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Sandy, 10 years later: South Street Seaport’s remarkable recovery

NEW YORK — South Street Seaport was hit exhausting by Superstorm Sandy.

Water went as excessive as 6 toes, damaging the historic neighborhood.

CBS2’s Alice Gainer spoke with business house owners on the two-year anniversary again in 2014. On Wednesday, she obtained an replace on how issues have modified.

A plaque exhibiting how excessive the water rose serves as a reminder of Sandy. Not that Marco Pasanella wants one. He watched the storm surge take over his wine store.

“It literally took, like, a few minutes. It started to go over the top of the sandbags and then came around here on the side of the walls and then we just bolted,” Pasanella stated.

Ten thousand bottles of wine, gone, to not point out the apparent harm.

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Barbalu across the nook took almost a year to get again up and working.

“Because the water was also mixed with gasoline and all other things,” proprietor Stefano Barbagallo stated.

The two companies lasted, regardless of altering storefronts within the neighborhood, and, worse, some nonetheless empty ones.

“The bike rental place did not come back. The business next to it, which I can’t even remember, didn’t come back,” Pasanella stated.


CBS2 appears to be like again on South Street Seaport’s rebuild after Sandy

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Rather a lot has modified within the 10 years for the reason that storm at South Street Seaport.

“The seaport has really been totally redeveloped since Sandy,” stated Saul Scherl, president of the Tri-State Region of the Howard Hughes Corporation.

It was deliberate prior, however vital adjustments have been made to blueprints.

“Sandy really made us realize that we should take down the pilings, take down the pier, rebuild it above the 100-year flood zone,” Scherl stated.

The tin constructing is designed to flood.

“That level would flood and then there is drainage out to get the water back out with pumps,” Scherl stated.

And Pier 17 has a design to maintain water out.

“If we were to see a storm coming, we lock the hydraulic doors and we know that the equipment is safe,” Scherl stated.

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Mechanical programs in buildings, like Pasanella’s, have been moved above the water line.

(*10*) stated Capt. John Boulware, president and CEO of the South Street Seaport Museum.

Boulware stated there are some short-term measures in place to stop flooding, however everlasting options are wanted.

“There is porosity below the surface of the streets here that is in subway tunnels … and so the idea that we can just sort of build a wall on the surface and that that’s going to protect I think is not correct because what we noticed is our basements were flooded before the streets were wet,” Boulware stated.

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The seaport, its residents and companies have come a good distance since Sandy, to not point out COVID setbacks.

Pasanella, who nonetheless retains his Sandy rainboots within the again room as one other reminder, could elevate a glass of wine referred to as “The Flood,” as he displays this weekend on the comeback of South Street Seaport.

The museum was holding a panel dialogue on Wednesday about preparedness and options for future pure disasters at Pier 17.

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