RISE collected stories from across the Rockaway Peninsula to document what happened in local neighborhoods affected by Storm Sandy and build on a collaborative vision for future rebuilding efforts in the Rockaways.
RISE took on the "Rockaway Stories" documentary to capture lessons learned from Storm Sandy.The film was done to elevate local voices, especially those of Rockaways youth and document progress made in rebuilding efforts.
As part of this project, young adults from the RISE urban planning program worked with professional writers, filmmakers and photographers to collect both written and visual interviews of residents, business owners, and city workers about their personal experiences before, during and after the storm to assess what steps can be taken to make the Rockaway community more resilient to future storms.
On May 5th, 2013 Rockaway Stories premiered in the MOMA PS1 Dome in Rockaway, giving the students, mentors and trainers on the project an opportunity to share the project with the public.
Later that year, RISE students were invited to screen the film to Harvard University's Graduate Urban Planning Program & Loeb Fellows panel of experts focused on rebuilding and planning efforts in NYC.
Many of the students written works were also published in"The Rockaways" a book published by Hamilton Fish and Concord Free Press about the aftermath of Storm Sandy.