Cleaning up in New Dorp – 13 Days After Sandy

Last Tuesday, two friends and I came across New Dorp, a neighborhood in Staten Island that was hit hard by hurricane Sandy. Several homes were completely destroyed and left in ruins, and many others received major flood damage. As I was walking through the streets, I couldn’t help but think that the area looked like a war zone. It was heartbreaking to see the residents starting to clean out their homes, as many of them lost basically everything they owned. Although, it was extremely heartwarming to learn that the Brooklyn-based Hallowed Sons motorcycle club had come in the day after the storm, and has been taking care of this neighborhood ever since. You can read more about that story here.

Since then, I have returned to New Dorp almost every day in order to follow the progress they’re making while cleaning up and salvaging what they can. The first couple of days I was there, garbage piled higher than me lined the streets, making them completely impassable. Now the sanitation workers have been picking up this garbage on a regular basis, although so many people are throwing their damaged belongings out that it’s impossible to keep up with it. I saw three Con Ed workers in the neighborhood this afternoon, and tonight I noticed that the street lamps on just one street are now lit up. Although the rest of the area is still without power, it’s nice to see that some progress is being made.

Below are some photos I took in New Dorp today:

A young boy looks on as a skid loader clears debris off of the road.

A camp set up by the Hallowed Sons motorcycle club.

A restaurant that was destroyed during hurricane Sandy. As I stuck my head in through one of the broken windows to get this shot, the building reeked of spoiled food.

“4 sale as is, slight water damage.”

A sign posted at a donation center in New Dorp. It says: “The measure of a man is not what he does when the sun is shining, but what he does during and after the storm…” – H.D. Thoreau

There was one street that has street lamps on tonight, so it looks as though there’s at least some progress being made as far as getting power turned back on.

It’s going to take a lot of work to get this neighborhood cleaned up after hurricane Sandy.

A couple of volunteers who came from out-of-state.

Where the garbage is being put at the end of Cedar Grove Ave.

A large tree that fell onto a home.

The Hallowed Sons motorcycle club.

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