It’s kind of difficult to imagine Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast region of the United States six months ago. Only half a year ago, a massive hurricane slammed New York and I was here in the city when it happened. I put my boots on and took it to the streets.
It was nearing the end of October and I had just begun interning at the New York Daily News as a social media intern, working as a resident advisor and getting into the groove of things two months into the fall academic semester. As a reporter in my free time, I was actively following the storm updates as Sandy hit Haiti and grew in size moving up the East coast in the Atlantic.
Then it got serious. Reports from weather services across the globe began to call it the storm of the century, saying it’d bring massive damage to the region with a slew of hurricane weather, fierce winds and even a bit of a nor’easter.
Came October 29th of 2012, a Monday in Lower Manhattan, when the hurricane hit. The preparations in Lower Manhattan began as a record amount of areas were ordered to be evacuated. Sandbags and boarded up windows were seen everywhere with empty streets at every corner.
And as nightfall fell, a cruise was seen headed South on the Hudson river as the storm was heading up North towards the Northeast region of the United States. Reporters were out in Battery Park and gawkers were exploring the water’s edge with sand bags along sections of the Park at Manhattan’s lowest point.
The city hunkered down and braced for the worst of the storm, which was during the night’s darkest hours. The large and continuous storm surge had streets flooded. Sandy’s strong winds streamed down and throughout the area. And then the power went out.
A large majority of the city went dark.
The morning sky came and I then ventured back out, only this time in a dark Lower Manhattan. The city was waking up to downed trees, streets filled with debris and some leftover flooding.
Looking downtown, towards the South Street Seaport (Pier 17), on the East River. The Seaport will be closed all summer of 2013 for a huge rebuilding project.
Looking uptown, off the East River, missing boards left gaping holes on the wooden sidewalk.
And way down by the New York Daily News office building at the tip of Lower Manhattan was an interesting sight: an abandoned taxi. This taxi had thankfully no one in it, but lots of debris consisting of trash, tree branches, and what else.
Another day, I had grabbed a photo of Lower Manhattan all dark one afternoon from the Brooklyn Bridge.
I took a walk from City Hall to 42nd street (the length of SoPo (a new neighborhood called South of Power, as Midtown and uptown had regained their power systems in Manhattan) for Halloween night. In the photo below, you can see the outline of the buildings, and that they’re all dark.
The days dragged on, and the power slowly came back. The news cycle never died. Election day came and went. The weeks and months flew by and now here we are half a year later. There are some boroughs still struggling with damage after the storm and with funding for redevelopment and revitalization, such as parts of Staten Island, Breezy Point and more.
New York is well and back at it. The Northeast region made it through.
Here’s a photo to end this post on –
*All photos are mine.