Nov 23 (Reuters) – After another day of pumping out their
swampy, moldy houses, neighbors in Breezy Point in New York City
huddled at the quaint generator-powered firehouse Wednesday
night, stamping their feet to stay warm. Neighbors picked at
food from tin cans and sipped soups from Styrofoam cups as they
lamented the growing holes in a safety net they thought they
had: homeowner’s insurance.
“They’re covering five shingles and a piece of gutter, and
that’s it,” says Kathleen Valentine, a fire alarm dispatcher who
spent the night of Superstorm Sandy working while her house
filled with water and dead fish. Her insurance agent from
Narragansett Bay Insurance Company said her policy would pay
only for wind damage. She is still waiting for someone from the
federal flood insurance program to show up.
NEW YORK, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Giant helium balloons rose
above the treetops along New York’s Central Park on Wednesday
ahead of the 86th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the largest
public event so far in a city still recovering from Superstorm
The parade that typically draws 3.5 million spectators and
50 million television viewers will follow a new route this year,
skipping Times Square entirely – to the chagrin of business
owners there. Instead, the procession will head down Sixth
Avenue, also known as the Avenue of the Americas, before
culminating at Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Few thought it would take quite so long to fully restore the dimmed lights of the famed skyline of New York City’s Financial District.
At last, however, firms displaced by the flooding and power outages brought on by Superstorm Sandy seem ready to return downtown, if a little warier of the rivers and sea that surrounds them.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Yorkers took to the streets on Sunday to reinforce recovery from Superstorm Sandy, volunteering to help clean up devastated neighborhoods and using an annual Veterans Day parade to collect donations for victims still struggling without homes or electricity.
Police raised the storm-related fatality toll in New York City to 43, adding the death of a 77-year-old retired custodian who was found paralyzed last week at the bottom of the steps of his apartment building in Rockaway, Queens, with head injuries. He died at a hospital on Saturday, they said.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Yorkers took to the streets on Sunday to help in the recovery from superstorm Sandy, volunteering to clean up devastated areas and using the annual Veterans Day parade to collect donations for victims struggling without homes or power.
Police raised the storm’s death toll in New York City to 43, adding the death of a 77-year-old retired custodian who was found last week at the bottom of the steps of his apartment building in Rockaway, Queens, paralyzed and with head injuries. He died at a hospital on Saturday, they said.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – After filling dumpsters with ruined inventory, many owners of New York City’s shops and restaurants find themselves waiting on emergency loans and insurance companies or trying to personally finance their recovery from Superstorm Sandy.
The progress is uneven on lower Manhattan’s trendy Avenue C, which was heavily flooded during last week’s historic storm.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nearly a million New York public school students returned to class on Monday after a week at home following superstorm Sandy, although many wore extra layers while janitors repaired drowned heating systems.
About 94 percent of the city’s 1,700 public schools reopened on Monday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said during a visit to a school in Brooklyn that had its basement flooded by the storm last week. The school’s power and heating have been restored.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Pumping water out of basements and yanking rotten food out of refrigerators, shop and restaurant owners said on Thursday they wonder when the power will come back and, more importantly, how they will possibly recover from the damage left by Sandy.
Thousands of small businesses, without power since the storm hit New York City on Monday, face the likelihood of darkness at least until the weekend, if not longer, authorities say.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The crown of the Statue of Liberty will reopen to the public on Sunday – the 126th anniversary of its dedication – after a year-long renovation to make the New York landmark safer and more accessible to people in wheelchairs.
The $30 million renovation of the statue, which towers over Liberty Island in New York Harbor, improved fire alarms, sprinkler systems and exit routes to bring Lady Liberty in line with New York City safety codes, the National Park Service said.
NEW YORK, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Pollution from factories and
mines is putting the health of 125 million people at risk
worldwide and is as dangerous in the developing world as malaria
or tuberculosis, according to a report published on Tuesday by
two environmental advocacy groups.
The researchers behind the “2012 World’s Worst Pollution
Problems” report say theirs is the first substantial attempt to
estimate the number of people sickened or killed worldwide
because they work in or live near tanneries, recycling plants,
chemical factories or mines, among other toxic industries.