NYU Divest Tries To Restart The Hurricane Sandy Conversation

SandyLast night in Kimmel, in a video art installation that drew barely any viewers, members of NYU Divest showed a short, silent film designed to remind students of the destruction that Hurricane Sandy caused on the East Coast, as well as the prospect that climate change will cause an increase in such storms.The short, a silent film, combined imagery from news footage of the storm with original photography by Dorothy Lam, a …

Two Years After Hurricane Sandy, New York City Is Still Vulnerable

0002795-R1-009-3Jackie Burpee was in her dorm at the University of Wisconsin when she heard about the severity of the storm. She had heard about the possibility of a bad hurricane days before, but had no idea how bad it would be until it hit. Though her parents’  house, three miles inland from the coast in Fair Haven, New Jersey, was safe, her hometown’s roads were entirely flooded with water and sand—houses and businesses were torn …

Concert to Benefit NYU Divest Draws A Crowd That Doesn’t Even Go Here

“This is such an exciting evening that has really not even been put on by us,” Gallatin Junior Sophie Lasoff told the audience gathered at a benefit concert for NYU Divest on Saturday night. An NYU divest student leader, she seemed blown away by the way the night’s audience and entertainment stretched far beyond the university community.NYU students were well represented in the audience, but they were far outnumbered by …

Hurricane Sandy Filled New York City’s Waterways With Poop, Report Says

After Hurricane Sandy walloped the northeast last fall, we saw some of the worst environmental impacts the New York City has ever experienced. There were threats of water-borne illnesses, garbage floating in plain sight, and even rumors of “super-rats” roaming the trash-strewn streets.Now, a new study from the research group Climate Central has announced what may be the grossest aftereffect of them all: 10 billion gallons of raw and partially treated …

Governor Cuomo’s Ultimatum Leaves Con Ed Execs Without Bonuses

This past weekend, Gothamist reported that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently released a statement about the bonus checks given to Con Edison employees for their work during Hurricane Sandy.Four executives–including president of the gas and power subsidiary, Craig Ivey, Chief Financial Officer Robert Hoglund, and utility’s general counsel Elizabeth Moore–were given $614,000 in bonus pay. The New York Post said that the company claimed that they deserved these bonuses for supervising ”significant challenges” six …

NHL Alumni And NYPD Face Off In Charity Hockey Game For Sandy Relief

At the end of October, Hurricane Sandy hit. For us at NYU, it created a weird limbo; classes were canceled, we had no power or water, and some were evacuated from dorms. Surrounded by destruction, we had a pseudo-vacation, complete with Alec Baldwin. While that may seem like a distant memory, Sandy is still affecting plenty of New Yorkers.With that in mind, the New York Police …

[PHOTOS] Four Months After Sandy, Staten Island Still Recovering

Although Staten Island’s suburban expanse often flies below the radar of cosmopolitan Manhattanites, it’s still a part of New York City. Hurricane Sandy tore through the region at the end of October, but even after four months, it’s obvious that coastal areas are still hurting. We took the X1 bus to Great Kills one morning to document the lingering effects of the storm on coastal Staten Island. More photos after the jump.

NYU Langone Reopens With Tension

Not everyone knows how hard NYU’s Langone Medical Center worked in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. More than 6,000 patients were forced to leave their hospital beds during the storm, and the back-up power generator went out at NYU Langone, forcing evacuation.While now most of NYU Langone is back up and running, Sandy cost NYU $1.2 billion. WNYC reported that though funding from FEMA, the National Institutes of Health and NYU’s insurance policies should …

Barge Spills Oil In Staten Island: NYC Waters Can’t Catch A Break

Just as New York City was recovering from one environmental catastrophe, another one is threatening to take its place.Last weekend, a barge reportedly carrying 112,000 gallons of oil leaked some of its fuel into New York’s waters, the U.S. Coast Guard reported. Reports of oil in the waters around Kill Van Kull, a strait between Staten Island and New Jersey, came in around 11 pm on Friday.

Fracking Pipeline Threatens Sandy’s Worst-Hit Victims

Just weeks after Hurricane Sandy walloped New York City in one of the most devastating episodes of destruction the city has ever seen, new safety concerns for those who were hardest-hit have come to light–namely, a pipeline for fracked gas that is proposed to go right underneath the battered areas, many of which are still without power.The Williams’ Transco Rockaway Lateral Project will consist of a 3.17-mile, 26-inch pipeline, mostly …

Eat Down, Tip Up And Help Rebuild Lower Manhattan

Not so long ago New York City had this thing called a hurricane. There was flooding, no electricity, no running water, no cell service, et cetera. While now it might seem like things are back to normal in our part of lower Manhattan, there was still a lot of property damage and flooding, and many are still suffering from Sandy’s fallout. The nor’easter and dropping temperatures certainly didn’t help. Luckily, most …

Sorry, Everyone In Brooklyn, The MTA Won’t Be Refunding Your MetroCard

If we can learn anything from Taylor Momsen’s character on Gossip Girl (known for atrociously showing up to her Upper East Side high school armed with only “a bagged lunch and a MetroCard”), it’s that only people who live in Brooklyn take the subway – like, ever. Obviously, those NYU students in their cushy and cozy (sometimes very, very cozy) East Village apartments roll out of bed and directly into …

Sandy Relief Efforts On Campus

As class gets back to normal, and with pushed-back deadlines fast approaching, it can be hard to remember that not everyone is finished with Hurricane Sandy. As snow falls and temperatures, now more than ever victims need our help. NYU Local will update this list as more clubs and relief efforts are released, so stay tuned for more ways to volunteer on-campus! And send us tips over the weekend so that …

The Continuing Struggle For Stability At NYU

While power has thankfully been restored to much of lower Manhattan, strife continues for a number of NYU students living in the outer boroughs.“I’ve stayed at six different locations in the past week,” Chelsea Marin, a junior in CAS, said. “I’m absolutely exhausted.”The nomadic lifestyle following Hurricane Sandy ended for the roughly 6,000 students displaced on-campus last Saturday. Dorms reopened. Nearby apartments regained Wi-Fi. For Marin, however, the search for a home had …

Who Is Jules Martin?

Emails from Jules Martin flooded our inboxes like the East River tides at Avenue C. Not that we were complaining; anyone who announces week-long class cancellations is eligible for love in our stressed and sleep-addled hearts.But who exactly is this Jules Martin, this mysterious Man Behind the Emails? As it happens, Jules Martin is many things…