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Strengthening Our Coast

Strengthening Our Coast

October 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Everyone affected by the battering blows delivered by Superstorm Sandy knows our coasts are fragile in the face of nature’s fury. That’s why people like Helen Cheng are hard at work creating resiliency programs for coastal communities. Cheng is the coastal resilience specialist (Jamaica Bay) for New York Sea Grant, part of the National Sea […]

Should We Stop Our Shifting Sands?

Should We Stop Our Shifting Sands?

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Beaches are in a constant state of flux. The sands shift with the tides, slowly morphing the coastline. Beach goers flock to beaches that mere months earlier didn’t have much sand; there are more changes as months turn into years. Long Island’s unique geologic composition of shifting and churning sand coastlines requires boaters to stay […]

Waterside Business Storm Recovery

Waterside Business Storm Recovery

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Superstorm Sandy left a lot of devastation in its aftermath in late 2012. Homes were destroyed, lives shattered, and many businesses were heavily impacted. In response to such devastation, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo created the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) to help out those that were the worst off. “We created this office […]

Greater Resilience along the Great South Bay

Greater Resilience along the Great South Bay

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Long Island was devastated by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 as storm surges surpassed record highs for the region. This monstrous storm caused $6.7 billion in property damage on Long Island’s waterfront and displaced many residents from their homes for prolonged periods of time. With sea levels rising and the potential for more frequent and […]

Preventing Future Disasters

Preventing Future Disasters

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Superstorm Sandy was the stuff of nightmares — swaths of our region plunged into prolonged darkness, subway stations and roads submerged, and shoreline structures pushed around like toys. Yet the scariest thing about Sandy may be that it could have been worse. Lots of people said that we needed to be better prepared and stronger […]

Rowing for Sport and More

Rowing for Sport and More

August 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In 2010, Monika Dorman dreamed of starting a rowing club off the waters of Port Washington.  An avid rower, she wanted the students in the Port Washington area to enjoy being out on the bay as well. Turning her dream into a reality required help, so Dorman approached Mitch Tamkin and Steve Panzik, former high […]

Sea Change for Jamaica Bay

Sea Change for Jamaica Bay

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Jamaica Bay has played many roles in the lively history of New York. The fertile marshes provided rich fishing grounds for Lenape Indians, and the tides gave power to the Dutch gristmills along its banks. The waters teemed with bass, weakfish, flounder, and oysters; migratory birds gathered to rest and recharge for their long journeys […]

Operation Pretty Picture

Operation Pretty Picture

November 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. Superstorm Sandy unleashed its fury on Long Island in 2012, with damage estimates rising well above $500 billion. The devastation included Long Beach losing its iconic boardwalk, Fire Island’s boathouse and ferry terminal washing away, almost half of Freeport under water, Tobay Beach’s ocean dunes disappearing, and more than 100,000 residential homes damaged or […]

Swimming Towards Important Life Skills

Swimming Towards Important Life Skills

November 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s a scene straight out of a nightmare — one moment, you’re in your home, at the beach, on a boat, and then the next, you’re in the water — and you don’t know how to swim. However, one person’s bad dream is another person’s reality when hurricane-propelled waters flood a home, a rogue wave […]

Post-Sandy Reflections

Post-Sandy Reflections

November 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. For many Long Islanders, 2013 was a very different kind of year. It posed many unique challenges to a boating community recovering from the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. A lot of boaters found themselves adapting to changed circumstances or relearning some rules. What were the challenges and how did the boating community overcome them? […]

Walking Towards the Light

Walking Towards the Light

October 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. Though Bob Allen doesn’t live in the past, he frequently experiences what it was like living in an early-20th-century lighthouse. Allen is a third-generation lighthouse keeper. His father and grandfather kept the Cedar Island Lighthouse for 17 years, and now Allen owns and maintains his own lighthouse in Long Beach. A member of the […]

Sebago Canoe Club

Sebago Canoe Club

October 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. The entrance to the Sebago Canoe Club of Brooklyn lets you know what it’s all about immediately—it’s a door in the shape of a wave. The sort of symbol that Elvis Presley might have used at the entrance to Graceland, the wave proclaims that beyond the door lies the gateway to fun outdoors! The […]

Putting the Sound Back in Long Island Sound

Putting the Sound Back in Long Island Sound

August 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. During summertime, people flock to the waters and the beaches (if you look closely enough, you might actually see the harmful UV rays bouncing off the sunscreened bodies enjoying our local resources). A particularly popular place for summer recreation is the 1,320-mile Long Island Sound. Bordering Long Island, the Bronx, and Westchester in New […]

Boating After Sandy

Boating After Sandy

May 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Boating on Long Island this summer is likely to be very interesting.  In addition to the damage done to homes, boats, and other personal possessions by Superstorm Sandy, there are plenty of things that boaters will have to watch out for, including: Channel depths in general and shoaling specifically; any storm is likely to change […]

Wanted: Leisure Boaters in NYC

Wanted: Leisure Boaters in NYC

May 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. With the planned opening of the Bay Ridge, Brooklyn eco-dock, New York City is beginning to reconnect with its harbor, the very thing that launched its growth. Until recently, the waterways of New York City were primarily used for heavy industry, including commercial docks, ship repair yards, and fishing enterprises.  Relative to its exposure […]

All Aboard to Rebuild Long Island!

All Aboard to Rebuild Long Island!

April 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Nina Anastasio visited the offices of Boating Times Long Island to receive her “Boatload of Books” prize. Novelist Alison Caiola was on hand to present Nina with over 40 signed books! Alison donated her book, The Seeds of a Daisy, as did many other generous local, national, and international authors. Writer after writer sent us […]

Storm Surges and Rising Sea Levels

Storm Surges and Rising Sea Levels

April 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Can LI be Protected? Much of our region’s coastal area was severely flooded during Superstorm Sandy. Can we permanently prevent a repeat performance, or should officials and environmentalists work to manage the inevitable? After the devastating storm, many called for a barrier to protect metropolitan New York City. In the Sea Level Rise Task Force […]