Lower East Side, Red Hook residents unsure whether their communities are prepared for future extreme weather
More than a dozen AdaptNY reporters hit the ground on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and in Brooklyn’s Red Hook on Thursday, Oct. 2 to kick off a special climate change crowdsourcing project. The effort will explore whether the most vulnerable New Yorkers believe themselves safe from the coming impacts of extreme weather.
The reporters, part of a 30-plus-member news team organized in partnership with the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, spent several hours combing the communities for insights from residents, asking “Two years after Sandy, do you think you’re safer?”
Red Hook and the Lower East Side (LES) were targeted because they were among the worst hit by Sandy in 2012 and remain among the most at risk for future climate-related damage from extreme weather and sea-level rise.