Sandy Bus Tour Site Visit – The Rockaways and Long Beach, L.I.

Monday, October 21, 2013 -
9:00am to 5:00pm EDT
Bus to leave mid-block on 40th St., between 5th and 6th Avenues - right at the rear of Bryant Park Grille
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What Funders Can Expect from Participation

  • A bird’s eye view of two communities deeply impacted by Sandy — what are their continuing needs, as well as what are innovative strategies nonprofits and other groups undertook that funders can support to make these communities more resilient long-term.
  • Insights into how despite misconceptions about suburban communities being well-resourced and wealthier, many, like the Rockaways and Long Beach, have pockets that are poor, underserved and under-resourced, and how this makes them particularly vulnerable to a disaster.
  • An opportunity to learn what philanthropy can do to support systems development and capacity building so that vulnerable and often overlooked communities are better prepared for future disasters and stronger and more resilient.
  • Concrete examples of initiatives by community organizations that support community resiliency and long-term strength.


Funder participants will see and hear about these communities from a variety of angles and multiple perspectives, including government relief workers concentrated in the area, community development leaders who have been working in the communities for years and leaders of community institutions that are innovating in new ways in the wake of the disaster. The tour will take participants to residential areas that were decimated by Sandy, to the boardwalk for a discussion of economic development and to several areas that are heavily populated by people who were most vulnerable in the disaster.


Overview (on the bus introduction)
Arrive at Floyd Bennett Field area (major staging ground for recovery efforts)
  • Joan Byron, Director of Policy, Pratt Center, provides historical context of the Rockaways (geography, demographics, etc.) and talks about plans for the future.
Far Rockaways –Safe Space/Queens Public Library
Nonprofits to provide community perspectives on the response and recovery efforts. Discussion will include how communities were resourced and not, as well as ways groups responded and built capacity despite limited resources.
Lunch – provided by a local business recovering after being hit badly by Sandy
Long Beach, L.I.
  • Gwen O’Shea, Executive Director, Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, on the complexities and complications when coordinating the response and recovery across organizations
Tour will include:
  • A residential area that was decimated
  • The boardwalk – an important economic engine of the community
  • Two communities heavily populated by vulnerable people – a seniors complex/community, then North Park (a fairly neglected minority neighborhood, and also a major Brownfield area)
Return to Manhattan
On the return trip, New York Community Trust leaders will facilitate discussion on key take-aways from the day. 
Part of Philanthropy New York's "Sandy, Philanthropy & a Year of Hard Lessons" Special Event.
This program is "Mostly Open."

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