Tour of Recovering Local Businesses
After natural disasters there is a flurry of media coverage and assistance that flood into an affected area. But what happens when the headlines fade as time passes?
Peter Day takes a walk down Van Brunt Street of Red Hook Brooklyn to find out how businesses in this one area are trying to rebuild themselves after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
When Red Hook was infilled, it was leveled to the bottom of the already existing 'islands.' This history of the land form reveals itself when we see the mapping of the storm surge from Sandy, as we can see exactly which blocks did not flood.
Photo Credit: Atlantic Avenue BID
It’s no secret that the BQE forms a barrier between the neighborhoods that it divides. There is now new interest in revitalizing an underpass that allows pedestrian traffic through – “in the hopes of increasing foot traffic between the businesses along Atlantic Avenue and Brooklyn Bridge Park.”
Atlantic Avenue BID, which has initiated the project and raised its funding, issued the RFP.
via Brownstoner & DNAinfo
In this scheme for “an aquaculture-driven floating park” by N.E.E.D, modules are deployed at the water’s edge to create a structure that houses areas that receive various waterfront programs, mechanical equipment and most curiously, a submerged fish farm and aqua-habitat.
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Many of the local businesses are struggling to bounce back from Sandy, some viewing it as a catalyst for change in Red Hook.
Flooded Businesses Set Goal to Reopen, but Obstacles Emerge