Wind whips the shore of Rockaway Beach in Rockaway, Queens, NY.

Wind whips the shore of Rockaway Beach in Rockaway, Queens, NY.

 Two New York City Park Rangers walk along the beach under Shore Parkway in Canarsie, Brooklyn, New York, NY. Surrounding parkland in Canarsie may be used to create coastal protection for the nearby neighborhoods.

Two New York City Park Rangers walk along the beach under Shore Parkway in Canarsie, Brooklyn, New York, NY. Surrounding parkland in Canarsie may be used to create coastal protection for the nearby neighborhoods.

 A street is partially flood near a sign that warns of the end of the road with Jamaica Bay and a number of houses on stilts behind it along the east shore in the Broad Channel neighborhood of Queens, NY.

A street is partially flood near a sign that warns of the end of the road with Jamaica Bay and a number of houses on stilts behind it along the east shore in the Broad Channel neighborhood of Queens, NY.

 A new high-rise construction is seen in broken glass in the East Village in New York, NY. Despite being hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, construction continues in this high-demand neighborhood.

A new high-rise construction is seen in broken glass in the East Village in New York, NY. Despite being hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, construction continues in this high-demand neighborhood.

 An airplane departing John F. Kennedy is seen from the parking lot of a McDonald's in the Rockaway neighborhood of Queens, NY. The McDonald's, along the north shore of Rockaway neighborhood, is in an area the Department of City Planning recommended to be supported in long-term residential resiliency.

An airplane departing John F. Kennedy is seen from the parking lot of a McDonald's in the Rockaway neighborhood of Queens, NY. The McDonald's, along the north shore of Rockaway neighborhood, is in an area the Department of City Planning recommended to be supported in long-term residential resiliency.

 A 1980s Oldsmobile sits up on wood blocks in a low income neighborhood of Rockaway, Queens, NY. This block and the one next to it were designated by the Department of City Planning as needing further planning for adaptation over time.

A 1980s Oldsmobile sits up on wood blocks in a low income neighborhood of Rockaway, Queens, NY. This block and the one next to it were designated by the Department of City Planning as needing further planning for adaptation over time.

 Birds sit on a wire in the Ocean Breeze neighborhood, Staten Island, NY. Ocean Breeze, like all the neighborhoods along the southeast shore of Staten Island, sits in a floodplain and was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Birds sit on a wire in the Ocean Breeze neighborhood, Staten Island, NY. Ocean Breeze, like all the neighborhoods along the southeast shore of Staten Island, sits in a floodplain and was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

 Lenny's Clam Bar, an institution in the in the Howard Beach neighborhood, is lit up against a stormy sky in Queens, NY. Lenny's, along Cross Bay Boulevard, along the west bank of the Shellbank Basin, is in an area the Department of City Planning said needed to be be supported as a vibrant commercial corridor.

Lenny's Clam Bar, an institution in the in the Howard Beach neighborhood, is lit up against a stormy sky in Queens, NY. Lenny's, along Cross Bay Boulevard, along the west bank of the Shellbank Basin, is in an area the Department of City Planning said needed to be be supported as a vibrant commercial corridor.

 A station wagon sits parked along the street in Harding Park, Bronx, NY.

A station wagon sits parked along the street in Harding Park, Bronx, NY.

 Reeds grow along the water after low tide in Weir Creek, which feeds into Eastchester Bay in Edgewater Park, Bronx, NY.

Reeds grow along the water after low tide in Weir Creek, which feeds into Eastchester Bay in Edgewater Park, Bronx, NY.

 An old grocery cart sits in stagnant standing water at the end of a dirt path south of Kissam Avenue in the Oakwood Beach neighborhood of Staten Island, NY, a block where the only three homes were bought out by the state in an effort to reclaim land and return it to nature.

An old grocery cart sits in stagnant standing water at the end of a dirt path south of Kissam Avenue in the Oakwood Beach neighborhood of Staten Island, NY, a block where the only three homes were bought out by the state in an effort to reclaim land and return it to nature.

 A sandbag retaining wall holds back a tall berm of sand as the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is seen in the background from Midland Beach near the Ocean Breeze neighborhood, Staten Island, NY. Ocean Breeze, like all the neighborhoods along the southeast shore of Staten Island, sits in a floodplain and was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

A sandbag retaining wall holds back a tall berm of sand as the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is seen in the background from Midland Beach near the Ocean Breeze neighborhood, Staten Island, NY. Ocean Breeze, like all the neighborhoods along the southeast shore of Staten Island, sits in a floodplain and was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

 A sailboat, likely submerged during Hurricane Sandy, sits in a small section of Jamaica Bay a few minutes before dawn in the Broad Channel neighborhood of Queens, NY. Broad Channel is one of New York's Resilient Neighborhoods as outlined by the  Department of City Planning works with communities in the flood zone to identify strategies for storm recovery and long-term resiliency.

A sailboat, likely submerged during Hurricane Sandy, sits in a small section of Jamaica Bay a few minutes before dawn in the Broad Channel neighborhood of Queens, NY. Broad Channel is one of New York's Resilient Neighborhoods as outlined by the Department of City Planning works with communities in the flood zone to identify strategies for storm recovery and long-term resiliency.

 A torn and faded American flag waves in the yard of a home that sits along the beach next to Charles Memorial Park, a Gateway National Recreation Area, at the southern tip of the Old Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens, NY.

A torn and faded American flag waves in the yard of a home that sits along the beach next to Charles Memorial Park, a Gateway National Recreation Area, at the southern tip of the Old Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens, NY.

 Shadows creep toward a derelict, but not abandoned, building in Harding Park, Bronx, NY. The neighborhood, with many buildings in a state of disrepair, used to be campgrounds.

Shadows creep toward a derelict, but not abandoned, building in Harding Park, Bronx, NY. The neighborhood, with many buildings in a state of disrepair, used to be campgrounds.

 A man walks down Kissam Avenue in the Oakwood Beach neighborhood of Staten Island, NY, a block where the only three homes were bought out by the state in an effort to reclaim land and return it to nature.

A man walks down Kissam Avenue in the Oakwood Beach neighborhood of Staten Island, NY, a block where the only three homes were bought out by the state in an effort to reclaim land and return it to nature.

 Wind whips the shore of Rockaway Beach in Rockaway, Queens, NY.
 Two New York City Park Rangers walk along the beach under Shore Parkway in Canarsie, Brooklyn, New York, NY. Surrounding parkland in Canarsie may be used to create coastal protection for the nearby neighborhoods.
 A street is partially flood near a sign that warns of the end of the road with Jamaica Bay and a number of houses on stilts behind it along the east shore in the Broad Channel neighborhood of Queens, NY.
 A new high-rise construction is seen in broken glass in the East Village in New York, NY. Despite being hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, construction continues in this high-demand neighborhood.
 An airplane departing John F. Kennedy is seen from the parking lot of a McDonald's in the Rockaway neighborhood of Queens, NY. The McDonald's, along the north shore of Rockaway neighborhood, is in an area the Department of City Planning recommended to be supported in long-term residential resiliency.
 A 1980s Oldsmobile sits up on wood blocks in a low income neighborhood of Rockaway, Queens, NY. This block and the one next to it were designated by the Department of City Planning as needing further planning for adaptation over time.
 Birds sit on a wire in the Ocean Breeze neighborhood, Staten Island, NY. Ocean Breeze, like all the neighborhoods along the southeast shore of Staten Island, sits in a floodplain and was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
 Lenny's Clam Bar, an institution in the in the Howard Beach neighborhood, is lit up against a stormy sky in Queens, NY. Lenny's, along Cross Bay Boulevard, along the west bank of the Shellbank Basin, is in an area the Department of City Planning said needed to be be supported as a vibrant commercial corridor.
 A station wagon sits parked along the street in Harding Park, Bronx, NY.
 Reeds grow along the water after low tide in Weir Creek, which feeds into Eastchester Bay in Edgewater Park, Bronx, NY.
 An old grocery cart sits in stagnant standing water at the end of a dirt path south of Kissam Avenue in the Oakwood Beach neighborhood of Staten Island, NY, a block where the only three homes were bought out by the state in an effort to reclaim land and return it to nature.
 A sandbag retaining wall holds back a tall berm of sand as the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is seen in the background from Midland Beach near the Ocean Breeze neighborhood, Staten Island, NY. Ocean Breeze, like all the neighborhoods along the southeast shore of Staten Island, sits in a floodplain and was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
 A sailboat, likely submerged during Hurricane Sandy, sits in a small section of Jamaica Bay a few minutes before dawn in the Broad Channel neighborhood of Queens, NY. Broad Channel is one of New York's Resilient Neighborhoods as outlined by the  Department of City Planning works with communities in the flood zone to identify strategies for storm recovery and long-term resiliency.
 A torn and faded American flag waves in the yard of a home that sits along the beach next to Charles Memorial Park, a Gateway National Recreation Area, at the southern tip of the Old Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens, NY.
 Shadows creep toward a derelict, but not abandoned, building in Harding Park, Bronx, NY. The neighborhood, with many buildings in a state of disrepair, used to be campgrounds.
 A man walks down Kissam Avenue in the Oakwood Beach neighborhood of Staten Island, NY, a block where the only three homes were bought out by the state in an effort to reclaim land and return it to nature.

Wind whips the shore of Rockaway Beach in Rockaway, Queens, NY.

Two New York City Park Rangers walk along the beach under Shore Parkway in Canarsie, Brooklyn, New York, NY. Surrounding parkland in Canarsie may be used to create coastal protection for the nearby neighborhoods.

A street is partially flood near a sign that warns of the end of the road with Jamaica Bay and a number of houses on stilts behind it along the east shore in the Broad Channel neighborhood of Queens, NY.

A new high-rise construction is seen in broken glass in the East Village in New York, NY. Despite being hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, construction continues in this high-demand neighborhood.

An airplane departing John F. Kennedy is seen from the parking lot of a McDonald's in the Rockaway neighborhood of Queens, NY. The McDonald's, along the north shore of Rockaway neighborhood, is in an area the Department of City Planning recommended to be supported in long-term residential resiliency.

A 1980s Oldsmobile sits up on wood blocks in a low income neighborhood of Rockaway, Queens, NY. This block and the one next to it were designated by the Department of City Planning as needing further planning for adaptation over time.

Birds sit on a wire in the Ocean Breeze neighborhood, Staten Island, NY. Ocean Breeze, like all the neighborhoods along the southeast shore of Staten Island, sits in a floodplain and was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Lenny's Clam Bar, an institution in the in the Howard Beach neighborhood, is lit up against a stormy sky in Queens, NY. Lenny's, along Cross Bay Boulevard, along the west bank of the Shellbank Basin, is in an area the Department of City Planning said needed to be be supported as a vibrant commercial corridor.

A station wagon sits parked along the street in Harding Park, Bronx, NY.

Reeds grow along the water after low tide in Weir Creek, which feeds into Eastchester Bay in Edgewater Park, Bronx, NY.

An old grocery cart sits in stagnant standing water at the end of a dirt path south of Kissam Avenue in the Oakwood Beach neighborhood of Staten Island, NY, a block where the only three homes were bought out by the state in an effort to reclaim land and return it to nature.

A sandbag retaining wall holds back a tall berm of sand as the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is seen in the background from Midland Beach near the Ocean Breeze neighborhood, Staten Island, NY. Ocean Breeze, like all the neighborhoods along the southeast shore of Staten Island, sits in a floodplain and was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

A sailboat, likely submerged during Hurricane Sandy, sits in a small section of Jamaica Bay a few minutes before dawn in the Broad Channel neighborhood of Queens, NY. Broad Channel is one of New York's Resilient Neighborhoods as outlined by the Department of City Planning works with communities in the flood zone to identify strategies for storm recovery and long-term resiliency.

A torn and faded American flag waves in the yard of a home that sits along the beach next to Charles Memorial Park, a Gateway National Recreation Area, at the southern tip of the Old Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens, NY.

Shadows creep toward a derelict, but not abandoned, building in Harding Park, Bronx, NY. The neighborhood, with many buildings in a state of disrepair, used to be campgrounds.

A man walks down Kissam Avenue in the Oakwood Beach neighborhood of Staten Island, NY, a block where the only three homes were bought out by the state in an effort to reclaim land and return it to nature.

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