January 2014 Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction Update
Happy New Year! The year starts off with exciting news: a second Sandy Design Help Desk! Our projects are moving along as our design teams race off with many exciting design ideas. And if monthly updates aren't enough this year, follow us and all the post-disaster program teams on twitter @AFHDisasterTeam and Facebook.
In this Update:
- Sandy Design Help Desk coming to Red Hook! Feb. 8-10.
- Restore the Shore- Community Open House, Feb 4
- ReNew Schools- Community Meetings in Little Ferry, Feb 6
- Via Verde: A trip to the Bronx
- In Other News...
Announcing the 2nd Sandy Design Help Desk! The Sandy Design Help Desk provides free design, technical, and financial consultation for residents and property owners impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The Help Desk will be in Red Hook, Brooklyn from Saturday, February 8 to Monday February 10 at Red Hook Volunteers (360 Van Brunt Street). If you're a building owner, sign up for consultation here. Walk-ins also welcome. If you want to volunteer for the event, sign up here. We depend on the generosity of volunteer time and thank you in advance!
Partners: Architecture for Humanity, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc, Pratt Center for Community Development, Fifth Avenue Committee, Red Hook Volunteers, NYC Office of Housing Recovery Operations, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Neighborhood Housing Services of NYC, New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter of Architecture for Humanity
(Take a look at this video put together by our talented volunteers Shannon Romines and Inaya Graciana Yusu, to get a glimpse of our last Help Desk event!)
This month, careful coordination and plenty of meetings left the project team with a host of information to process, decisions to make and many new ideas to share. We began working with the Seaside Heights' future events center manager to refine the program and community needs and are grateful for the insights. The Army Corps of Engineers continue to discuss and plan the coastal sand dunes planned for Seaside Heights and we are evaluating its impact on the design. The design team led by Gensler’s Morristown office is at the drawing board developing schematic design options before the open house event. The Community Open House will take place on Tuesday February 4th, 2014 from 5:30pm-7:30pm, Seaside Heights Community Center, 1000 Bay Blvd. The Open House is an opportunity to hear about project updates and developments. Come see preliminary design ideas for the Events Center and have the opportunity to speak with the design team.
The design teams for the school projects are working diligently to complete schematic designs. <a data-cke-saved-href=" Washington School, Little Ferry will be holding a community open house on February 6, 6:00pm - 7:30pm in their Media Center, and Toms River High School North will be holding one in the next few weeks as well. Information to come soon!
Thanks to Rose Companies the Sandy Team got a full tour of Via Verde, an example of green and healthy urban living in the South Bronx, and the winning design of the New Housing New York Legacy Competition. Read Jessica Terdeman, Sandy Team Program Assistant's experience here.
In Other News...
- Resilient Design Workshop for Red Hook 2/6 in conjunction with the Sandy Design Help Desk – Red Hook, Brooklyn. More info to come!
- Sandy Recovery Symposium on 2/13 sponsored by the NYC Office of Emergency Management and partners - save the date and register here.
- Get CERT trained! Training cycle begins in February. OEM's Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) are groups of local volunteers who have undergone a 10-week training program that focuses on emergency preparedness, fire safety, traffic control, disaster medical operations, and more. Learn more at nyc.gov/cert
The entire team extends their BIGGEST thanks to Jessica Terdeman, Hurricane Sandy Program intern for her volunteer service and leadership within the Sandy Program. Jessica began as a volunteer at our Sandy Design Help Desk in Far Rockaway and soon became an integral part of our team. We wish you all the best in your next adventure!
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In the closing days of October 2012, Hurricane Sandy carved a path through the Caribbean before moving up the Atlantic and turning inland at New Jersey, striking many coastal towns. The storm moved north and created a storm surge that devastated the New York/New Jersey Metro area. The event caused major damage and loss of life.