BP Katz approves zoning amendment to speed up post-Sandy recovery


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Borough President Melinda Katz recently approved amendments to citywide zoning codes, which will allow more Sandy-affected homeowners to rebuild their homes faster and to return them to how they were before the storm instead of having to alter them to fit current regulations.

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New tax rebate may benefit those impacted by Sandy


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The program would assist New York homeowners who are experiencing financial difficulties relating to the Great Recession of 2008, Hurricane Sandy or New York City’s exorbitant cost of living.

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Flushing firm awarded $282M to repair Sandy-damaged Hugh L. Carey Tunnel


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Rendering courtesy of MTA Bridges and Tunnels

Flushing-based Tully Construction beat out 24 companies for the contract to work on the former Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, which is expected to take four years, the MTA Bridges and Tunnels division announced Monday.

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Sandy vigil held in Hamilton Beach to mark two-year anniversary


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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

On the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Hamilton Beach came together for a candle light vigil to support those who are still displaced and give thanks to all those who helped during the harsh times.

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$232M Arverne View Rockaway housing development reopens two years after Sandy


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Photos courtesy HDC and Kevin J. Laccone

Real estate firm L+M Development Partners and the city Housing Development Corporation cut the ribbon on the $232.3 million Arverne View housing complex in Rockaway on Monday, two years after the buildings were devastated by flooding from Superstorm Sandy.

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Real estate roundup: The Crossing in downtown Jamaica revealed, friends return to Sandy damaged house


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Rendering courtesy of BRP Companies

“BRP Companies have released renderings of their 25- and 14-story mixed-use development project at 93-01 Sutphin Boulevard, in Downtown Jamaica. Dubbed The Crossing, the complex will contain 580 residential units and 100,000 square feet of retail space.”

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Take a first look at new interior of Sandy-wrecked Peninsula library as construction is set to begin soon


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Renderings courtesy of Queens Library

The long chapter of devastation is coming to an end for the Peninsula library in Rockaway Beach. The building on Beach 92nd Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard was “the hardest hit” library in the borough by Hurricane Sandy, according to a Queens Library spokeswoman, and has yet to reopen after nearly two years.

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Sandy-stricken trees to be cut down in Howard Beach


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THE COURIER/Photos by Salvatore Licata

Dead trees are a common sight in Howard Beach — a constant reminder of the devastation the neighborhood faced nearly two years ago when Hurricane Sandy ripped its way through the area.

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