Around this time last year, this is what the East Village looked like. See more of my Sandy photos in this post.
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.
In remembrance of Hurricane Sandy, here’s the photos I took during and after Sandy hit, mostly in lower and midtown Manhattan.
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)
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
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”
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.
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.
Near the High Line Park this morning before sunrise. Hopefully one of the last mornings of this blackout.
Don’t want to cause alarm, but the #Sandy blackout is so bad I saw someone use a pay phone the other 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)