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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  Lessons from Superstorm Sandy has the city stepping up its storm preparedness efforts with attention being paid to seniors and those with special needs. It has been almost two years since Superstorm Sandy hit on Oct. 29, 2012, and the city says it is better equipped to respond, but of […]

BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Downtown community leaders are calling for nearly $5 million in federal funding to begin studies or construction of flood barriers around Lower Manhattan, as part of their post-Hurricane Sandy resiliency plan that was created for the state’s NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program. The 194-page Lower Manhattan plan which also calls for […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  | The city’s plan for  a new park at Pier 42 focuses heavily on wide open lawn space, waterfront marshes and near-complete removal of the large shed that currently stands on the Lower East Side pier. Community Board 3’s Parks Committee on Dec. 5  approved the master plan — which is estimated […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY   |  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED NOV. 26, 2013  |  A new interactive, online map is helping Downtown residents provide input on post-Hurricane Sandy community reconstruction. The New York Rising program, an outgrowth of Governor Cuomo’s Office of Storm Recovery, now features interactive maps for six communities involved in the statewide effort, one of […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | Knickerbocker Village, a Lower East Side affordable housing complex, will receive nearly $1.5 million to repair damage caused last year by Hurricane Sandy, officials announced Wednesday. That money is part of the federal disaster relief funding that was approved three months after Sandy struck last October, and is now being allocated […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY | A year after Hurricane Sandy struck, residents of Knickerbocker Village, a Lower East Side affordable housing complex, are still waiting for the rent rebates they were promised by the development’s management. Last November, after tenants of the 12-building, 1,600-unit complex spent weeks without electricity or hot water, a representative of AREA […]

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Lower Manhattan is hosting an event Wednesday night in which Community members affected by Hurricane Sandy can learn more about a state-sponsored program aimed at helping New York to rebuild and become more resilient.. The public information meeting, will be Oct. 30 from 6 -8 p.m., in Parish Hall (74 Trinity Place), and will be run by […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  | No sooner had the doors to Ellis Island’s main building opened Monday then a flood of visitors surged in. For the first time in a year, the high-ceilinged Baggage Room where immigrants to the United States once left their possessions before they went upstairs to the Registry Room to be processed, […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  Ospreys, terns, falcons, gulls and glossy ibises fly over Jamaica Bay with the skyline of Manhattan clearly visible in the distance. The vast wildlife refuge, which straddles Brooklyn and Queens, is one of the largest urban wildlife preserves in the country. This summer, the New York Audubon Society organized three […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | “I’ve evacuated [from Battery Park City] the last two falls,” Martha Gallo said at the July 30 meeting of the Battery Park City Authority board of directors. Gallo, who is the only board member who lives in Battery Park City, went on to ask, “Are there things we’re going to […]

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