Site Visit: Tribeca

Today, I visited the area around Tribeca that was heavily flooded during Hurricane Sandy so that I could better understand the context and direction of extent of the flooding. Note: Sorry for the rotated images, this blog platform won't let me rotate them here. It was immediately clear that the…

NYC Flood Maps: Gowanus Site Visit

I conducted a site visit of Gowanus, Brooklyn. Gowanus is a small neighborhood adjacent to Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, and Park Slope. The neighborhood is relatively small both geographically and in population with about 15,000 residents. The community is defined by a polluted canal which is a superfund site…

NYC Flood Zone Site Visit - Spanish Harlem

I visited the southern part of Spanish Harlem, which saw extensive Sandy damage (which was mostly contained within the 2007 flood zone). This area is interesting for two reasons: There is a significant difference between 2007 and 2013 (FEMA proposed) flood maps in the area (blue vs. yellow on the…

NYC Flood Map: Interview Update

To date we have conducted one interview with another interview scheduled and several others pending. The conducted interview was with Doborah Morris who is the Executive Director of Resiliency Planning, Policy, and Acquisitions at NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development. Ms. Morris had many interesting things to say and…

NYC Flood Map - Exploratory Data Analysis

In keeping with the three topics we outlined last week: 1. Flood Maps’ “Grey Area” We investigate the differences between proposed and existing flood maps - what makes these places difference? How are they the same? What would change if new flood maps were adopted? This chart shows when buildings…

NYC Flood Maps - Preliminary Research

Flood Maps’ “Grey Area” There are several areas in NYC that have been at times in flood zones and at times outside of flood zones. There were nearly 10,000 buildings outside of flood zones pre-Sandy that were flooded, and many of these are now included in current flood zones…