NY Aquarium Opens Shark Exhibit 6yrs After Sandy

Sharks are the stars of a splashy new exhibit at the New York Aquarium that marks a major step in the beachfront facility’s recovery from the devastating impact of 2012’s Superstorm Sandy. (June 25)

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25-ton floodgates installed in NYC

When Hurricane Sandy hit New York City in 2012, water flooded both car and train tunnels. The water did extensive damage to the electrical systems and wall and ceiling panels of the tunnels. Some train lines were delayed or closed for months. Now, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is installing heavy, metal floodgates that can be closed during big storms, to attempt to keep water out of the tunnels. Following is the text of the video.

Floodgates are being installed in New York City. The gates will keep flood waters out of tunnels. Many tunnels flooded during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and there was no way to stop the water.

These 25-ton gates will block car tunnels that connect Brooklyn and Manhattan. Other gates will block subway tunnels. Along with elevators leading to the subway. Fabric will be used to cover subway stairs. Each gate is custom made to fit the opening.

Joseph Lhota: “This is not something you go to Home Depot or go to Lowes that you can buy off the shelf. It needed to be made to make sure that it was completely sealed.”

The project cost $64 million. It’s halfway done. When finished, the gates can be shut within 30 minutes. Hopefully, enough time to keep the tunnels dry.


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Adriaan Geuze Made Governors Island Stormproof (HBO)

This segment originally aired Oct. 27, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

Landscape architect Adriaan Geuze has spent his whole life thinking about rising water.

“I’m born below sea level, so for me this is in my DNA,” Geuze told VICE News correspondent Arielle Duhaime-Ross to explain how his career got started. “I see the world differently because I’m from the Netherlands, a culture obsessed with sea level.”

In 2007, Geuze began redesigning the southern half of Governors Island, south of Manhattan. “When we came here the first time, we saw the island flat as a pancake, not more than three and a half feet above sea level,” he said. “I thought, would you build a park here, the park would be lost in the first storm.”

Geuze proposed building a series of rolling hills on its southern tip, providing beautiful views of the New York City skyline while protecting the island from future storm surges. “The most simple, low-tech solution for climate change if you live on the shore is that you elevate the land,” he said.

Four years ago, Hurricane Sandy put Geuze’s design to the test. The storm laid waste to the East Coast, destroying more than 200,000 homes and inflicting $50 billion in damage. Governors Island survived unscathed thanks to its storm-resistant design.

The challenge of protecting the world’s coastlines will only get harder as climate change continues, Geuze said. “The American coast is very vulnerable for flooding in the future,” he warned. “Most of civilization is on the shore, and the world is facing tremendous problems due to climate change, so we have to reengineer civilization.”

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The Recovery That Wasn’t: Two Years Since Hurricane Sandy

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Two years on, tens of thousands of New Yorkers are still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, some with homes that remain completely demolished.

Many of these residents continue to wait on funding for construction from NYC Build it Back, the program launched by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to allocate the nearly $2 billion in received federal aid. Until recently, the program had exhibited unmanageable bureaucratic problems — as of January this year, there had been no construction under the program.

VICE News spoke with those still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, and investigated what’s being done to bolster New York’s coastal communities and protect the population from future storms.

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