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BY SAM SPOKONY |  In a shaky yet mainly successful start to the National Guard’s increased presence in Downtown Manhattan following the impact of Hurricane Sandy, on Thursday night hundreds of desperate residents welcomed a massive delivery of food and water outside a Lower East Side public housing complex. The Guardsmen were originally scheduled to […]

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BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER |  With the imminent arrival of Hurricane Sandy contributing glowering skies to the festivities, the interior of the Statue of Liberty reopened on Sunday following a year of renovations. The reopening ceremony took place the day before the subways shut down. It was the 126th anniversary of the statue’s dedication, with West […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  |  As people across the city worked to recover from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, a group of seniors trapped in a Lower East Side building — without electricity, water or adequate food supplies — were being saved from the brink of despair by community leaders, city workers and volunteers who came […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Most buildings in Tribeca survived the record-breaking Superstorm Sandy that ravaged the area — with the exception of Downtown’s largest youth community center. The Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center was completely submerged in water in the hours after the storm passed through the city, rendering its space kaput, according to executive […]

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Hurricane Sandy leaves W.T.C. largely unscathed

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS |  Though the World Trade Center didn’t incur significant damage, the complex had sizeable water accumulation in its basements that workers were still pumping out at press time on Friday. Some 200 million gallons of water from New York Harbor poured into the 16-acre site during the storm, according to the Port Authority […]

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BY KAITLYN MEADE |  Despite widespread alarm when the Consolidated Edison Company of New York shut off power to protect Lower Manhattan from Hurricane Sandy, the Hudson River Park Trust could only breathe a sigh of relief. Pier 40, the deteriorating pier near Houston St., narrowly avoided catastrophe during the storm. Madelyn Wils, president of the […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON   |  Downtowners once again are coming together, helping their neighbors — so the comparisons between Hurricane Sandy and 9/11 are natural. The key difference is that the devastating and tragic loss of life this time does not approach the magnitude of the attack 11 years ago. That of course does not make […]

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BY KAITLYN MEADE |  When Hurricane Sandy rolled toward the East Coast, the city immediately began to prepare for emergency conditions, including evacuation. Yet fewer people seemed worried about the storm after Irene failed to cause the damage predicted last year. Shortly before noon on Sun., Oct. 28, Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked residents to evacuate the […]

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Battery Park City photographer Jay Fine took these shots Tuesday of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel entrance floods in the morning and during the evening surge. Fine, 60, said his building on West Street has had power throughout. In the face of public calls to follow evacuation orders from the mayor, governor and president, he stayed […]

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Due to the enormous impact of Hurricane Sandy, please look for the next issue of Downtown Express Saturday, November 3, 2012. Feel free to contact us using the following information: Editor: Josh Rogers, josh@downtownexpress.com Associate Editor Aline Reynolds, 516-647-4941 areynolds@downtownexpress.com Advertising: Francesco Regini, 631-748-8345 francesco@downtownexpress.com Our office basement was inundated and our services —  phone, […]

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