2012-11-07 / Features

Hurricane Sandy: The Storm’s Aftermath

COMPILED BY JASON D. ANTOS


Sandy 1: Hurricane Sandy arrived in the metropolitan area around 5 p.m. on October 29. the waters of Little Neck Bay slam against the seawall at Totten Street near Utopia Parkway in Whitestone. 
Photos Jason D. Antos Sandy 1: Hurricane Sandy arrived in the metropolitan area around 5 p.m. on October 29. the waters of Little Neck Bay slam against the seawall at Totten Street near Utopia Parkway in Whitestone. Photos Jason D. Antos

Sandy 2: Storm enthusiasts pose for a photo opportunity along the seawall at Little Neck Bay. What began as a curiosity for area residents turned into a dangerous situation as winds escalated to 80 mph. Sandy 2: Storm enthusiasts pose for a photo opportunity along the seawall at Little Neck Bay. What began as a curiosity for area residents turned into a dangerous situation as winds escalated to 80 mph.

Sandy 3: The morning after: An enormous tree, more than half a century old, lies across the service road of the Cross Island Parkway in Whitestone. Scenes like this were only the beginning. Sandy 3: The morning after: An enormous tree, more than half a century old, lies across the service road of the Cross Island Parkway in Whitestone. Scenes like this were only the beginning.

Sandy 4: State Senator Michael Gianaris surveying damage caused by downed trees in Sunnyside. 
Photo Courtesy state SenatorMichael Gianaris Sandy 4: State Senator Michael Gianaris surveying damage caused by downed trees in Sunnyside. Photo Courtesy state SenatorMichael Gianaris

Sandy 5: The interior of one of many homes on the south shore of Queens and Greater Long Island that was demolished by the storm in Broad Channel. 
Photos Office of theQueens Borough President Sandy 5: The interior of one of many homes on the south shore of Queens and Greater Long Island that was demolished by the storm in Broad Channel. Photos Office of theQueens Borough President

Sandy 6: The high winds produced by Hurricane Sandy caused not only intense water and wind damage but fires as well. Electrical fires caused by fallen transformers have become one of the most destructive elements in the unfolding saga of Sandy’s aftermath. In Rockaway, Beach 115th to 116th Streets burned completely in a devastating blaze that destroyed more than 20 homes. Sandy 6: The high winds produced by Hurricane Sandy caused not only intense water and wind damage but fires as well. Electrical fires caused by fallen transformers have become one of the most destructive elements in the unfolding saga of Sandy’s aftermath. In Rockaway, Beach 115th to 116th Streets burned completely in a devastating blaze that destroyed more than 20 homes.

Sandy 7: Queens Borough President Helen Marshall visits Beach 130th Street and Newport Avenue where she surveyed fire damage with members of the FDNY. Sandy 7: Queens Borough President Helen Marshall visits Beach 130th Street and Newport Avenue where she surveyed fire damage with members of the FDNY.

Sandy 8: Part of the Rockaway Beach boardwalk was completely stripped due to Hurricane Sandy’s high winds. Sandy 8: Part of the Rockaway Beach boardwalk was completely stripped due to Hurricane Sandy’s high winds.

Sandy 9: Beach 94th Street was pummeled by Hurricane Sandy’s wrath which sent gigantic sections of the boardwalk into populated areas, decimating property and parked vehicles. Sandy 9: Beach 94th Street was pummeled by Hurricane Sandy’s wrath which sent gigantic sections of the boardwalk into populated areas, decimating property and parked vehicles.

Sandy 10: The devastation of the Rockaway Peninsula claimed many homes and businesses. The popular Harbor Lights Pub in total ruin at Beach 130th Street and Newport Avenue. Sandy 10: The devastation of the Rockaway Peninsula claimed many homes and businesses. The popular Harbor Lights Pub in total ruin at Beach 130th Street and Newport Avenue.

Sandy 11: This incredible before and after photograph shows the Rockaway boardwalk in June and how it appeared just five months later, the morning after the storm. Sandy 11: This incredible before and after photograph shows the Rockaway boardwalk in June and how it appeared just five months later, the morning after the storm.

Sandy 12: U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder tour Breezy Point, one of the most devastated areas in New York City. 
Photos Office of City Council SpeakerChristine Quinn Sandy 12: U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder tour Breezy Point, one of the most devastated areas in New York City. Photos Office of City Council SpeakerChristine Quinn

Sandy 13: In the late evening of October 29, fire broke out in Breezy Point. Eyewitnesses say that embers the size of softballs, caught up by Sandy’s pushing winds, flew to neighboring houses, which too caught fire and burned. A total of 111 homes were destroyed. Sandy 13: In the late evening of October 29, fire broke out in Breezy Point. Eyewitnesses say that embers the size of softballs, caught up by Sandy’s pushing winds, flew to neighboring houses, which too caught fire and burned. A total of 111 homes were destroyed.

Sandy 14: Among the fallout from the storm is the current gas shortage. The crisis has grounded many forms of transportation, necessitating a mandatory car pool of no less than three to a vehicle and has caused area gas stations to be totally devoid of gasoline or run on a limited supply which has caused gas lines of 100 or more cars stretching more than 20 blocks. People gathered in Manhasset (Nassau County) just before midnight on November 1 at this Hess station on Northern Boulevard approximately 1,000 feet from the Queens border with gas canisters. The gas will be used not only for vehicles but to power generators as well. The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has reported that more than 600,000 customers remain without power. 
Photos Jason D. Antos Sandy 14: Among the fallout from the storm is the current gas shortage. The crisis has grounded many forms of transportation, necessitating a mandatory car pool of no less than three to a vehicle and has caused area gas stations to be totally devoid of gasoline or run on a limited supply which has caused gas lines of 100 or more cars stretching more than 20 blocks. People gathered in Manhasset (Nassau County) just before midnight on November 1 at this Hess station on Northern Boulevard approximately 1,000 feet from the Queens border with gas canisters. The gas will be used not only for vehicles but to power generators as well. The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has reported that more than 600,000 customers remain without power. Photos Jason D. Antos

Sandy 15: From light into darkness. The physical border between Queens and Nassau Counties shows power on the city side to the left, while the right side, which is LIPA-supplied Long Island, is completely dark. Sandy 15: From light into darkness. The physical border between Queens and Nassau Counties shows power on the city side to the left, while the right side, which is LIPA-supplied Long Island, is completely dark.

Sandy 16: The gas shortage continued into the weekend with gas lines like this one on Northern Boulevard and 97th Street in Corona. An NYPD officer helps a citizen push his SUV that has run out of gas into the station. 
Photo state Senator Jose Peralta Sandy 16: The gas shortage continued into the weekend with gas lines like this one on Northern Boulevard and 97th Street in Corona. An NYPD officer helps a citizen push his SUV that has run out of gas into the station. Photo state Senator Jose Peralta


Sandy 17: Many area neighborhoods, like Forest Hills, were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. 
Photo Ken Kasman Sandy 17: Many area neighborhoods, like Forest Hills, were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Photo Ken Kasman

Sandy 19: Another downed tree devastated this home in Astoria Heights. 
Photo Carol Marino Sandy 19: Another downed tree devastated this home in Astoria Heights. Photo Carol Marino

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