News Summary: Lower Manhattan limps back to life

Associated Press

EBBING TIDE: Nearly a month after Superstorm Sandy crashed into lower Manhattan, some of the high-rises that are home to investment banks, large law firms and luxury apartments have bounced back quickly. But others buildings remain eerily dark and vacant.

DARK FUTURE: Landlords have warned full power won't be back for weeks, if not months, leaving businesses and residents displaced and uncertain about when — and even whether — they'll return. JP Morgan Chase, the Daily News and the American Civil Liberties Union are among tenants still operating in satellite locations after getting washed out of their headquarters.

MILES TO GO: After the second major storm struck Manhattan in as many years, few are discounting another encounter with the Hudson River, which was pushed over its banks into Manhattan during the storm. Perhaps the biggest challenge for residents and building owners will be figuring out how to move critical infrastructure to higher floors or even roofs to avoid extended disruptions in the future.

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