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Sandy’s Impact & Aftermath

In October 2012, Superstorm Sandy caused the most costly and destructive disaster to impact New York City public housing in its history. The storm’s surge impacted 10 percent of NYCHA’s developments, knocking out power to more than 400 buildings and leaving 386 buildings without heat and hot water. Hundreds of trees on NYCHA property were uprooted, sand piles accumulating up to 4 feet tall blocked basement doors, and contaminated saltwater permanently destroyed boilers and electrical panels, underground electrical conduits, massive trash compactors and playgrounds. Vehicles piled up in the corner of parking lots and 30-foot long trash compactors were lifted and carried by the storm. Tens of millions of gallons of water was pumped from electrical and gas meter rooms, boiler rooms and other basement spaces. Superstorm Sandy caused over $3 billion in damage to NYCHA properties.

Recovery & Progress

NYCHA’s ability to build back better and stronger than before Sandy has been directly linked to the access and pace of recovery funding. In Spring 2015, NYCHA’s recovery efforts reached a major milestone with the award of nearly $3 billion in FEMA funding—the largest single FEMA grant to be awarded in history. With FEMA funding agreements in place and finalized in Fall 2015, extensive repairs to more than 30 developments can move from planning and design to construction and completion. Since community engagement is central to building back developments affected by the storm, the NYCHA Office for Disaster Recovery ’s community outreach team works closely with NYCHA residents and other community members to provide regular updates on recovery activities and project schedules.

Interactive Sandy Transparency Map

Sandy Map

Data and estimates are updated monthly. This map is best viewed in the latest Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari browsers. PDF documents may require Adobe Reader to view.

Use the drop down menu below to select a development and view renderings, estimated funding, projected schedules, and more.

Engagement by the Numbers

Calls Made
TA Meetings Attended
Homes Visited
Flyers Distributed
26,158 201 83 93,128

Data updated monthly.

Photos

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Living Room Before
Living Room After
“Bathroom
Bathroom Before
“Bathroom
Bathroom After

Environmental Assessment

Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) has been prepared to assess the potential impacts of the proposed project on the human environment. The PEA summarizes the project’s purpose and need, project alternatives, the affected environment, and potential environmental consequences for considered alternatives. Download the PEA via the links below:

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Contact Us


NYCHA Disaster Recovery Team
disaster.recovery@nycha.nyc.gov
212-306-8532