Hurricane Sandy

A Flight from Sandy to Santa

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Rather than meet Santa at their local mall, 150 children from P.S. 197 visited him at his house at the North Pole, thanks to Delta Airlines’ annual “Holiday in the Hangar” event at Kennedy Airport. The airline created a simulated flight to transport the Queens students to a holiday party set up across the airport.

Disney star Ashley Tisdale helped St. Nick hand out presents and spread holiday cheer to the students, many of whom were left homeless after Superstorm Sandy ravaged their Far Rockaway neighborhood last year.

“We’re still getting there,” said P.S. 197 parent Donna Hamlet. “I think this Christmas, people are just more thankful. They understand that now we just can’t take things for granted.”

Digital Sandy Relief Demanded

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

The federal government has pumped over $3 billion dollars into New York City recovery efforts in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. But some critics say the money has been been slow in getting to storm victims.

 City Council members Donovan Richards, Jr. (D-Queens) and Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) are among the co-sponsors of a bill that would create a public online database that tracks how federal relief funds are being distributed and used.
Public Advocate-elect Letitia James, other elected officials and community members rallied on the steps of City Hall to draw attention to the proposal. The demonstration was followed by a City Council Finance Committee meeting where a representative for Mayor Bloomberg unveiled plans to create a similar database.

Tracking Patients During a Crisis

Saturday, November 16th, 2013
The storm surge and winds from Superstorm Sandy last year caused the evacuation of more than 13,000 patients from hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities in New York.
Though none of those evacuated were harmed during the storm, state officials decided to build a new system to keep track of patients. E-Finds, which was introduced over the summer, uses bracelets with scannable barcodes to account for patients.
State officials, who are testing the device in healthcare facilities, showed how the system worked Friday during a drill at Bellevue Hospital, one of six New York City hospitals evacuated during Sandy.
Bellevue Hospital staff members who worked during last year’s storm volunteered for the drill. They recalled taking quick, but methodical steps to get hundreds of patients out of the complex as millions of gallons of water flooded the hospital basement.

AudioFiles: Long Shot Dreams

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Unless you’re superhuman, making it to the Olympics is the quintessential long shot. AudioFiles roots for underdogs everywhere in its latest podcast – including a bobsledder hoping to compete in the Sochi games. We’ll also hear about one man’s attempt to work through endless city bureaucracy to honor his hero. And a year after Sandy, we visit a Bronx watering hole hoping to reopen after suffering devastating damage in the storm.

Plus, New York City now has a nationally-ranked, undefeated college football team. We’ll take you to a game from the team’s improbable season.

Our Guys joins us for a live set in the studio, and author G. Willow Wilson drops by for a Q&A.

Producer: MaryEileen Croke

Host: Elly Yu

Stories by: Tiffany Camhi, Ronald Chavez, Kathleen Culliton, Alex Eidman, and Topher Forhecz


Sandy Real Estate Slump Lingers

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Tunnel Repairs ‘R’ on Track

Friday, October 25th, 2013

A Coney Island Star is Reborn

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Girl’s ‘Silver Lining’ to Storm

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Preventing Crime, Post-Sandy

Thursday, April 18th, 2013