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    Posted October 28, 2013 by
    Coney Island, New York
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    The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Coney Island

    One year ago, Hurricane Sandy devastated my neighborhood of Coney Island. Six to eight feet of flood water from the Atlantic Ocean, Gravesend Bay, and Coney Island Creek rushed through the streets. When the water was only six inches deep, the power went out plunging the neighborhood into inky darkness.

    People standing on their cars were rescued by NYPD in rowboats. Explosions from the salty water swirling around abandoned cars and electronic transformers pierced through the darkness. In the days and weeks after, I walked the streets of my neighborhood documenting the destruction: everything from the devastated game arcades that just a few weeks earlier were filled with people playing skee-ball to the sign of the historic vaudeville Shore Theater (where the Marx Brothers once performed) hanging precariously off the building.

    Lastly, there is the video I took from my balcony when the storm surge came ashore and chaos erupted. (Everyone in the video was rescued by the NYPD in rowboats.) Moments after I took the video, the power went out and remained out for two weeks. It was a long--and cold!--two weeks.
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