movin' on up
The Daily News staff finally moved back into their headquarters at 4 New York Plaza today, a little over a year after Hurricane Sandy forced them out of their downtown offices.
The city’s Campaign Finance Board announced tonight that it has postponed the third and final mayoral debate to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.
The 90-minute debate, which had previously been scheduled for Tuesday, October 29, will now be held on Wednesday, October 30, kicking off at 7 p.m.
A year after Hurricane Sandy ravaged parts of the city, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is certain his administration did just about everything right during the recovery.
“Somebody will write a book about this,” he declared today during his weekly radio sit-down with WOR’s John Gambling.
Rock You Like a Hurricane
Republican Congressman Michael Grimm is not a fan of Bill de Blasio’s Hurricane Sandy recovery plan.
Yesterday, Bill de Blasio outlined a plan to use federal Sandy recovery money to fix some of the “greater wrongs” of the city by creating living-wage jobs, affordable housing and community health care sites in areas hard-hit by the storm–aspirations that touch on many of the Democratic mayoral nominee’s campaign themes.
Halloween didn’t happen in New York last year. If you’ll recall, all the ghouls and goblins were held captive indoors after Hurricane Sandy surged through the city, sadly having nowhere to vomit and embarrass themselves in public.
And because Halloween didn’t happen, New York City’s crazy, fantastical Village Halloween Parade didn’t happen either. Read More
Things Fall Apart
Rockaway Beach’s stylish metal bathrooms made an impressive debut when they opened at the beginning of this beach season, seven months after Hurricane Sandy. The Observer remembers being impressed by the clean, sunlit interiors when we visited in June, as well as by the Parks Department’s dedication to keeping them up—a worker stationed inside had been assigned the Sisyphean task of sweeping up sand.
But last weekend, looking to enjoy what we are constantly being reminded are the last days of summer, we were disappointed to find two sleek modular pods thirty blocks apart both closed off with metal chains. Beachgoers a Beach 69th Street were re-directed to a stand of nearby porta-potties, though the attached lifeguard station was open. Walking down the beach a few hours later, we discovered that while the brick-and-mortar bathroom by Beach 90th was open, its modular companion was not.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, chair of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, today announced a strategy intended to both act as a model for communities across the country faced with extreme weather and offer guidelines on how the government will continue to invest in the areas affected by last fall’s storm.
“Recent disasters have shown families how our changing climate is impacting lives and nowhere is that more apparent than in New York,” Mr. Donovan, a native New Yorker who previously served as commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, noted on a conference call earlier today.
Anthony Weiner returned to the Sandy-damaged Rockaways last night–in the heart of his old congressional district–to rally his former base as he tries to rescue his spiraling campaign in the wake of his latest sexting scandal.
But the event served as a bitter reminder to some of his staunchest supporters, who spoke with disappointment and anger that Mr. Weiner, they felt, had blown his chances at City Hall with his latest sexting scandal. With his self-destruction, they said, he had also destroyed any hope of electing a candidate who cared about the far-flung peninsula, where boarded-up houses still line the waterfront.
Raging against libertarian-minded presidential hopefuls is normally the territory of Long Island Congressman Pete King, but this morning, Staten Island’s Michael Grimm stepped up to the plate, labeling Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s comments regarding Hurricane Sandy aid “disgraceful” and “simply moronic.”
Now that question raised repeatedly in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy—should we be re-building or developing New York’s storm-ravaged waterfront at all—has largely been answered in the affirmative (with the notable exception of several neighborhoods in Staten Island where the city bought out many residents), the city now faces the question of how.
While Mayor Bloomberg’s idea-packed, 432-page A Stronger, More Resilient New York plan covers all the bases and then some (ahem, SeaPort City), the unveiling of the four finalists for the FAR ROC Design Competition adds some new ideas to the mix. The competition, which the city launched in April, resulted in 117 proposals for Arverne East, a massive oceanfront parcel in Far Rockaway that is slated for a future affordable housing development. And while the city is unlikely to adopt any of the proposals whole hog (though it would be fascinating if they did), a number of elements may well be incorporated into the 80-acre development, as well as many others around the city.