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#Sandy5: New York Slow Recovery Spurs Protest March

Five years after Superstorm Sandy slammed the city, AdaptNY curates anniversary coverage on New York's incomplete recovery, its prospects for a more resilient future, and a protest march where residents demanded more action both.


  1. Lots of content in media was focused on which were the consequences of Superstorm Sandy, and how the city is still coping with those, five years after it hit the city.
  2. "The city’s public housing is in a particularly parlous stasis – of the 33 apartment towers that required repair work on crippled heating and lighting systems, only one property has completed work."
  3. Reports were also focused on the city dwellers at the march, who still demand the city to catch up with resilience efforts and rebuilding.
  4. "We could’ve done it better,” she said. “I think next time we face any sort of tragedy, we have to take a few more deep breaths, which is very, very, hard to do in the moment.”
  5. "It was a physical infrastructure project that was supposed to be completed by last year. It still hasn’t been done.
    And I don’t give the city good marks for that, because that means that, with the next event, that East Harlem residents along 1st Avenue on the Harlem River Drive Corridor could be seeing floodwaters at their doorsteps and beyond again, and that’s not acceptable," said Cecil Corbin-Mark from WeAct.
  6. Which are the ways in which a city can be more resilient to extreme weather events? Media coverage was also focused on some projects inspired from the Sandy experience.
  7. Rebuilding and preparing for the next big storm often centers on infrastructure and architecture, less so on plants.
    But Bill Ulfelder, the executive director of the Nature Conservancy in New York, said, “There are places where you can combine natural and built infrastructure.”
  8. "They calculate that in the four states with the most conserved marshland—Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and Virginia—the economic damage of Hurricane Sandy was between 20 and 30 percent smaller than it could have been. In New Jersey, where 10 percent of the land area is wetland, conserved marsh staved off $430 million in damages."
  9. You can also check out the special video that we shot at the rally before the march.