A Presidential Visit and a Promise of Federal Aid

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It’s Tuesday.

Weather: Sunny and good. High round 80.

Alternate-side parking: Suspended at this time and tomorrow (Rosh Hashana).

Credit…Benjamin Norman for The New York Times

Federal support is coming for victims of final week’s catastrophic storm.

As householders across the area proceed to sift by their waterlogged belongings within the wake of torrential rains and deadly flooding, the governors of New York and New Jersey introduced yesterday that they’d been granted federal support cash from the Biden administration, which declared areas in each states main catastrophe zones after they had been hit by remnants of Hurricane Ida.

[Read more about the federal aid from my colleague Sarah Maslin Nir.]

The funding, which is able to come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, means those that have been displaced from their properties in a number of authorized counties, together with individuals who wouldn’t have insurance coverage, can be eligible for cash to restore their properties, officers in each states mentioned. Supportive providers similar to disaster counseling will even be lined.

Biden will go to storm-torn areas

President Biden is about to go to components of New York and New Jersey at this time to survey the consequences of the storm, which has left greater than 40 useless and created hundreds of thousands of dollars of harm throughout each states.

Mr. Biden will go to Manville, N.J., the place a banquet corridor and a number of properties exploded as a consequence of storm harm, and Queens, the place a number of individuals drowned inside their basement residences.

While state officers have centered on the fast aftermath of the monumental storm, they’ve additionally mentioned that they’ve plans to safe the area towards future excessive climate.

“The world is changing,” Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey mentioned final week.

Floodwaters harm each home on a Queens block

Among these hit hardest by the storm had been residents of a block in Flushing, Queens, whose lives had been strewn out on the curb final weekend, a scene captured in highly effective portraits by Benjamin Norman.

“This was our first house,” Joanna Velasco informed the reporter Chelsia Rose Marcius. Ms. Velasco and her husband had poured their earnings into the house on 153rd Street the place they raised their household.

A few doorways down, Sunciya Vijayarajah stood on her stoop close to piles of her kids’s college papers, sodden baggage of basmati rice and a massive statue of an elephant. One of the few objects that remained after the deluge was a framed snapshot of Ms. Vijayarajah, now 42, taken on her marriage ceremony day in 1998 in Sri Lanka.

“My wedding sari is gone,” Ms. Vijayarajah mentioned.

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What we’re studying

The quantity of riders ejected from the subway for defying the masks mandate final month was the bottom stage in almost a yr. [The City]

How homeless New Yorkers rode out the torrential rainfall and harmful flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Ida. [Gothamist]

The Fire Department and Police Department rescued a man trapped in a 25-foot gap within the Queens woods. [New York Post]

And lastly: Meet the plover patrol

The Times’s Daniel E. Slotnik writes:

Piping plovers, dun-colored shorebirds that lay their eggs in tiny scrapes within the sand, are straightforward to overlook as they dart over the seashore. Chris Allieri is more durable to miss.

This previous spring, Mr. Allieri began the N.Y.C. Plover Project, a company devoted to defending the threatened birds on seashores within the Rockaways in Queens. He has recruited greater than 50 volunteers who’ve spent most of the spring and summer time patrolling the seashores to defend plovers from canine and oblivious beachgoers.

Mr. Allieri, 47, who lives in Brooklyn, noticed his first plover as a baby together with his father, an avid birder, on the Jersey Shore. He mentioned it was like seeing “a unicorn.”

Last yr, Mr. Allieri was at Fort Tilden Beach at Gateway National Recreation Area in Queens when a plover appeared subsequent to him on the seashore. Then he noticed one other, and one other.

He additionally noticed canine, off-leash, chasing the delicate birds.

“Who’s protecting them?” Mr. Allieri mentioned.

This spring Mr. Allieri began the Plover Project to teach beachgoers concerning the birds and to name authorities if essential to guard them.

Plovers have seen their coastal habitat destroyed by human improvement and erosion. At one level there have been barely greater than 720 breeding pairs of Atlantic piping plovers left.

In the New York area, plovers are inclined to nest on the Jersey Shore, on Long Island and at Rockaway Beach, Fort Tilden and Breezy Point seashore in Queens. They arrive in March and can keep till the tip of August, by the recent months when people additionally flock to the ocean.

That timing is unlucky, and some beachfront communities have resented the birds for many years as a result of defending them usually means limiting seashores.

Whole stretches of seashore could be cordoned off. Walking canine, flying kites, lighting fireworks or off-roading to a secluded spot for fishing are banned. Anyone caught harming a plover can face stiff monetary penalties and even jail time.

Over the years, residents have largely come to simply accept the restrictions, mentioned Gary Vegliante, mayor of the village of West Hampton Dunes on Long Island.

“The birds are cute, nobody wants to see them abandoned or lost,” he mentioned.

It’s Tuesday — watch your step.

Metropolitan Diary: First lipstick

Dear Diary:

Its slim gold cartridge would possibly
have been WAC surplus,
(matte) “Medium Red”
chalked up my pout.
Now that my mouth
might take a man out,
I obtained moxie, grew some
cheekbones in a single day,
strolled dwelling, heels
slung over one shoulder,
in stocking ft — gliding
the sidewalk of Park Avenue
silky underfoot,
well past midnight.

— Rachel Eisler

Illustrated by Agnes Lee. Read extra Metropolitan Diary right here.

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