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Three years after Sandy, is Lower Manhattan better protected?

BY CATHERINE MCVAY HUGHES   |  Water surrounds Community Board 1 on three sides, and we experienced one of the highest inundation levels in Manhattan during Superstorm Sandy on Oct.29, 2012, with seven feet of water in some areas. Two people drowned in our district that night three years ago, and property damage was extreme.  […]

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  Having made it to the second, and final, round of a national competition where $1 billion is up for grabs for storm protection, the city plans on submitting an application focused on Lower Manhattan — just not all of it. The National Disaster Resilience Competition (N.D.R.C.) is the last of Superstorm […]

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BY JOSH ROGERS  |  Nine Lower East Side public housing complexes will be able to tap into a $3 billion federal fund to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week in Red Hook. The nine are part of 33 NYCHA projects around the city that will receive […]

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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 […]

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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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