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State allocates $5m to historic sites ravaged by Superstorm Sandy

A number of cemeteries and green spaces around the five boroughs will receive state money to prepare for future Superstorm Sandy-like storms.

prospect park superstorm sandy A number of cemeteries and public spaces around the five boroughs will receive state money to prepare for future extreme weather — including Brooklyn's Prospect Park.
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A number of cemeteries and public spaces around the five boroughs will receive state money to prepare for future extreme weather — including Brooklyn's Prospect Park.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday that 14 sites around the state will receive a grand total of more than $5 million to evaluate and renovate the landmarks ahead of any future storms not unlike Superstorm Sandy.

The money, which comes from the National Park Service and will be distributed by the state, will go to properties owned by either local governments or nonprofits within FEMA-designated counties.

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Among those properties for the first round of allocations are six locations in New York City.

Brooklyn will get $2.4 million between three different sites. The Prospect Park Alliance will receive about $728,000 to restore the northeast section of the park known as the Vale of Cashmere, as well as to replace greenery that destabilized surrounding hills.

Almost $1 will go towards the nearby Green-Wood Cemetery to clean up an area that suffered some 300 toppled trees and damaged mausoleums and gravestones. Another $715,000 will also help the Evergreens Cemetery along the Brooklyn-Queens border.

In Queens itself, the historic New York State Pavilion is slated to get $127,000 for damage to the cable roof and to help estimate future costs for repairs.

Three sites in Staten Island — one of the boroughs hardest hit by Sandy — can expect $485,360 to evaluate damages to the Conference House Bluffs in Raritan Bay, Voorlezer's House in Richmond Town and the Staten Island Cemetery.

In the Bronx, $168,000 will go towards Woodlawn Cemetery for it to restore three monuments , repair 25 memorials and remove remaining storm debris.

"Some of New York's most treasured historic properties that have withstood the tests of time were battered by Superstorm Sandy and are now more vulnerable to extreme weather," Cuomo said in a statement.

"This funding will go a long way toward restoring these historic gems so they may be enjoyed not only today, but also for generations to come," added Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, who represents parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

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