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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January 15, 2013
Flatiron during the Sandy blackout

Flatiron during the Sandy blackout

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December 14, 2012
Saw this poor puppy, Angel, rolling around Union Square just as the Sandy blackout ended. At least she went home to a powered home (I hope)

Saw this poor puppy, Angel, rolling around Union Square just as the Sandy blackout ended. At least she went home to a powered home (I hope)

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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 21, 2012
NYPD traffic officer, during the blackout

NYPD traffic officer, during the blackout

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November 16, 2012
Flatiron in the blackout.

Flatiron in the blackout.

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November 12, 2012
Under a dark skywalk, near the Flatiron

Under a dark skywalk, near the Flatiron

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November 7, 2012
A NYFD truck races up First Avenue during Hurricane Sandy and after lower Manhattan’s power goes out. Today Airbnb announced an initiative to connect those who were left homeless with those who are willing to offer free housing.

A NYFD truck races up First Avenue during Hurricane Sandy and after lower Manhattan’s power goes out. Today Airbnb announced an initiative to connect those who were left homeless with those who are willing to offer free housing.

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November 7, 2012
Pete Wells of the New York Times issues a call to action: Downtown needs diners now


  This is a big hit for businesses that get by on small margins, and for workers who are often paid by the hour. A few places may not survive. All will struggle…
  Not one of these establishments requires help as desperately as a family whose home was destroyed by water, fire or wind. Basic food and shelter are urgent requirements for many New Yorkers this week.
  But a city where doing many things at once is as natural as breathing can certainly help out more than one cause at a time. Right now, these restaurants, the people who own them and, even more, the people who work for them, need us. And we need them. Downtown’s restaurants show us who we are.


Read the rest of his editorial here.

The photo above was taken at East Village Pizza on 1st Avenue near 9th street. It was one of the few places open during the blackout that I saw in East Village.

Pete Wells of the New York Times issues a call to action: Downtown needs diners now

This is a big hit for businesses that get by on small margins, and for workers who are often paid by the hour. A few places may not survive. All will struggle… Not one of these establishments requires help as desperately as a family whose home was destroyed by water, fire or wind. Basic food and shelter are urgent requirements for many New Yorkers this week. But a city where doing many things at once is as natural as breathing can certainly help out more than one cause at a time. Right now, these restaurants, the people who own them and, even more, the people who work for them, need us. And we need them. Downtown’s restaurants show us who we are.

Read the rest of his editorial here.

The photo above was taken at East Village Pizza on 1st Avenue near 9th street. It was one of the few places open during the blackout that I saw in East Village.

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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
Emergency lighting in Chelsea

Emergency lighting in Chelsea

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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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