A Look Back on Hurricane Sandy
I have spent the last three months photographing Hurricane Sandy aftermath as much as I can. Below I posted one photo from each day I went out to cover it:
October 28th, 2012: A deserted subway station in Harlem after the subway system was shutdown.
October 29th, 2012: Water rushing over my feet in Battery Park during the hurricane.
October 30th, 2012: Looking through the window of a store on Avenue C in Manhattan that had flooded during the hurricane.
October 31st, 2012: Water coming out of a fire hydrant in Chinatown. Residents in the area who were without running water had been using it to fill up buckets of water.
November 1st, 2012: A lone street vendor on a dark block in lower Manhattan.
November 2nd, 2012: The National Guard stationed in Chinatown, NYC, where they were giving out food and water to residents in the area.
November 3rd, 2012: A rose and a note left on a car in Staten Island that belonged to a woman who abandoned the car after it was overtaken by flood water during Hurricane Sandy. She had her two sons with her – 2 and 4 years old – and they were ripped from her arms by the rising water and drowned. The note says: “As a mother of two babies, my heart goes out to you and your family. Your angle babies are watching over you. – Christina and the SI Urban Park Rangers”
November 4th, 2012: Some Occupy Wall Street medics knocked on this lady’s door in a little neighborhood of bungalows in the Rockaways that had been hit hard by the flooding. They were seeing if she was alright, and she told them that she tried to get into a shelter, but was turned away after they told her they couldn’t take her, her husband, and their two young children. As we were about to leave, a man from Mayor Bloomberg’s office also stopped by the neighborhood, and actually mentioned he had seen many occupy folks out helping. My friend Adrian told him about this lady who was trying to get into a shelter, brought him to her home, and when we left he was making phone calls to try to get her and her family into a shelter. She gave both Adrian and I a huge hug before we left.
November 5th, 2012: My friend Giles taking a photo of a home that was destroyed in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island.
November 6th, 2012: The Hallowed Sons motorcycle club from Brooklyn responded in New Dorp Beach, and provided food, clothing, shelter, and supplies for the residents there.
November 8th, 2012: “Hi, I’m Pastor Joseph, and this used to be my house.” Pictured in the background is the top level of what used to be his house on Kissam Ave in Staten Island. The foundation of his house was behind me as I was taking this photo.
November 9th, 2012: Homes damaged along the beach in Sea Gate, Coney Island.
November 10th, 2012: Volunteers working hard at the Occupy Sandy distribution hub at the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Brooklyn.
November 11th, 2012: A young boy looks on as a skid loader clears debris off of the road in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island.
November 12th, 2012: Destroyed homes on Bay Shore Drive in Toms River, NJ.
November 13th, 2012: Breezy Point, Queens, where over 100 homes burned down during the hurricane due to downed power lines and gas leaks.
November 15th, 2012: This New Dorp Beach resident told me he put his Christmas tree out in his yard in hopes of cheering up the kids in this neighborhood that was hard-hit by hurricane Sandy.
November 17th, 2012: At the Occupy Sandy distribution hub at the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Brooklyn.
November 18th, 2012: Piles of sand and debris in Long Beach, NY.
November 19th, 2012: Along the beach in the Rockaways, NY.
November 21st, 2012: The Occupy Sandy hub at St. Jacobi Church in Brooklyn.
December 2nd, 2012: Volunteers heading out from the Occupy Sandy hub in Staten Island to help with clean-up.
December 4th, 2012: Occupy Faith NYC and members of the community gathered outside of Mayor Bloomberg’s residence to speak out about the lack of resources being used to address the housing issue after hurricane Sandy and the misinformation about the dangers of mold.
December 30th, 2012: An Occupy Sandy volunteer working on a home in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island.
January 7th, 2013: Volunteers hard at work at the Occupy Sandy communications hub in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
January 8th, 2013: A home in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island, that has gone untouched since the first day I was there about a week after the hurricane.
January 12th, 2013: During the Walk A Mile In Our Shoes march in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island.
January 23rd, 2013: At the community relief hub on Cedar Grove Avenue in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island.
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