black. Hurricane Sandy shut down
New York City—the largest city in
the United States—in 2012.
Sandy’s storm surge did not reach
the top of the city’s looming skyscrapers, but it did flood basements,
lower levels and parts of the city’s
public transportation infrastructure.
The storm halted New York City’s
ever-present traffic and the New York
A weather event had suppressed
one of the world’s busiest cities.
Resiliency efforts and creating a
stronger built environment had been
on New Yorkers’ minds, but the city
had not done enough by the time
Sandy made landfall.
Russell Unger, LEED AP and
executive director of the Urban Green
Council, led the Building Resiliency
Task Force in 2013, bringing together
more than 200 of the top building
designers and owners and policy makers who worked to create resiliency
applications for the city’s buildings.
The task force’s work and a
renewed urge to become more resilient spurred New York’s commercial
and residential builders and designers to make some changes.
After Sandy, the built industry
started creating more sidewalk barri-
ers, implementing backup generators
and adding more waterfront areas to
serve as flood barriers, he said.
People also started to elevate
HVAC and other electrical equip-
ment to higher floors to protect them
STRONG BUILDINGS, RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
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In advance of Hurricane Sandy’s landfall, the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel in New
York City was closed.
Crews close the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel
in New York City before Hurricane
The Hugh L. Carey Tunnel in New York
City flooded during Hurricane Sandy
in October 2012. Sandy’s storm surge
flooded New York City and surrounding
areas causing massive blackouts and