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  • December 8, 2021

    Hurricane Ida Recovery Aid is Too Little, Too Late, New York Storm Victims Say

    Renters and homeowners slammed by the deadly storm face different obstacles and seek varying types of relief. But their shared experiences — including living in fear of the next storm — underscore a housing crisis exacerbated by climate change.

  • November 17, 2021

    De Blasio Promises Queens Residents Displaced by Ida a New Shelter Closer to Home

    After THE CITY revealed that evacuees were set to be moved from a Kennedy Airport hotel to Brooklyn, City Hall reversed course. Meanwhile, the mayor vowed to help storm-battered New Yorkers get back home or to find permanent new housing.

  • November 16, 2021

    Queens Families Displaced By Ida Told to Pack Up and Move to Brooklyn From JFK Hotel

    Families are preparing to leave more than two months after record rainfall wrecked their homes and relocate a borough away as Thanksgiving nears, thanks to an order by the city.

  • October 28, 2021

    Cuomo Sandy-Recovery Program Strands Volunteers and Their Neighborhood Flood Protection Projects

    With $750 million from the federal government, in 2013 Albany asked New Yorkers to decide how to protect their communities from future storms. Planning participants say their projects have stalled.

  • October 26, 2021

    City Eyes New Push to Buy Out Flood-Prone Houses as Climate Change Hits Home

    The de Blasio administration wants Congress to fund a voluntary buyout program modeled on efforts launched after Superstorm Sandy, which hit nine years ago this week. The devastation wrought Sept. 1 by Ida has spurred calls to re-up the "managed retreat" strategy.

  • October 21, 2021

    Ida Devastation Spurs Call for a New ‘Build it Back’ Program for Flooding Victims

    Queens BP Donovan Richards pleads with de Blasio to "step up" as swamped homeowners deal with slow and small aid. He’s pushing for a version of the Sandy-inspired program to repair — and possibly elevate — flooded homes.

  • September 27, 2021

    Permanent Disaster Relief Fund Eyed for Undocumented New Yorkers in Ida’s Wake

    Gov. Kathy Hochul and top legislative leaders say they aren’t ruling out instituting a pool of financial assistance for immigrants shut out of federal disaster relief, as climate change toll grows.

  • September 26, 2021

    Ida Aid Coming for Undocumented Immigrants Via Newly Launched New York Fund

    Hochul comes to Queens Monday to announce $27 million in cash assistance for flooding victims excluded from FEMA help — including many still rebuilding their homes just blocks from where the governor will speak.

  • September 16, 2021

    Undocumented Immigrant New Yorkers Shut Out of Federal Hurricane Ida Aid

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has so far doled out $10 million to New Yorkers impacted by the devastating remnants of Hurricane Ida earlier this month. But many undocumented immigrants are being left out of that pool.

  • September 3, 2021

    Mayor’s Map Showed Most of Ida’s Victims Lived Where Rainfall Was Riskiest

    Locations flagged in May match spots where basement apartment-dwellers drowned in flash floods Wednesday night. De Blasio says he’s accelerating alerts in advance of heavy rains.

  • September 3, 2021

    Ida-Deluged NYC Drainage System All But Forgotten in Climate Battle

    Recent projects have expanded sewer capacity in some neighborhoods. But antiquated storm pipes leave the city vulnerable to the new normal of massive rain storms. "We need to rainproof New York City," one expert said.

  • September 3, 2021

    How to Clean Up After Ida: A Guide for the Flooded

    What you should know about safely putting your place back together, where to look for financial help and whether renters insurance covers flood damage. (Answer: Rarely.)

  • September 2, 2021

    NYC Basement Apartment Storm Deaths Renew Housing Advocates’ Calls for Legalization 

    With the de Blasio administration’s basement conversion pilot program stalled, tenants whose homes were just devastated by Hurricane Ida could be evicted just for seeking help.

  • September 2, 2021

    Food Delivery Workers Toiling Through Historic Flooding Call Skimpy Wages and Tips ‘A Cruel Joke’

    Even as the city shut down amid record rainfall, e-bike couriers kept picking up food for paltry pay — including $5 for an hour-long journey from Astoria to Brooklyn. Los Deliveristas Unidos members renewed their demands for better treatment.

  • September 2, 2021

    Historic Deadly Rains Put Spotlight on City’s Lack of Preparation

    The record-breaking deluge that pummeled the city overnight Wednesday revealed weaknesses in the city’s infrastructure and planning following the second historic weather event in less than two weeks.

  • September 2, 2021

    As MTA Subways Weather ‘100-Year Storms’ Every Month, ‘New Solutions’ Sought

    The third major storm to soak the city since July once again turned some subway stations into a default sewer system. It marked the latest frightening example of the mass transit system’s vulnerability to extreme weather — which is becoming the norm.

  • August 1, 2021

    When Climate Change Comes Knocking at Your Door, It’s Best to Be Prepared

    What would you do if you got caught in a flash flood? Events this summer in New York City and around the world have offered new stark — and wet — reminders that the global environmental crisis could land in your backyard at any minute.

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