Mapping Sandy’s Inequalities

Welcome to our Web-based project “Mapping Sandy’s Inequalities”!

Prepared in anticipation of the fifth anniversary of the Hurricane/Superstorm named Sandy, the purpose of this website is twofold. First, we hope it will serve as a resource for those interested in looking back at Sandy and its impacts, both in Long Island communities and more broadly.  The intent is to preserve, show, and share a thorough and detailed account of Sandy and its impacts on Long Island. Secondly, it serves as a means for enlightening and educating the public about some alarming historical patterns found within natural disasters: how some tend to suffer more than others, also how disasters such as this one are likely not just to recur but to get worse.

This web project was undertaken and authored by Professor Chris Sellers and his students in History 401.02, The History of Environmental Hazards, in the fall of 2017: Elaine Cash, Armani Garrick, Stephen Henry, Kara Maroney, Latira Walker, and Matthew Walker.  Other collaborators who made this project possible were Sung Gheel Jang, director of Stony Brook’s Geospatial Center, as well as Paul St. Denis in Stony Brook’s Teaching and Learning Lab, also Randy Dible and Julia Clarke.

Research from this project was featured in the following publications:

Christopher Sellers. “Storms Hit Poor People Harder, from Superstorm Sandy to Hurricane Maria.” The Conversation (November 19, 2017).

Malcolm J. Bowman, William B. Golden, Catherine McVay Hughes, Christopher Sellers, and Robert D. Yaro.  “The Social Justice Case for a Metropolitan New York-New Jersey Regional Storm Surge Barrier System.” Environmental Law in New York 29(4)(April 2018): 69-93.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Median Income versus Damaged Housing
  3. Flooding versus Median Income
  4. Race, Ethnicity and Flooding
  5. Town Case Histories
  6. Conclusion
  7. Bibliography

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