Tuesday, October 25, 2022


Center for Brooklyn History

128 Pierrepont Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Hurricane Sandy hit New York City on October 29, 2012. Over the course of 48 hours ferocious wind, rain, and water left hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers without power, damaged the city’s critical infrastructure, displaced thousands of residents, and put innumerable city dwellers in vulnerable and dangerous positions with limited access to food, drinking water, healthcare, and critical services.

NYC’s coastal areas – from the Rockaways to Lower Manhattan – vary widely in their wealth and access to financial resources. We look back at these 10 years since Sandy’s wake-up call with three experts – Eddie Bautista, Executive Director of NYC Environmental Justice Alliance; Ron Shiffman, co-founder of the Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental Development; and Thaddeus Pawlowski, managing director of the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes at Columbia University – who reflect on resource allocation, the role of community involvement, and whether the city has met the challenge of providing fair and equal protections in response to climate change. Their conversation is moderated by Ellen Neisis, executive director of PennPraxis.

The program begins with a personal Sandy story from Rockaway resident and photographer Larry Racioppo who documented the impact of Sandy on his home and neighborhood. He will share his memories and images in a brief first-person account.