Winning storm-protection projects picked for N.J., N.Y.

Federal officials say they’ll fund a series of designs to protect the New York City and New Jersey region from storms such as Sandy.One project creates an 8-mile system of dikes around low-lying parts of Manhattan.

Another protects a key food market in the Bronx while a third would help drain stretches of Long Island.Artificial islands will also be created along the New York and New Jersey coast to blunt the force of storm surges.

The projects will cost more than $500 million.

They were chosen from a pool of finalists as a part of the “Rebuild by Design” competition created by President Barack Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force.

The first set of winners was announced Monday in Manhattan by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.

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