What New York City Can Learn From Its Relationship With The Sea

Second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

Can New York City survive the sea?

This is the question Ted Steinberg, a Case Western Reserve University professor, poses in his recent book, Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York.

From the days when Mannahatta island was home to the indigenous Lenape tribe to today’s five-borough metropolis that houses more than 8 million people, one thing has remained constant: the story of New York City cannot be separated from water.

The city received a painful reminder of this two years ago when Hurricane Sandy struck the region, killing dozens, causing billions in damage and paralyzing the city’s transportation system. Sandy’s record-setting 13-foot storm surge revealed the vulnerability of Lower Manhattan in an era of rising sea levels.

The Huffington Post spoke with Steinberg about the city’s aquatic history and what the future may hold for Gotham. Continue reading “What New York City Can Learn From Its Relationship With The Sea”

Phone Charging Stations In NYC, Powered By Solar Panels, Debut Months After Sandy

r-PHONE-CHARGING-STATION-NYC-large570By Francesca Trianni

NEW YORK, June 18 (Reuters) – New York City unveiled the first of 25 free solar charging stations for mobile phones on Tuesday, installed in response to Superstorm Sandy, which wiped out power and forced residents to walk miles to charge their phones.

The Street Charge stations are New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s latest answer to flaws in infrastructure and operations exposed by the historic storm that ripped into the East Coast in October 2012 and left about 900,000 New York City dwellers and millions of others in the region without power. Continue reading “Phone Charging Stations In NYC, Powered By Solar Panels, Debut Months After Sandy”

New York City Storm Preparedness Proposals Introduced In City Council

New York And New Jersey Continue To Recover From Superstorm SandyAfter months of mulling New York City’s response to Superstorm Sandy, lawmakers proposed Wednesday to require backup generators for traffic lights, a system to track everyone in shelters for people with medical problems and other changes in emergency response.

The City Council proposals also include planning for emergency bus and ferry service if subways go down, preparing to run shelters for long-term stays and planning to go door to door to find homebound people who need help. Other measures would call on the city administration to come up with plans to deal with post-storm fuel shortages and to help small businesses bounce back from disasters. Continue reading “New York City Storm Preparedness Proposals Introduced In City Council”

Staten Islanders Question Whether Giant Ferris Wheel Would Stand Up To Hurricane

NEW YORK — Staten Islanders tongue-lashed a proposal to build the world’s largest Ferris wheel in a hurricane evacuation zone during a public meeting Tuesday night, questioning both whether it would hold up during a storm of Sandy’s magnitude and also the decision to go ahead with the meeting despite continuing recovery efforts.

The 625-foot-tall wheel would be located near the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island. The project is backed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the city’s representative on major development projects, but would be funded with $250 million in private investment. Continue reading “Staten Islanders Question Whether Giant Ferris Wheel Would Stand Up To Hurricane”

For Public Housing Residents After Sandy, ‘A Slow-Motion Katrina’

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Ask anyone living in Cobble Hill or Carroll Gardens or Park Slope earlier this week, and they would tell you that they have power, hot water and Wi-Fi. In fact, most of the $1 million-plus townhouses and local businesses in Brooklyn’s wealthier neighborhoods never lost any basic necessities, even during the worst of the storm. Continue reading “For Public Housing Residents After Sandy, ‘A Slow-Motion Katrina’”