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.”
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.