Apartments near Place E are safe from a storm surge.
The land farther from the shore is even higher.
This old fort was built on the hillside near Place E.
Conclusions Some people live close to the ocean just south of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. Maps and scientific models clearly show that this area is vulnerable to a hurricane storm surge. Even though hurricanes are rare in New York, many people here design and build houses high enough to be safe from storm surges.
New York City has designated evacuation zones for hurricanes of categories 1, 2, and 3 (lightest blue). www.nyc.gov/oem/he/index.htm
Problem: some houses in the storm-surge area are low and vulnerable. What is a fair thing to do about them?
Is it fair to require every new house to be built high enough (and strong enough) to be safe from a storm surge?
While we are looking at this house, here is another question – what will a 100-mph wind do to all these overhead wires?