"While much of New York City’s battered infrastructure has been repaired and even improved, most long-term resiliency measures are still years away".
"At 8:30 p.m. on a Monday, millions of residents of the most man-made landscape in the United States were reminded how powerless they were against the forces of nature.
Hurricane Sandy shoved the East River across the F.D.R. Drive onto the streets of Manhattan, reducing the ostensible hub of the universe to a blacked-out, waterlogged, immobile shambles. The extraordinary storm surge swamped Consolidated Edison’s power plant at 14th Street along its way to filling multiple ZIP codes with waist-deep brine, plunging Manhattan from Midtown south to the Financial District into darkness for days.
Transit systems were crippled, hospitals could not function and public-housing complexes had no working boilers or elevators."