At a recent holiday gathering, one of the things that came up over cocktails was Superstorm Sandy and two of the proposals to protect us from the next such storm. Both call for adding landfill in the East River near the South Street Seaport. One plan—called “Seaport City”—proposes building housing and new parks. The other—known as “The Big U”—involves digging a tunnel beneath the landfill and sending a portion of the FDR Drive underground.
If the Super Bowl never returns to the New York-New Jersey region, don’t blame it on the weather. The gods of pigskin made sure that the game was played on the only decent day we’ve had in weeks.
It’s too bad that New Jersey Transit spoiled the occasion for the 30,000 or so fans who Read More
A Cup of Joe
Did Governor Chris Christie use Sandy relief funds to advertise Governor Chris Christie?
Already under investigation for his involvement in the “Bridge-gate” scandal, the New Jersey governor is now facing a federal audit for alleged misuse of federal relief money.
Governor Christie has come under fire for appearing in a series Read More
Vice President Joe Biden paid a visit to Albany today to tout Superstorm Sandy rebuilding efforts–and had nothing but praise for Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“You’re not just leading in New York, you’re leading the country. And I think a lot of governors and a lot of folks can learn an awful lot from what they see in what you do here,” said Mr. Biden, sitting next to Mr. Cuomo in the state Capitol.
It was a storm without precedent, and yet it is clear, 12 months later, that the city was about as prepared as it could have been for Superstorm Sandy. Evacuations were ordered and, for the most part, heeded. Key infrastructure assets were secured well before the storm, saving lives and property. Public servants, from high-level elected officials to rank-and-file emergency workers, were on the job day and night, offering reassurance to thousands who will always remember Oct. 29, 2012, as the worst day of their lives.
Superstorm Sandy reminded New Yorkers that they live near the sea, and that the sea is not always an ideal neighbor.
Less than a year after Sandy left so many homes and businesses devastated, City Hall rolled out an ambitious $20 billion plan to prepare New York for an age of extreme weather, an age Read More
What's in a Name
The sun was setting when we arrived at Pier 11 in Red Hook last week. It glinted off the Statue of Liberty and bathed the Mary A. Whalen in a golden glow. Brightly colored maritime flags flapped over the boat’s deck, where a small crowd—which included schoolchildren, old salts, hip-hop dancers and two blue-and-gold macaws—had congregated to wish the oil tanker a happy 75th.
“We knew that she launched in 1938, but we only recently learned that her birthday was May 21,” said Carolina Salguero, who bought the Mary Whalen for approximately $16,500 in 2006 as a home for her nonprofit PortSide New York. “Maritime historian Norman Brouwer discovered the exact date.”
The Parade Must Go On
A new thrill ride on the Jersey Shore will be named Super Storm, so that riders can remember how much fun it was when Sandy ravaged the coastline and destroyed their homes.
The spinning, pendulum-shaped ride, which is slated to be open sometime before the Fourth of July, will help replace some of the iconic Read More
Six months ago, Superstorm Sandy left Coney Island’s annual Mermaid Parade high and dry. Now, parade participants are hoping their new Kickstarter campaign will help them get back on their flippers.When Sandy struck Coney Island last October, it completely flooded the Mermaid Parade’s headquarters on Surf Avenue. With thousands of dollars of Read More