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

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 …

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

By 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 …

New York City Storm Preparedness Proposals Introduced In City Council

After 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 …

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 …

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 …