After Hurricane Sandy knocked out the A train to the Rockaways, the Bloomberg administration instituted a city-subsidized ferry to the barrier peninsula, the sort of thing residents there had been wanting for years.
A proposal to build a dune forest in the Rockaways is gaining ground.
Today, the city released a report analyzing its operations before, during and immediately after Hurricane Sandy and how those operations could be improved in time for the next storm.
Moses intended Shore Front Parkway to link Brooklyn to the Hamptons, but his plans never quite panned out. Today, the parkway is lightly used, and some of its lanes have been converted to parking.(3)
Hurricane Sandy was “an incredibly idiosyncratic storm” and “a very quirky event,” according to Seth Pinsky, the city official heading up Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s resiliency task force.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a post Hurricane Sandy buyout program, one that allows for redevelopment in flood-prone neighborhoods. One particularly prescient climate change expert told Capital the plan is shortsighted.
Chuck Schumer still remembers the day his father took him, when he was five years old, to see the Statue of Liberty.
Hurricane Sandy may have ravaged the Rockaways, but here's a sign that the hipsterification of the barrier peninsula is continuing apace: the neighborhood is getting a surf-themed wine bar.(4)
City Council Speaker and front-running mayoral candidate Christine Quinn said today that the government needs to approach the construction of barriers to protect the city's low-lying neighborhoods from hurricanes with more urgency.
In a speech to business leaders this morning, Sen. Chuck Schumer said the key to securing New York's coastline from future storms is for the state and local governments to defer to a comprehensive study conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers.
"New York can’t wait to sort through three or four separate plans," Schumer said, in a speech to the Association for a Better New York. "There must be one comprehensive and central plan. The Army Corps study will provide this and should be the main vehicle that will lead to the long-term protection of New York. It should be our north star when it comes to protecting New York from future storms."
The Bloomberg administration has come up with a plan, or at least the outlines of one, for how to spend the initial $1.77 billion in federal Hurricane Sandy relief the city has received so far.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, two Staten Island councilmen went down to New Orleans. They came back with an idea that they'd like to see replicated here: New York City's own Louisiana Land Trust.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday made his strongest statement yet in support of an effort by some Hurricane Sandy victims to get government buyouts, rather than have to rebuild in the flood-prone precincts they've long called home.
While Mayor Michael Bloomberg's performance during and after Hurricane Sandy was being summarily trashed by most of the participants in a candidate forum last night, the mayor's top aide, Howard Wolfson took to Twitter to respond.(1)
Governor Andrew Cuomo thinks the state should offer buyouts to residents of waterfront homes badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose cooperation will likely prove necessary, is not yet on board.(1)