to reopen.

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WNYC News

Medical Teams Head to Far Rockaway, Coney Island

Friday, November 09, 2012

Paramedics and members of the National Guard will be making house calls this weekend. It's part of a city program to make sure those hard hit by Sandy are getting medical help if they need it.

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