NYC Is Actually Building These Radical Storm-Proofing Systems

Nearly two years after Hurricane Sandy tore into NYC, the city's still not much more prepared than it was then. So news that the Federal government has doled out $540 million to fund a handful of flood-proofing infrastructure projects this week is a welcome surprise. Not to mention that the systems look pretty damn… » 6/04/14 12:00pm 6/04/14 12:00pm

Storm-Proofing NYC Will Cost At Least $11 Billion, But It's Worth It

Humans are almost universally bad at planning for the distant future—most of us would rather live in blissful, unprepared ignorance than think about our Roth IRA. The same goes for cities: Dealing with the next storm is way easier than spending many billions of dollars to protect us from storms 20 years down the road. » 5/02/14 1:20pm 5/02/14 1:20pm

How to Protect Cities from Sandy-like Storms? It's All About Islands

One year ago, Superstorm Sandy tore a path of destruction up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Earlier this week, ten architecture and planning teams revealed their solutions for rebuilding the city in a way that would promote resilience when the next hurricane comes along. One big takeaway? We need new islands. » 10/29/13 6:24pm 10/29/13 6:24pm

Amtrak Chose Not To Deluge Penn Station During Hurricane Sandy

While Hurricane Sandy raged over the New York metropolitan area, the underground infrastructure of the city began to flood. Now Amtrak is revealing that they could have let Penn Station flood instead of the Hudson River tunnels, using a long-forgotten barrier designed to protect the city during World War II. » 8/25/13 3:13pm 8/25/13 3:13pm

Three Major Ways NYC Is Already Preparing For the Next Big Storm

In June, Mayor Bloomberg presented a 438-page proposal that laid out hundreds of ways in which New York needs to adapt to survive storms like Sandy, which hit the city almost a year ago. Some of his recommendations were sensible, others were intriguing. Most of them seeemed like long-term investments. But the city is… » 8/12/13 11:00am 8/12/13 11:00am

Modular Beach Pavilions Are Replacing the Ones Hurricane Sandy Ruined

It's been seven months since Hurricane Sandy ravaged New York City-area beaches, decimating facilities like lifeguard stations and changing rooms, and it's been a race against the clock to get the beaches back in shape for the summer season. As part of the rebuilding effort, Garrison Architects were tapped to create… » 5/17/13 1:00pm 5/17/13 1:00pm

Verizon Won't Rebuild Its Landline Network in Some Sandy-Affected Areas

As the damage from Hurricane Sandy is disappearing and some things are returning back to normal for those in the hardest hit areas, six months after that hurricane devastated parts of the East Coast, Verizon is telling some customers that they will not be getting their landline phone service back—ever. At least not… » 5/06/13 6:11pm 5/06/13 6:11pm

Planning For the Next Sandy, Manhattan Building Installs a $250k Gate

After Hurricane Sandy blew through New York in October, the lion's share of media coverage focused on the beachfront, where damage was most visible. In lower Manhattan, though, the nine-foot storm surge took a subterranean toll, ruining millions of dollars worth of mechanical systems and forcing many developers to… » 4/16/13 10:40am 4/16/13 10:40am

Ask A Badass Hurricane Shooting Photojournalist Anything You Want

Along with devastating rain and winds, Hurricane Sandy brought along a torrent of photographs that flooded the internet before she even hit land. You've seen our coverage of the storm, and while many of the photos were taken by our own writers and readers, we — as well as the entire media industry — still rely on the… » 11/07/12 1:40pm 11/07/12 1:40pm

This Solar Truck Is Bringing Emergency Energy to Rockaway

The Rockaways are in a state of emergency. They haven't had power in a week, and it doesn't appear to be coming back any time soon. Independently operated aid distribution centers have been popping up, helping people get the food and supplies they need, but given gas shortages, it's been hard to keep things up and… » 11/05/12 9:20pm 11/05/12 9:20pm