Showing posts with label Hurricane Sandy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hurricane Sandy. Show all posts

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Hurricane Boardwalk

Long Beach, NY boardwalk, May 2013.
Long Beach, NY, April 2013 -- After Hurricane Sandy on the Atlantic Coast last fall, there is no boardwalk here.
But the concrete pylons remain and cast some long shadows. Some windows in the single-family neighborhood are boarded up. Some shrubs seem to have perished in the saltwater flood. The beach is full of sharp glass and plastic shards. While I was getting a manicure, one local woman said she's just now having new floors and walls installed, but no kitchen yet.
Happily, the windy salt air still is rejuvenating.

UPDATE, July 2013: The sand on Long Beach is no longer full of obvious shards, and the boardwalk is now under construction. But there are no showers, and the city still is charging $12 to sun and swim on this shabbier shore --even if you show up just before 6 p.m. when the lifeguards quit.
Long Beach, NY boardwalk from Allegria Hotel, July 2013.
The federal government is covering most of the $44 million reconstruction cost for a boardwalk with tropical wood planks and a cement border atop the old pylons (at left). But environmentalists are claiming the wood was harvested improperly. If so, that would violate newish Long Beach regulations and would further delay construction. One recent weekend, there was no construction traffic on the makeshift plank road next to the boardwalk.
As always, the tide keeps its routine and the sea mist is totally transforming.
More in the Long Island Press and a good photo of where things were this winter, here.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Hurricane Sandy: Musical Healing & How to Help

Bless listener-supported WFUV, a radio station emanating from Fordham University in the Bronx, which  provided soothing music this weekend for victims of Hurricane Sandy and everyone else tormented by dangling electrical wires and troubling stories.
The weekend-daytime schedule is always heavy with Irish-American folk music; today's selections included acoustic ballads about loss and love, and Long Island's heavily-Irish shore towns dotting the Atlantic Ocean, with a good dose of info on volunteering and donations.
Last night's guest DJ -- the host was still without power and unable to travel due to the shortage of gasoline -- offered some excellent selections: Laurie Anderson's post-9/11 song, "Statue of Liberty," from the album "Life on a String,"  (listen here) and from the group, Efterklang: the song, "The Ghost," from a new album called "Piramida."
WFUV notes that the month-long "White Light Festival" at Lincoln Center -- a riff on the Nuit Blanche in Paris, France last month? -- includes an intriguing late-night, intimate performance by Liam O'Maonlai in a midtown penthouse:
"A founding member of the rock group Hothouse Flowers, Liam Ó Maonlaí has traditional Irish music in his blood. For this very special evening, Ó Maonlaí re-creates the lively musical environment of his youth in Dublin, celebrating life, love, and community and inviting others to share their own songs and stories."
Listen live to WFUV or check this list if you want to help Hurricane Sandy victims.