The federal government has given the Navy Yard a $1,687,000 grant to repair damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy, according to the Brooklyn Eagle. The Navy Yard Corporation will use the money to fix up docks and berths destroyed by the storm. Senators Kristen Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer announced the award, which came from FEMA, on Tuesday.

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $1.687 Million Grant for Brooklyn Navy Yard [Eagle]
Navy Yard Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by mcmillianfurlow


The city and state are looking for a firm to study and design (but not build) an integrated flood protection system for Red Hook. Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio sent out a press release yesterday announcing a request for proposals, and have already committed $100,000,000 in city and state funding to flood protection. The whole project, including construction, will cost an estimated $200,000,000 and protect 370 acres of land, including Red Hook Houses and “other key buildings and infrastructure in the 100-year floodplain.”

Long-term flood protection strategies may involve “a combination of partially deployable floodwalls and raised development, park retrofits and street raising, resilient building retrofits and redevelopment, and improvements to drainage and pumping facilities,” according to the press release. The Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency and the NYC Economic Development Corporation will head up the actual implementation of the project.  They’ll also design the final measures with help from the Red Hook NY Rising Community Reconstruction Planning Committee.

Above, Red Hook flooded during Hurricane Sandy. Curbed was the first to write about the announcement.

Photo via Twitter


The New York Times took a look at Canarsie as a place to live and discovered a close-knit, diverse community with affordable homes. One- and two-family homes range from $350,000 to $600,000. The prices are still off their 2007 highs, when a two-family cost $450,000 to $725,000, thanks to the twin blows of the mortgage crisis and Hurricane Sandy.

“The mortgage crisis is only getting worse in Canarsie, and it’s been exacerbated by Sandy,” Angella Davidson, who manages the foreclosure prevention program of the nonprofit Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush, told the Times. “People who already were struggling to pay their mortgage are now falling further behind, because they’re using money that should be earmarked for their mortgage to replace boilers and Sheetrock. And Sandy has forced people who were not in foreclosure to face potential foreclosure.”

Many residents faced two to three feet of flooding in their basements, and much of the damage isn’t covered by insurance. And to make matters worse, 10 percent of small homes (one- to four-unit properties) were in foreclosure in Canarsie as of June, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

But Canarsie brokers feel like the market is beginning to pick up there, based on the number of sales.  “Canarsie has not recovered much from the mortgage crisis,” Jean-Paul Ho, broker-owner of Brooklyn Real Property, said, “but you can feel it in the volume of transactions. Nothing was selling last year, but now the activity is there.”

Living in: In Canarsie, a Coalition of the Tried-and-True [NY Times]
Photo by Paul Lowry


Image source: Heritage Radio

We caught wind of the short film, Beach 87th St./Surfing After Sandy from the NYDN. Filmed by Jesse and Lukas Huffman in documentary style, it features the surfing community and how they were affected by Hurricane Sandy. It was filmed about 34 days after the storm.

It starts with a retelling of what things were like on October 29, 2012 from the vantage point of J. Scott Klossner, Keone Singlehurst and Beth Perkins, bungalow dwellers on Beach 87th Street. They talked of friends’ and neighbors’ homes flooding, with some residents not knowing how to swim. Things floated, and some crashed and broke.


Image source: NY Times/Google/FEMA

The NY Times has a cool interactive map called A Survey of the Flooding in N.Y.C. After the Hurricane. The most major flooding that happened in Queens was in the Rockaways and Jamaica Bay/Broad Channel, but the map shows us all the other areas that flooded significantly – LaGuardia and JFK airports; down into Flushing Meadows Corona Park; all along Little Neck Bay and then into Alley Pond Park; the areas bordering Newtown Creek; and Hunters Point in LIC. In general, areas along the shoreline flooded, some more than others.


Image source: Google – click to enlarge

We mentioned both the Google Crisis Map: Superstorm Sandy and the Google Crisis Map: Superstorm Sandy: NYC on October 28, which at that point had a few things to offer – the location of the storm, webcams, and a few other things. Since then, it’s exploded with information that is incredibly valuable during this post-Sandy world in NYC. More about the map:

This map displays information about current crises and events for which the Google Crisis Response team has collected geographic information. The data comes from a variety of sources, including official information sources and user-generated content. See the Layers list for additional details about each layer.

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The Greenpoint Star reports that toxic Superfund site Newtown Creek did overflow and it “overwhelmed the streets of Greenpoint, flooding homes and companies in the area.” And since Newtown Creek is on the border between Queens and Brooklyn, it also overflowed into parts of Queens, including LIC/Dutch Kills and Ridgewood.

The flooding is going down, but “lingering questions” remain.


Donating and volunteering in a post-Sandy world

We’ve put together a list of volunteer opportunities and donation centers in Queens. Lots of people are stepping up and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. It warms our hearts. We hope you can find something to help out with, and thank you for your assistance to our fellow New Yorkers during this challenging time.

Ah, this weekend’s NYC Marathon – keep it on schedule, yea or nay? Our readers overwhelmingly say…

NO. We asked, and here are some comments from twitter.

Broad Channel also suffered damage during Hurricane Sandy

Broad Channel, a small community smack dab in the middle of Jamaica Bay, also suffered a lot of damage during Hurricane Sandy, mostly in the form of flooding. See what happened through photos and accounts during and after the storm. Our best wishes are with the folks there cleaning up from all that water. Be sure to check out the surreal sight of a boat in the middle of the Cross Bay Parkway.

More images from the Rockaways, some looking post-apocalyptic

Curbed sent talented photographer Nathan Kensinger down to the Rockaways after the storm and he took a series of photos. Definitely worth checking out.

There’s been talk of erecting a sea wall to combat storm surge

Slate has a article that discusses ways for NYC to avoid storm surge during the next big hurricane (we hope there won’t be a next time). Comparisons are made to the Netherlands, who oversee a special relationship between the land and sea. Here’s their solution to the threat of hard core flooding:

The Dutch have responded to this problem with an impressively elegant solution: Make the coast shorter. In the wake of a 1916 flood, they erected the Zuiderzee Works to turn a former inlet of the North Sea into a nice tame lake. Today, the Afsluitdijk—a causeway 32 kilometers long, 90 meters wide, and 7.25 meters high—separates the North Sea from two freshwater lakes known as the IJsselmeer and the Markermeer, in the process protecting a huge swath of Holland, including Amsterdam itself, from storm surges.

An even more relevant precedent is the massive Delta Works series of dams and flood control devices in the southwestern Netherlands. These works protect, among other things, the enormous port of Rotterdam, meaning that they can’t completely sever the mainland from the sea the way Afsluitdijk did.

The article goes on to say that implementing systems like this is expensive (not a surprise) and it still wouldn’t protect areas like the Rockaways, who were some of the hardest hit communities in the metro area. Still, it’s an interesting thing to think of and perhaps one day a less expensive, more effective derivative will be developed. Here’s to progress.