Health and Environment
The city's evacuation zone maps used 2003 data. Some federal maps may have predicted a wider area of flooding. But scientists also made Sandy storm-surge predictions that were dwarfed when the tropical system rolled in.
A growing if largely invisible community hard-hit by Sandy faces a unique challenge: Undocumented immigrants must get help to fix illegal apartments.
From Gerritsen to Coney, trusted local organizations and ad-hoc operations have stepped into a void left by overstretched city departments and low-profile federal agencies.
In Brighton Beach, the normal patterns of life have returned amid piles of sand and the smell of rot.
A quick look at Coney Island suggests the neighborhood weathered Sandy well—the Wonder Wheel is still standing, after all. But a look inside businesses or into the eyes of residents tells a different story.
News reports have focused on Hurricane Sandy's devastation in New Jersey and Breezy Point. But from Coney Island to Brighton Beach to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklynites are struggling with the storm's impact.
With 15 hospital closings in the past decade, and six more in Brooklyn on shaky ground, New York's healthcare system is caught between balancing the budget and providing the medicine people need.
Some say there are too few bike lanes in low-income areas. But bike paths that do exist in those neighborhoods can stir resentment. How divided are Brooklynites when they get on two wheels?
Updated 11 a.m. November 13. Where to get information on free food, shelter, medical assistance and disaster aid.
Amid debris – with no power and in some cases no gas – homeowners , coop residents and business people along Emmons Avenue face a difficult recovery, but there was little talk of quitting.
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