Friday, October 24th, 2014
It has been nearly two years since Superstorm Sandy destroyed his family’s home, but much of Josh Suben’s life is still up in the air.
Suben, 60, an architect and Seagate neighborhood resident, says he has struggled to regain everything he lost, including the Atlantic Avenue beach-front home — value estimated at $600,000 — where he and his family of five lived for the previous 11 years.
But his fate, like that of thousands of New Yorkers, rests in the hands of the city’s Build it Back program, established by former-Mayor Michael Bloomberg to help rebuild or restore the lost or damaged homes of local Sandy victims.
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Two years after Superstorm Sandy, one park in Gravesend is just now getting power back.
Though the streets in the area didn’t see much above-ground flooding, the storm’s salt waters managed to corrode the underground wiring serving the park at the corner of McDonald Avenue and Avenue S. As a result, the McDonald Playground bathrooms have been locked to keep people from injuring themselves in an unlit bathroom.
Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
Streets and buildings flooded, power out, trains down, lives disrupted and taken. No, we’re not talking about the effects of Superstorm Sandy two years ago. We’re talking about New York’s future, with the kind of extreme weather experts warn could hit the city in the years ahead.
Given the forecasts and the lessons of Sandy’s massive impact, do residents in some of the most climate-vulnerable New York neighborhoods think they’re any safer than when Sandy hit? Has the city made progress in fostering a more climate-safe New York?
To find out, our reporters joined a group of partners in launching a multi-faceted special project that includes live reporting and a crowdsourcing effort.
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.”