New Yorks parks are battered but unbowed by hurricane Sandy

New Yorks parks are battered but unbowed by hurricane Sandy

Trees have been uprooted and benches smashed in Central Park, but volunteers have been hard at work clearing debris and removing dangerous elements. At least 250 trees have fallen, and more are expected to need to be felled.

The High Line has also been shut, suffering in particular from the flooding with seawater of its underground utility vaults as the Hudson River overflowed. The entire five-mile length of the Hudson River Park flooded, although its piers and bulkheads are believed to be largely in good condition.

The great survivor was FDR Four Freedoms Park, designed by Louis Kahn but only realised recently and opened for the first time last month. It suffered no damage beyond tree trunks washed up onto its banks, the result of the prescient decision to raise the park, which sits on the tip of Roosevelt Island, 15 inches (40 cm) above the original design level in order to accommodate unusual weather events.

The New York Times has published a round-up of the state of the city’s parks

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