These images show the immediate damage caused on the Upper West Side of Manhattan following SANDY. I heard bangs against my living room window on the fourth floor of a Brownstone walkup at West 101st Street and Riverside Drive all night long so knew that there were trees and branches and objects getting thrown around in the air. At around 1:30pm on Tuesday, October 30th I ventured outside to see a tree in the middle of my street, branches everywhere, car windows smashed, bus signs lying on the ground, metal garbage bins turned over, store windows shattered, building awnings pulled off their buildings, and huge trees in the middle of the paths that became makeshift playgrounds for neighborhood kids. And this is the best of the best - we have electricity and phone service and some of the local west side markets were open and operating. Yet it felt very eerie to walk around the blocks near my home and see that trees lying everywhere were "the norm". Some of the missing trees actually added an unusual beauty to the skyline of Riverside Park. Under any other circumstances there would be reporters and media swarming the area. But considering the devastation wrought downtown in NYC, nobody was documenting it at all. So I took out my camera and captured this corner of the aftermath. . - Jodi Kaplan
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