Buy one of these lightbulbs from the Hurricane Sandy blackout and donate to help Hurricane Sandy victims. (Image via SoPo Electric)
This time last year, many New York City residents were greatly affected by the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Its wrath was indiscriminate, changing the lives of poor, working class, and wealthier members of coastal communities. Many families have yet to receive federal funding designated for them, and remain unable to repair their homes. Many business owners suffered a loss of livelihood or have struggled to return to a level of functionality before the storm. SoPo Electric, made up of individuals based out of the East Village, is harvesting these stories and offering a chance to give back to those who have lost so much. Fifty darkened light bulbs collected from local businesses in every affected neighborhood are made into commemorative art pieces that you can buy, to give the proceeds to these families.
The maps are highly rooted in memory, with Reiss asking AnneMarie to draw her neighborhood as she remembers it. Perhaps drawing on the architectural traditions of Colin Rowe and Frank Kotter in Collage City (themselves inspired by the drawings of Viennese architect Camillo Sitte), the map is a black and white figure-ground drawing. Also like Rowe and Kotter, Reiss is more interested in how the fragments of the city form a collective unconscious.
A proposed barrier island system by Sasaki/Rutgers/Arup for Rebuild by Design, incorporating new transit and access to new landscape systems
Following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, President Obama initiated the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), sponsoring a competition called Rebuild by Design with the aim of ”identifying the unique structural and environmental vulnerabilities Hurricane Sandy exposed in communities throughout the region, and developing fundable solutions to protect residents against and prepare for future climate events.”
“On Thursday we heard about this storm that might be brewing, but thought nothing of it. By Friday morning, we knew it was serious.” Daniel Avila, a photographer at the NYC Parks Department, took one of the 200 photos featured in The Museum of the City of New York’s exhibit, “Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy.”
One year ago, New Yorkers awoke to a grave reality: we were not only included in hurricane season, but highly vulnerable to it. Sandy may not have devastated you directly, but we all knew someone, and certainly were all impacted. In the age of Instagram, Rising Waters brings together the stories of both pro and amateur photographers, experienced through photos.
It’s not quite finished yet but Brooklyn street artist Swoon (also known as Callie Curry) is putting up a Hurricane Sandy-themed piece on Bowery Mural, a rotating outdoor wall space for art run by Goldman Properties. This work, which is getting a lot of buzz, is a collaboration between Swoon and local teens in Sandy recovery areas through the organization Groundswell New York. The official opening is this upcoming Tuesday, October 29th on the anniversary of the storm. Swoon has also worked in other disaster relief capacities, as the creator of The Konbit Shelter Project, which aims to create sustainable and resistant structures in Haiti.