Imagine huge pieces of mechanical equipment bobbing like corks in floodwater. That was the grim reality that the Whitney Museum of American Art faced after Superstorm Sandy ripped through lower Manhattan in 2012. The storm flooded the construction site of the museum’s new location right on the river. We’ll take you behind the scenes of the efforts to rethink the entire site, and ultimately, build a fortress-like new building, one of the most flood-resilient structures in New York. In “Artful Solutions,” you’ll see the museum team unfurl in less than 10 hours a 16 ½ foot wall around the museum that can be deployed during a storm event… and watch as they operate a massive flood door that can withstand the force of a semi-truck floating (or flung) across the West Side Highway. The stakes are high: millions of dollars of priceless art.
The world’s climate is changing and sea levels are rising. For New York City, Superstorm Sandy in 2012 was a costly wake-up call. Now, more than ever before, the city needs a way to protect its future and make it more resilient after extreme weather events. NYC Rising takes a look at five different solutions New Yorkers are using to fortify their homes and businesses for the future. These solutions are helping people, communities, and institutions cope with a changing climate, now and in the future, and could be a model for the nation. #NYCRising. Watch all five episodes below.
This series was produced by Geraldine Moriba, Ed Hersh, Jamila Paksima, Karla Murthy, Maya Navon, Julie Florio, Andrew Robertson, Darren Peister and Jon Berman.SERIES LANDING PAGE