Staten Island – 1/26/13

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Photos from Hurricane Sandy aftermath in Staten Island yesterday. Almost three months have passed since the hurricane, yet many people are will not getting the help they need, and some are still without heat, running water, and/or electricity.

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Jenna Says:

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“Fuck you, Hurricane Sandy.”
For doing this:

Breezy Point in Ruins

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Breezy Point, Queens. November 13th, 2012.

I finally made it out to Breezy Point on Tuesday, which was 15 days after hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast. Although I had seen many photos of the area where over 100 homes burned down from downed power lines and gas leaks, I was unable to grasp the massive devastation until I was standing amidst the ashes and charred metal, and breathing in the air that smelled strongly of burned materials. One can only describe the scene as post-apocalyptic, with blocks of homes now in shambles, and only a few chimneys still standing amongst the rubble:

As I was taking photos of the homes that burned down in Breezy Point, a lady approached me and we started chatting. She ended up telling me that if I walked just down the beach from that area, I would come across multiple homes that were also destroyed during the hurricane. She said that the media has been so focused on the homes that burned down, that many people don’t realize how much destruction there also was in the rest of Breezy Point. I decided to head down that way, and was amazed at what I saw.
Other than the homes that had burned down, this was the most devastation I have seen yet. Many homes had completely collapsed. Others were pushed off of their foundations and shoved up against other homes. I have seen some of this in other areas, but not on as large of a scale as this:

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Cleaning up in New Dorp – 13 Days After Sandy

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

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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