Banksy art defacing in New York City provokes graffiti war
Oh wow. This was published in the October 28 issue of NYMag.
Sometime tomorrow, a storm surge from Hurricane Sandy is expected to race through New York Harbor, flooding streets, low-lying areas, and likely the subway tunnels. One 2011 state report suggests that a coastal storm flooding large swathes of the subway system in less than an hour could cost up to $58 billion in economic damages (and lost revenue) and — more disturbingly for the general population — leave New York public transit system out of commission for up to a month. The man who wrote that section of the report is Dr. Klaus H. Jacob, a climate scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. He told Daily Intel that such a scenario may be just around the corner. “If [Sandy] arrives at the high tide, then what we will have Monday late evening will come close to the scenario that is described in that report,” he said. (A full moon is expected at 7:49 p.m. tomorrow, meaning high high tides.) “If it is off by a few hours, then I think we will see some subway flooding but not the full scenario.”
Nate Silver spreading the joy with some numbers:
The numbers do not paint a pretty picture. According the model, a hurricane with windspeeds of about 100 miles per hour — making it a “weak” Category 2 storm — might cause on the order of $35 billion in damage if it were to pass directly over Manhattan. Such a storm would probably flood New York’s subway system as well as acres upon acres of prime real estate in neighborhoods like the East Village, the Financial District, Tribeca, Coney Island, Red Hook, DUMBO, as well as parts of Staten Island and most of the Rockaways.
Read the rest of the article to learn how costly different strength hurricanes would be if they hit directly over NYC.
Isn’t $16T a bit much for even the total destruction of Manhattan? I mean, we could still pick up all the money after the fact and give it back to everyone else.
"Photographers make good images when they understand the social meaning of what they photograph." Howard S. Becker, "Photography and Sociology," reprinted in Doing Things Together: Selected Papers (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press) p. 247.