2. Hurricane Sandy Sparked a $40 Million Renovation
In 2012, Westbeth, like much of downtown New York City, was flooded by Hurricane Sandy. The storm brought eleven feet of water into the building and destroyed years of artwork and history. A $40 million dollar renovation program, “Build it Back,” has been in progress since the destruction. Plans for the program, which being conducted in partnership with the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, include renovations that will repair the damage caused by Sandy and mitigate future damages by taking precautions such as upgrading cellar windows and installing a new emergency generator.