Superstorm Sandy

Texas Flood

Are Tall Buildings Safer When It Floods?

Conventional wisdom is that the most resilient city is that keeps high-density housing out of flood zones. But if flooding can happen miles inland, is that still true?

September 13, 2021 - Michael Lewyn

Robert Moses Field 4 Deserted Beach

New Hurricane Protections Leave New Yorkers Wanting More

"Glorified sandbags," costing $3 million, will be installed in New York City.

May 9, 2019 - CBS New York

Hurricane Sandy

Army Corps Proposes Sea Barriers to Protect New York from Rising Seas

A massive infrastructure project is on the table in New York, after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a new feasibility study.

July 10, 2018 - The Architect's Newspaper


New York's Post-Sandy Resilience Plans Have Lost Momentum

New York, like every other city in the United States, isn't more prepared for a major storm event than it was on October 29, 2012.

October 29, 2017 - WNYC

Flooding in Howard Beach

New York Updating its Flood Resilience Zoning

New York City intends to make sure that zoning codes are a tool for preventing the risks of flooding.

September 27, 2017 - NYC Planning

Rockaway Beach

Long Island Developers Taking Storm Risk Seriously

Tree-huggers many of them are not, but there's consensus among Long Island developers that storm resilience is an investment worth making.

September 13, 2017 - Newsday

Staten Island

New Staten Island Zoning Rules Would Prohibit Most Development in Flood-Prone Areas

An article in Crain's Business New York calls the new zoning rules proposed for neighborhoods in Staten Island a "back to nature" scheme.

July 10, 2017 - Crain's New York Business

Rockaway Beach

The New Boardwalk at Rockaway Beach Showcases Coastal Resilience

The new boardwalk at Rockaway Beach shows how sea level rise is requiring new design and infrastructure decisions for the resilience of coastal communities.

June 6, 2017 - Climate Central

The Rockaway Beach Boardwalk

Money Leftover from Superstorm Sandy Repairs Now Funding Parks in Queens

A boardwalk reconstruction project in Roackaway Beach, funded by FEMA after Superstorm Sandy, has money leftover. The public is invited to help decide how the money gets used.

December 29, 2016 - DNAInfo

New Jersey Coast

A Big, Expensive Legal Battle Over Coastal Dunes in New Jersey

A small group of residents in Ocean County, New Jersey have lawyered up to resist a state and federal project to build 22 miles of sand dunes to protect the New Jersey coast.

August 5, 2016 - The Record

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