Hurricane Maria

Battery Park City

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The search is on for the architect or artist who will design the Hurricane Maria Memorial in Battery Park City. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans for the project last September, on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s landfall. The tragic event claimed more than 3,000 lives and brought more than 11,000 displaced victims to New York. The memorial will be a way for the city to honor the victims and survivors, as well as the city’s strong connection to Puerto Rico.

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City Living, Policy

La Perla in San Juan; photo courtesy of Discover Puerto Rico

The tourism agencies of New York City and Puerto Rico are teaming up to boost travel between the two places. At an event on Tuesday hosted by Lin-Manuel Miranda, NYC & Company and Discover Puerto Rico signed a one-year alliance to encourage “reciprocal travel,” with a new advertising campaign and swapping of marketing tips. Miranda is also bringing his award-winning show “Hamilton” to the island from January 8 to January 27 at the Univesity of Puerto Rico’s San Juan campus. All proceeds from the engagement will go toward an art fund on the island founded by Miranda.

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Battery Park City

Battery Park City, Manhattan, expensive neighborhoods

Battery Park City via Flickr cc

To mark the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria last week–along with new reports that confirm 3,000 Puerto Ricans lost their lives in the third-most-powerful storm to ever hit the U.S.–Governor Cuomo signed an executive order establishing a new Hurricane Maria Memorial Commission to provide recommendations pertaining to the site, design, and installation of a permanent memorial in Battery Park City. New York City has the largest number of Puerto Rican residents in the U.S. mainland and, to date, Cuomo has set aside $13 million to aide the more than 11,000 displaced Hurricane Maria victims living in New York state.

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