Superstorm Sandy made landfall in Atlantic City five years ago, on
October 29, 2012. It caused billions of dollars in damage, reshaped the
coastline, and killed forty-three people in New York City and dozens
more elsewhere. In the immediate aftermath of the storm, Ben McGrath
reported from a flooded-out Red
Widdicombe told the story of the
inferno in Breezy Point, and Larissa MacFarquhar wrote about how the Occupy
movement became Occupy
Sandy. (You can
see more of the stories The New Yorker published before, during, and
after the storm
Since then, we’ve published dozens of pieces about Sandy, and about
extreme weather more generally. You’ll find a small selection of
Sandy-related pieces below.
by Eric Klinenberg (January 7, 2013): On the possibility of
“climate-proofing” New York City.
“The Toll,” by
Ian Frazier (February 11 18, 2013): New Yorkers assess the damage.
by John Seabrook (July 22, 2013): Trying to save the Jersey Shore.
“Retreat from the Water’s
by Nate Lavey (October 16, 2014): Staten Island residents contemplate
“The Death and Life of Atlantic
by Nick Paumgarten (September 7, 2015): A city struggles to recover.
“Is New York Ready for Another
by Eric Klinenberg (October 27, 2015): The storm inspired changes around
New York. Are they enough?
“Irma and Our Age of Standardized
by Amy Davidson Sorkin (September 25, 2017): When extreme weather and
“The Fate of
Elizabeth Kolbert (October 12, 2017): How we are changing the planet, as
seen through animals’ eyes.
Carolyn Kormann (October 19, 2017): The risks of prolonging the
inevitable death of coal.
From the archive:
by John McPhee (February 23, 1987): On attempts to control the
David Remnick (October 3, 2005): How Presidents respond to disaster.