The hundreds of thousands of people who live along New York City’s 520 miles of waterfront have spent the seven years since Hurricane Sandy wondering whether the city is prepared for another wallop. So far, the answer seems to be: Not really.
The city’s online Flood Hazard Mapper shows areas labeled “high risk” for flooding. It’s not just oceanfront areas like Coney Island, the Rockaways and the eastern shore of Staten Island, but also swaths of the East Village and the Upper East Side plus parts of Long Island City, Greenpoint and the South Bronx.
The sheer diversity of waterfront neighborhoods means that people of all income levels are vulnerable, though the city says smaller buildings with one to four families face 10 times the risk of apartment buildings.