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Sea-Level Rise Poses Hard Choice for Two Neighborhoods: Rebuild or Retreat? TakePart/Participant Media

Sea-Level Rise Poses Hard Choice for Two Neighborhoods: Rebuild or Retreat?

STATEN ISLAND, New York- The first time I walked Fox Beach Avenue on Staten Island, in October 2013, the house at number 72 was still standing. Its windows were boarded over and the surrounding yards overgrown by a tall swamp grass called phragmites, which had advanced from the saltwater marsh at the end of the street. When I returned on a recent Friday morning, a year and a half later, it was gone. The lot was empty save for a modest memorial: two small flowered crosses stuck into the ground at the center of the plot.

April 24, 2015 Go to Article