October 29, 2013
Around this time last year, this is what the East Village looked like. See more of my Sandy photos in this post.

Around this time last year, this is what the East Village looked like. See more of my Sandy photos in this post.

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October 29, 2013
What the Empire State Building looked like after the Hurricane Sandy blackout last year. You can see my complete set of Sandy photos at Flickr.

What the Empire State Building looked like after the Hurricane Sandy blackout last year. You can see my complete set of Sandy photos at Flickr.

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October 29, 2013
In remembrance of Hurricane Sandy, here’s the photos I took during and after Sandy hit, mostly in lower and midtown Manhattan.

In remembrance of Hurricane Sandy, here’s the photos I took during and after Sandy hit, mostly in lower and midtown Manhattan.

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December 31, 2012

I like to do a photo review every year just because it helps me remember what the hell exactly happened. But I just did one recently of Hurricane Sandy blackout photos and that was pretty much the pivotal event for many of us in the city.

I uploaded more than 4,500 photos to Flickr this year, but Tumblr’s photosets only allow 10 photos. So here are 10 photos that sum up the year for me in New York (basically, lots of precipitation).

(Last year’s photo review here)


We actually had two "super storms" this year. Before Sandy, there was this big rainstorm in July that didn't really live up to being "super"

Watching parades isn't that fun for me. But sneaking in behind them is worth it (helps if you're Asian for this one).

Finally saw the 9/11 memorial. Lived up to the hype.

Bill Cunningham at the Giants Super Bowl Parade was definitely my celebrity-sighting of the year

NY Fashion Week casting call in SoHo

I don't recommend going to the Top of the Rock on a foggy night unless it's free, but at least it's peaceful

This guy is doing what I like to do most weekend afternoons.

We did have one solid snow this year, poorly timed right after Sandy

Got to walk atop the rails and wild grass at the High Line's upcoming final section.

I'll never take street lights or meat for granted after Sandy

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December 10, 2012

I finally got around to organizing some of the photos I took during the Hurricane Sandy blackout. Except for the power going out in my neighborhood, I don’t have any stories of hardship. I just had to walk to work and walk back in pitch dark every day that week. So I didn’t see any of Sandy’s real devastation, but walking around the deserted downtown Manhattan was enough craziness for me.

Note: If you’re viewing this on the Tumblr dashboard, click here to see all the photos attached to this post.

Virtually all of them were shot with my Sony NEX-7 and 24mm lens. No clever skill to them or heavy-post-processing…just bumped the ISO and aperture to the max and held my breath. All of these photos are on my Flickr account and available through Creative Commons, along with the metadata and original sizes.

Feel free to re-use the photos (with attribution). So if you were interested in purchasing a print, donate instead to post-Sandy efforts: Coney Recovers | Staten Island Advance’s list | FEMA Donation Info


And then suddenly, everyone remembered how much they loved traffic lights.


This was fun for the first few blocks of the walk. But unsettling and unnerving after twenty.


Astor Place.


Too bad the skies were mostly cloudy that week. We might have been able to see the stars from lower Manhattan for the first time since Edison (or the last blackout, I guess).


Here’s what lower Manhattan looked like from the Top of the Rockefeller. Just kidding, that’s way more lighting than lower Manhattan had (this is Central Park)


Lights were mostly out from the ESB to the WTC


I applaud their bravery, but this looks like the four-wheel death ride to hell.


Cop cars would go down the side streets every so often, flooding the area with blue and red lighting. Still, it was a mugger’s dream, considering victims wouldn’t be able to call 911 on their cell phones.


NYU apparently had their own generators.


I’d never thought I’d live to see Veselka closed.


In the last days of the blackout, the Flatiron building provided a striking divide between the have-lights and the have-nots.


A light tower in Chelsea on 8th Avenue.


Dawn at the Meatpacking district


It was actually nice to take bus rides for a change.


Below 23rd Street near Broadway


Pizza by flashlight.


The value of a hot meal could not be overstated.



This was my living room after the power went back on. Apparently we never bothered to turn off the TV.


Wine was one of the few staples of life that remained uninterrupted. Just like during Prohibition


Sixth Avenue

Taking the stairs (with the dog) became terrifying.

Walking down Broadway, just south of Union Square

This photo is of 1st Ave., right after the generator blew

This neon outpost in Union Square was the only hot meal for blocks

Just how are they planning to power that iMac exactly?

I'll never take traffic lights for granted again

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November 16, 2012
Flatiron in the blackout.

Flatiron in the blackout.

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November 4, 2012
From all of us who were stuck in the dark during #Sandy, thank you @WNYC for being a lifeline!

Or to paraphrase Homer: “Teacher, mother…secret lover”

From all of us who were stuck in the dark during #Sandy, thank you @WNYC for being a lifeline!

Or to paraphrase Homer: “Teacher, mother…secret lover”

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November 4, 2012
Lafayette St. in the blackout

Lafayette St. in the blackout

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November 3, 2012
Walking home down Broadway, shortly before the lights went back on

Walking home down Broadway, shortly before the lights went back on

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November 3, 2012
The Flatiron Building, shortly before the power went back on last night.

The Flatiron Building, shortly before the power went back on last night.

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November 3, 2012
Hoboken, day 2 after Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Gary Hershorn for Reuters

Even as a photographer, I still underestimate how much photos can override your previous intellectual understanding of a situation. WNYC has been my only source of info at night during Hurricane Sandy, and as excellent as their coverage has been, narrative only goes so far in communicating the scope of a disaster.

i lost power, heat, and communication, but that was just an inconcenience since my office was unaffected. Sandy wasnt at all a disaster for me, even the winebar downstairs from me stayed open. So I couldn’t understand why so many of my friends and family outside the city kept asking, each day, if things were OK, as if on day 3, my area would suddenly be flooded after staying dry during the hurricane.

Now that the power’s back and I’ve had time to browse the coverage and see more of the photos outside my own area, I can see why anyone, even after hearing that their friend is completely safe from the disaster zone, would still keep checking in every day just to make sure. Thanks to everyone who was concerned this past week and I hope the speediest recovery for those who were actually hit hard.

Hoboken, day 2 after Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Gary Hershorn for Reuters

Even as a photographer, I still underestimate how much photos can override your previous intellectual understanding of a situation. WNYC has been my only source of info at night during Hurricane Sandy, and as excellent as their coverage has been, narrative only goes so far in communicating the scope of a disaster.

i lost power, heat, and communication, but that was just an inconcenience since my office was unaffected. Sandy wasnt at all a disaster for me, even the winebar downstairs from me stayed open. So I couldn’t understand why so many of my friends and family outside the city kept asking, each day, if things were OK, as if on day 3, my area would suddenly be flooded after staying dry during the hurricane.

Now that the power’s back and I’ve had time to browse the coverage and see more of the photos outside my own area, I can see why anyone, even after hearing that their friend is completely safe from the disaster zone, would still keep checking in every day just to make sure. Thanks to everyone who was concerned this past week and I hope the speediest recovery for those who were actually hit hard.

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November 2, 2012
The last neon outpost: a crowd of people gather around one of the only hot food sources near Union Square, a food cart at Broadway and 14th street.

The last neon outpost: a crowd of people gather around one of the only hot food sources near Union Square, a food cart at Broadway and 14th street.

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November 2, 2012
Near the High Line Park this morning before sunrise. Hopefully one of the last mornings of this blackout.

Near the High Line Park this morning before sunrise. Hopefully one of the last mornings of this blackout.

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November 2, 2012
Don’t want to cause alarm, but the #Sandy blackout is so bad I saw someone use a pay phone the other night

Don’t want to cause alarm, but the #Sandy blackout is so bad I saw someone use a pay phone the other night

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November 2, 2012
Before and after Hurricane Sandy, as seen from the Top of the Rock: At top is the view of the Empire State Building and beyond on Memorial Day of 2011. On the bottom is the that same view this past Thursday night.

(you also see the difference between the height of WTC One in the course of a year, as power was restored to its lights by Thursday night)

Before and after Hurricane Sandy, as seen from the Top of the Rock: At top is the view of the Empire State Building and beyond on Memorial Day of 2011. On the bottom is the that same view this past Thursday night.

(you also see the difference between the height of WTC One in the course of a year, as power was restored to its lights by Thursday night)