Don Riepe, who has lived in Broad Channel for nearly 40 years, tracks the phase of the moon and the movement of the tides, cross checking them with forecasts for storms.

If he expects flooding, he rolls up the downstairs rugs and takes his valuables upstairs.

“That’s just life in Broad Channel,” he said. “If you want to live close to water, you just pay attention.”

Ben Fractenberg/DNAinfo Grimsby Street on Staten Island’s eastern shore after Superstorm Sandy, Oct. 31, 2012. Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY A marking near Don Riepe’s backdoor marking how high the water got during Superstorm Sandy. WXY architecture + urban design/bloomimages A rendering of how Governors Island could look after rezoning […]


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