Life After Sandy: One Year Later

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Boardwalk at 92nd Street in Rockaway Park, Queens in October 2013. Boardwalk at 92nd Street in Rockaway Park, Queens in October 2013. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Early on Oct. 29, 2012,  tropical storm Sandy, churning through Atlantic Ocean waters in an easterly direction along America's Eastern Seaboard, hit a high pressure cold front and curved north-northeast.  It was a left turn that became a left hook, aimed straight at the ribs of New Jersey.  

Sandy's center made landfall at 7:30 p.m. at Brigantine, just north of Atlantic City. Its storm surge and 40 to 60 mile per hour winds delivered a uppercut to New York City, a lethal blow that was cloaked in darkness.

The combination of a huge tropical storm colliding with a massive cold front at high tide during a full moon meant  were in for something that no one alive had ever experienced in the NY area.    

New York City's  24/7 subway system —  656 miles of it — were shut down.  All three area airports were closed.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered mandatory evacuations of low lying and coastal areas. Millions of people lost power.  Our region hunkered down  and WNYC was on the air live watching and waiting with our listeners.     More than 100 people in New York, NJ and Ct lost their lives to the storm, mostly due to drowning. The material damages were massive. Sandy would become the second-costliest hurricane in US history after Katrina leaving assessed damages of almost 65 billion dollars. And as we’re learning, the emotional toll is still being tallied everyday by those still putting their lives back together.  

Listen as we follow up on where we stand twelve months after Sandy.  

One year of covering Sandy in photos:

Sandy burned down more than 100 homes in Breezy Point. In the days after residents continued to pick through the rubble for belongings. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)


(Stephen Nessen/WNYC)


The morning after Sandy in Coney Island. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Outside of the housing projects in Far Rockaway residents charge cell phones while the power is still out. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The morning after Sandy residents in ground floor apartments in Brighton Beach were inundated with water. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

In February the boardwalk at Beach 116th Street in Rockaway Park remains warped, yet residents continue to walk on it to get to the beach. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)


In January residents in Rockaway Beach still had no power and ran an extension cord from a neighbors home for power. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)


On Rockaway Beach Boulevard 17 buildings burned down during Sandy. In February most of the debris from the fire has been removed. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)


Construction on comfort stations at Beach 116th Street in April, 2013 in Rockaways Park, Queens. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)


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Comments [3]

Nathan Eickmann from Castle Rock, CO

Excellent description for one who lived in Queens for over fifteen years. Congratulations to Karen Frillmann who I was privileged to have as a student!

Oct. 30 2013 10:01 AM
a cook from New York

I work of a Catering Company ... while Sandy was approaching the City, we were asked to continue working.
A client on Fifth Avenue, even with a State of Emergency declared, wanted to have a festive 7PM, when she realized that no guests would have arrived , she eventually decided to postpone her gathering...we could finally run home...some of my colleagues live in NJ or Long Island...nobody got hurt ..however, we all felt very vulnerable...I still cannot understand people inconsiderate actions ....

Oct. 29 2013 03:19 PM

you can rest assured that if we were monied people, things would have been taken care of. I could cry!

Oct. 29 2013 12:47 PM

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