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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER | Newly appointed by Pres. Barack Obama to head the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, Shaun Donovan, Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, faced an auditorium packed with urban planners, disaster and environmental experts and interested members of the public on Dec. 13 to lay out some of the ground rules […]

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BY KAITLYN MEADE  |  Agueda Batista, 33, was sitting in a hotel room on 47th St., rocking her 2 month old, Hunter. Despite being in the same city, it couldn’t be more different from her home in Rockaway Park, which had become a disaster zone when Sandy roared in two weeks earlier, taking the bay […]

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  Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport reopened on Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. after having been closed for four and a half weeks. A preliminary report from the engineering firm engaged by The Howard Hughes Corporation, which has a long-term lease on the pier, indicated that there was no visible damage from Superstorm […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  It has been a stormy ride for the South Street Seaport Museum, headquartered at 12 Fulton St. with several outposts on Water St. and a fleet of historic ships anchored at Pier 16. After the 45-year-old museum nearly closed under its previous management, Susan Henshaw Jones, director of the Museum […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  Its glassed-in observation lounge lined with pine boughs decorated with small, white lights, Classic Harbor Line’s yacht, Manhattan, eased out of its berth at Chelsea Piers onto the Hudson River, for the first of its December “Cocoa and Carols” cruises to the Statue of Liberty and back. Outside, the lights […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER  |  New York State Senator Daniel Squadron’s 25th senatorial district spans waterfront communities in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. Superstorm Sandy brought some  of them to their knees. Squadron staged a “Resource Fair and Community Conversation” in two sessions on Dec. 9th – one at the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn and […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON   |  Although the real estate industry doesn’t want to hear it, there’s no doubt Superstorm Sandy has irreversibly changed the way we look at building on the waterfront. And that realization certainly also applies to the idea of building housing not just on the actual shoreline but out on piers — such […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER   |  A year ago at this time, or even six weeks ago before Sandy came calling, Stone Street’s restaurants would have been bustling with office workers at lunchtime and happy hour and with neighborhood residents at dinnertime. Now, though all of Stone Street’s restaurants have reopened, empty tables abound. Many large […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS |Most of Tribeca’s Pier 25 is expected to reopen to the public Monday but the beloved playground is months away from being rebuilt after being ravaged by Superstorm Sandy. The playground is closest to land but it fared much worse than the rest of the pier because of damage done to the […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON  | Saying that strengthening New York City’s defenses to withstand the impacts of future Sandy-strength storms is “the single most important infrastructure challenge of our time,” City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is offering a sweeping blueprint for critical planning and preparation in an era of global warming. Her package of proposals to combat […]

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