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Turn The Tide: Sandy Anniversary Events

The Cavalry is Us

One year ago next Tuesday, Hurricane Sandy made landfall along the Jersey Shore affecting millions of people in different ways. Some have recovered, but many more have endured a long and confusing year filled with anxiety and uncertainty. Recovery is a marathon, not a sprint and there is still a long way to go. We’ve been hard at work, and invite you to join us by telling your story, attending an event, or volunteering. Please also consider making a donation to support ongoing projects in the Occupy Sandy Network.

How Has Your Life Been Affected by Sandy? SHARE YOUR STORY!

Whether you are an affected resident of a coastal neighborhood or a volunteer from a train or plane ride away, you are critical to helping our communities building back stronger than we were before the storm.

Fill out our 3-question Poll about recovery and preparedness!

Tell your story in photos, videos or words with Sandy Storyline!

Share your news via the Occupy Sandy Newswire!


One year after Hurricane Sandy, millions of aid dollars have been given to New York City but our communities continue to feel the devastation, hunger, homelessness, and displacement. Our new mayor has a unique opportunity to turn this tide and create a more equal city!

Join the Alliance for a Just Rebuilding,, and allies from across the 5 boroughs in a rally marking the one-year anniversary of Sandy. Join the growing movement for a better rebuilding and stand up for stronger communities for all!


  • 3 - 6PM: Sea Song sculpture unveiling. Hip Hop Community Garden Beach 59th Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd. A Train to Beach 60th Street (Be sure to catch the Far Rockaway bound A train!)
  • 2-10PM: Meet up at the Church of St.Luke and St. Matthew to help make art in preparation for Sundays rally. Location: 520 Clinton St, Brooklyn NY 11231. RSVP


  • 12PM: March to Turn The Tide with Occupy Sandy Staten Island and Guitarmy. RSVP
  • 4:30PM: Rally at City Hall. Location: 260 Broadway, New York, New York 10007. RSVP


Join Rebuild By Design to hear proposals from the 10 design teams for project ideas across New York and New Jersey. These proposals follow three months of in depth analysis and public outreach, which Occupy Sandy helped to facilitate. This will lead up to a selection of projects each team will pursue in the design phase - the next and final portion of the competition.

Sandy One Year Later Conference

On Oct. 29, 2013, Join NJ Future and other stakeholders at Monmouth University in W. Long Branch for a day-long conference focused on the Sandy recovery process. Distinguished speakers, including former governors James Florio, Christine Todd Whitman and retired U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, will highlight the economic and planning impacts of Sandy and of potential future storms, and will discuss things New Jersey and its municipalities need to be doing in order to be better prepared for the next severe weather event. Occupy Sandy New Jersey Organizer Alyssa Durnein will be a part of the panel. There is no charge to attend, but because space is limited, registration is required. More information and registration.

Looking Back/Looking Forward: Life after Hurricane Sandy

photo of Derek Prince by Matt Richter

October 29, 2013 · 6pm Writing Workshop · 7pm Storytelling Event

Join us for Stoop Series at Bric House. We’ll gather to share stories in our own words of how Hurricane Sandy has impacted our communities while exploring the ways that art and media offer a form of reflection and healing, and a powerful means of imagining a different future.

The event will feature Sandy Storyline, a participatory documentary project that is collecting and sharing stories of the impact of Sandy.  Sandy Storyline features audio, video, photography, and text stories – contributed by residents and citizen journalists – all collected online and shared through web documentary and interactive exhibitions.

We welcome you to join us before the storytelling event for a free community writing workshop with the NY Writers Coalition at 6pm. A lot has happened this past year. Let's put pen to paper and see what comes out. All levels of experience are welcome. Writing supplies and writing prompts will be provided, so just bring yourself. RSVP for the writing workshop by emailing

  • BRIC House
  • 647 Fulton Street (Enter on Rockwell Place)
  • Brooklyn, NY 11217
  • Contact: 718.683.5600
  • Google Map

Sandy, One Year Later: Sharing and Preserving Brooklyn's Stories

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

This program seeks to preserve and document the unique experiences of those whose daily lives continue to be impacted in the aftermath of Sandy.  Our panel will include a homeowner (Andrea Hodge, Canarsie), NYCHA resident (Rasheed Johnson, a teen living in the Red Hook Houses), business owner (Michael "Buzzy" O'Keeffe from The River Cafe in DUMBO), and one of Coney Island’s first responders, all of whom continue to work to help their communities return to a “new normal” post Sandy. Also participating is Sandy Storyline, an organization that has gathered audio, video, photography, and text from residents and citizen journalists to document the storm and its aftermath, with the goal of advocating for a more just and sustainable future. Sady Sullivan, BHS Director of Oral History, will moderate. RSVP

  • Brooklyn Historical Society
  • 128 Pierrepont St
  • Brooklyn, NY 11201

This program is co-presented by the Brooklyn Community Foundation, whose Brooklyn Recovery Fund provided over $3 million in direct aid to individuals, businesses, and nonprofits in the borough's waterfront communities.

We invite communities across the Tri-State area to light a candle near the waterfront closest to your home in remembrance of all our losses, and to honor the way our communities have come together.

  • Manhattan: E. 6th Street overpass to the East River Park
  • Brooklyn: Gerritsen Beach, Shellbank Creek Shoreline, (Dead End of Gerritsen Avenue/South of Lois Avenue) Brooklyn, NY 11229
  • Staten Island: Beach nearest Midland and Lincoln
  • Keansburg, NJ: Keansburg Beach, Bay walk off of Main Street and Beach Way


  • Needs: Volunteers with electrical, plumbing, and contractor experience.
  • Location: Toms River, Seaside and Long Branch, New Jersey
  • When: Flexible dates
  • Contact: Ben Haygood -
  • Needs: Assistance preparing lunch at the Center for Community Renewal.
  • Location: 247 Carr Avenue, Keansburg NJ
  • When: Sundays - 9am
  • CONTACT: Alyssa Durnien - or 732-615-7454
  • Needs: Organized groups for rebuild/repair work in the Delaware bayshore region.
  • Location: Cumberland County, New Jersey
  • When: Flexible dates (with a big anniversary volunteer day on Nov. 2nd)
  • Contact: Nate Kleinman -

Click here to see a full calendar of anniversary events!

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