The worst of Sandys damage should be compared to the Miss. gulf coast, which was wiped out in Katrina. Comparing New Orleans to New York- New Orleans was under 10+ ft of water for about a month. New York didn’t have a toxic stew in its streets or every window blown out of its highrises. No comparison. The sad thing is that a TROPICAL STORM/Minimal hurricane did so much damage to the BIGGEST city in the country. Old beat up N.O. takes a Cat 3/5 N.Y.C. is an ‘apocolytic moonscape’ in 60mph.
NY is incapable of dealing with mother nature. That’s all.
The entire concept of trying to compare the 2 is apples and oranges. 2 entirely different dynamics of storm and 2 entirely different areas being hit.
The thing is, only the “known” areas get any media attention - thus we still hear about NO, but not the Miss. coast and we are only hearing about NYC, and a little about Jersey - but nothing about NC, VA, MD or DE - which all got hit hard as well.
It’s a media thing - plain and simple.
The storm tide in NYC was actually higher than in New Orleans in Katrina, though.