Wall Street Walkt Hurricane Sandy Tour | Downtown Alliance

Wall Street Walkt Hurricane Sandy Tour

Dec 30, 2012
Repeats every week every Friday and every Saturday and on the first Sunday until Mon Dec 31 2012.
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Wall Street Walks

New York City was adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy. We all prepared for it, but no one here knew how hard it would hit us. We experienced extensive flooding, building damage, loss of power, income and productivity. It was a mess. Downtown was hit particularly hard.

Why? Partly, because the coastline of today's Financial District is made up of landfill. The true size of the tip of Manhattan is in fact quite a bit smaller than it appears today (see graphic at bottom of this page). The flood waters came inland about as far as the true coastline- as far as they could before hitting bedrock. Flood waters also traveled up the old waterways that are now underground. That means any business currently located on the landfill or near an old canal (that's a lot of them!) got flooded with up to 4 feet of water. The tunnels that allow subways and vehicles to travel under NYC, or out to New Jersey or Brooklyn, were all flooded. 

A large-scale cleanup effort is currently underway in downtown Manhattan.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we will be making additional stops and providing additional information about the effects of the storm during our regular tours. See damage caused by Sandy, the buildings and businesses that were affected, and how high the flood waters rose. Learn why certain parts of the Financial District were flooded and not others. This additional information will be provided on the tours until December 31st.

100% of the special Sandy tours will be donated to the rebuilding & recovery efforts of the South Street Seaport Museum.