Posts Tagged 'Hurricane Sandy'

Ellis Island is Finally Reopening

Starting next week, Ellis Island will finally be open to the public again. A short distance away from the Statue of Liberty, from 1892 to 1954 the island was the place where around 10.5 million immigrants first stepped foot in America. It was there that new immigrants from the Old World would land and go through the necessary legal process of getting American citizenship which back then only took a few hours. The immigration station closed in 1954, was made part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1966, and is now a museum dedicated to the important role immigration played in America’s history.

Ellis Island was closed off to the general public last year after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc in New York Harbor. Of all of the historical places in the area Ellis Island probably got the worst of Sandy’s wrath. For comparison, Liberty Island was able to reopen in time for the Fourth of July this year. Thankfully many of the museum’s artifacts were removed and safely stored prior to the hurricane hitting but even a year later the damage has not been fully repaired yet. Why then is the island reopening? I think it has to do with timing and money. Next week will be both the one-year anniversary of Sandy hitting and the 127th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty being dedicated which would make it a good time to coordinate the reopening. The financial reason is that both the park and the ferries have had a brutal year financially. The number of people visiting Liberty and Ellis Islands are less than half of the number of people that visited in 2012. For all of those reasons Ellis Island is now back up and running and ready to accept more people to its shores again.

Notice how they’re both on the New Jersey side of the river though.

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Using Sand To Save Us From Another Sandy

You may not know it by looking at the weather forecasts but the North Atlantic is right in the middle of hurricane season. While places like Florida are very aware of this and have been for decades, residents of New York and New Jersey have new found reasons for concern during hurricane season. Prior to Irene in 2011 the last hurricane to come within 150 miles of New York City was all the way back in 1986. Now that we’re almost a year away from the wrath of Sandy questions are arising about what can be done to make any future hurricanes less destructive. There have been proposals for dams blocking off all of New York harbor, but the easiest and cheapest solution to be implemented has been sand dunes, and they have worked incredibly well.

The town of Ortley Beach on the Jersey Shore was one of the worst hit areas from Sandy. Many of the residences there were damaged beyond repair and still to this day most of the damage done still hasn’t been repaired. However, if you go a few miles south on Route 35 you will be in the town of Midland Beach which escaped Sandy mostly unscathed. Only one home saw any significant water damage there. The difference between the widespread destruction in Ortley Beach and the lack there of in Midway Beach can be attributed to sand dunes. Midway Beach’s sand dunes were started decades ago to avoid what residents considered a nuisance. Sand from the beach was being blown into the streets and residents were tired of having to clean it up. The 25 foot dunes were built up to keep the streets clean but decades later they ended up saving the homes of almost everyone.

So how does one build up such a defense on the shore? For a dune to form it needs to have some kind of anchor for the sand. That role is being filled by picket fencing and discarded Christmas trees. What is also needed are plants for the top of the dunes to keep them in place. The interesting thing for species of beach grass is that they will grow higher as the dunes grow. planting them now when the dunes are small will ensure that they have deeper roots to keep more sand where it is supposed to be. The biggest thing that a strong dune system needs though is time. They work best when the ocean wind builds them up naturally instead of just dumping a big pile of sand at the beach and calling it a day. I sincerely hope that we don’t get another storm like Sandy ever again but we shouldn’t be naive enough to forget the lessons it taught us. Through intelligent long-term planning and investments in things like dunes, we can prevent a great deal of destruction the next time we’re in the path of a hurricane.

I don’t want the Jersey Shore looking like this ever again.

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24th Annual New York Cares Coat Drive

Attention New Yorkers! December is the month to donate coats to the New York Cares Coat Drive. As the pre-winter’s cold has already made it mark on the tri-state, you’ve most likely visited your coat closet for something warm to wear. This year more than ever, as New York City recovers from the unprecedented effects of Hurricane Sandy, winter coats are desperately needed. In addition to the 90% of homeless adults who need winter coats every year, there are thousands of displaced New Yorkers without homes and living in shelters due to the storm. The New York Cares Coat Drive is aiming to gather 200,000 coats this winter, their largest goal yet. As it is the season of giving, please take another look through your closet and see if you have any lightly worn coats to donate to this important cause and help a neighbor in need stay warm this winter. Below is a list of collection sites through the city.

Public collection sites:

  • The New York Cares Warehouse: 157 West 31st Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, open from 9am to 4pm Mon – Fri (Note: When you arrive, Coat Drive staff will be there to accept your donation)
  • All New York City Police Precincts
  • New York Public Library Locations
  • Brooklyn Public Library Locations
  • Queens Library Locations
  • New York Penn Station (M – F, 7:00am to 9:00am)
  • Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center (M – F, 7:00am to 9:00am)
  • Jamaica Center Subway Station (M -F, 7:00am to 9:00am)
  • Grand Central Terminal (M – F, 7:00am to 9:00am, Dec. only)
  • Citi Pond at Bryant Park
  • Prospect Park
  • The following organizations have various locations collecting: 86th Street Chevrolet, American Bible Society, Anne’s Treeland, Center for Automotive Education & Training, Greater NY Automobile Dealers Association Members, Janovic Paint & Decorating Centers, Municipal Credit Union, Star Auto Group Dealerships, Sovereign Motor Cars, Storage Deluxe, Storage Post, Tent & Trails, West Side Y, YogaWorks, Spider-Man on Broadway

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Hurricane Sandy benefits and fund-raising events in New York City has compiled a list of Hurricane Sandy benefits and fund-raising events in New York City.

It goes without saying that New York City and the surrounding areas will be dealing with the aftermath of the effects from Hurricane Sandy for quite some time. Relief efforts will be on going and it’s important to remember that aid will be needed as the weeks and months go on. As the city works to re-build, you can do you part but attending one or several of the events mentioned in this article which run through November 25th. The proceeds from these events will go to directly to various Hurricane Sandy relief organizations.

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