Hurricane Sandy: a critical look from a personal perspective

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There’s my laundromat…

Hi, my name is Andrew Weatherhead.  I’m a Chicago native and a member of the Geographic Society of Chicago, though I’ve lived in New York City off and on since 2005.  I currently call the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn home, which — as you may or may not know — is a coastal enclave of some historic significance.  It was part of the original 17th century Dutch settlement known as New Amsterdam, it played a role in The Battle of Brooklyn during the Revolutionary War, and from the 1920’s to the 1960’s it was the busiest freight port in the world.  It was also one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy on October 29th.  Given my proximity to this extraordinary meteorological event, I thought I’d use the following blog post to give a personal account of my experience and try to answer some questions the storm has raised about the nature of extreme weather and the future of urban development in a changing global climate.

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