Brooklyn Navy Yard Businesses Struggle to Recover After Sandy

The waterfront industrial complex was hit with floodwaters, and a lack of electricity has slowed clean-ups.

Many businesses located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard industrial complex were hit hard by floodwaters brought on by Sandy, and are still struggling to fully recover, according to the New York Daily News.

Companies hit by storm-related problems include the maker of Sweet ‘N Low and manufacturer IceStone, where 39 workers’ jobs are on the line. Clean-up efforts have slowed because of power outages and a lack of steam heat at the complex.

As many as 40 companies at the Navy Yard lost an estimated $50 million because of the storm, according to early numbers by Navy Yard officials. The complex is home to more than 275 businesses that employ about 6,000 workers.

“With electronics and salt water, salt water wins every time,” Sol Kanarek, co-owner of electronics distributor Supersonic, told the paper, referring to flooding at the site.

“All our equipment has to be repaired or replaced,” a worker at the Sweet ‘N Low plant told the paper. Workers have been filling 30 to 40 Dumpsters per day with ruined materials.

And while the losses will be difficult to recoup, there is hope that recovery is on its way to the industrial plant.

According to the Daily News, 95 percent of Navy Yard businesses had electricity as of Monday afternoon, and officials were trucking in two steam generators for heat.

dkholland November 07, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I interviewed the head of the Navy Yard Andrew Kimball in 2008 for an article and asked what the Yard was doing in anticipation of the sea level rising. I was shocked and saddened to hear the answer which only related to new construction of buildings and nothing else. It would be good to hear if their approach will change now that their tenants have had major losses.


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