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Security cameras capture other-worldly Sandy destruction in real-time
11.16.2012
06:52 am

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flooding
 
While we frequently complain about the security culture in NYC, the closed circuit television cameras often capture some astonishing footage. The video below was taken by Port Authority cameras at Hoboken and Exchange Place. Even having read about it, it’s difficult to fathom the destruction of the storm without video, and when one considers the vast underground transit systems that flooded, the recovery time of the MTA is all the more impressive.
 

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Mayor Bloomberg attempts photo-op; is shouted down

Bloomberg
Bloomberg doing his best approximation of a Christian rock album cover, and half as sincere
 
New Yorkers are pissed off with local response to Sandy. Trains in poorer neighborhoods have been lower priority for restoration. Bloomberg defended going through with the New York Marathon while they were still fishing bodies off of Staten Island. When public sentiment finally forced his hand, he was demonstrably begrudging, perceiving the cancellation as a huge concession on his part.

Afterwards, it took forever to bring the (highly portable) marathon resources from the race points to those in need. There’s a gas shortage further immobilizing the city. People are still waiting in long lines for shelter and food, and necessities, and many areas are still woefully under-serviced. And now there’s been a nasty cold snap.

It only makes sense that Bloomberg make an appearance for a photo-op. Fortunately, the awesomely bitter New York spirit takes no truck with his unctuous performance. Notice how he just walks away from his constituency and instead drops a sound bite on the cameras.
 

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Powerful video of Hurricane Sandy hitting downtown New York


 
Artist Matthew Kraus shot this footage of Hurricane Sandy raging through New York City’s Lower East Side on October 29 and 30th.

You get a real sense of just how powerful the storm was and how much it impacted on the LES in this video. Intense.
 

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Staten Island in ruins: Photos by Giles Clarke
11.03.2012
12:02 pm

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Staten Island


 
Photographer Giles Clarke has spent the past few days chronicling the crushing blow that Hurricane Sandy dealt Staten Island. Giles shared his thoughts with Dangerous Minds:

I have worked as a photographer in many places and situations all over the world. Being one of the first on the scene after a catastrophe is ALWAYS difficult but, as a photographer, I usually have to separate myself a bit and get the story. But I am also a social justice activist so getting ‘involved’ is also what I do. Therein sometimes lies a problem as there’s often a conflict with walking away (when I have ‘the shots’) and staying behind and supporting and helping. With ‘Sandy’ I am doing both- I am spending more time in less places to balance out the duties. What I saw in Staten Island a couple of days ago will never leave me. I was in areas that had seen no responders or emergency services and local residents were going about the business of clearing up and dealing with the shock. I hope my pictures convey the terrible scale of the storm but also have a beauty that might signify the coming together of the human spirit in this very difficult time.”

There are many organizations and volunteer groups at the service of the folks who need help now. For more info go here.
 

 

 

How high the waters rose.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Waiting for dry ice.
 

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Sandy’s aftermath: Photos of downtown Manhattan by Jenna Pope
11.02.2012
08:19 pm

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Jenna Pope


 
Jenna Pope’s photographs capture some of the grim beauty, gravity and glimmerings of human kindness in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy’s assault on downtown New York City.

Pope gave Dangerous Minds some insights regarding her experience of documenting the storm’s devastation:

As a photojournalist, I feel as though I need to share my photos and experiences in order to help out those in NYC who are suffering during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The more people see the devastation and destruction here, the more people will want to help out. I have yet to make it out of Manhattan since the storm hit because transportation is difficult with subway lines down and gas running low. The other boroughs experienced more destruction, with houses being burned down during electrical fires and houses being swept away into the sea. But, even being in lower Manhattan where people dealt with flooded apartments and have been without electricity and water since the storm has been an eye-opening and emotional experience. Fire hydrants are opened and gushing water so those in the areas without water can fill up buckets to bring back to their apartments. Lines are long at the few locations that are offering food, water, and other assistance. The weather is getting cold, and without electricity there is no heat. And all of this is happening after these people went through a frightening hurricane just a few days ago.

If you’re in the Manhattan area and want to help out during these difficult times, Jenna suggests you check out this for instructions on where your energy can best be put to use.
 

Cop’s cherry top lights the night.
 

The red line marks the spot to where the flood waters had risen.
 

Clean water station.
 

 

 

 

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And now the thrilling aftermath of Sandy: Crane-Dangle 2012
11.01.2012
08:12 am

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Crane
If it has to fall on some one, let it fall on a global warming denier
 
You guys remember that giant crane dangling hundreds of feet above 57th Street in Manhattan? It’s one of the more well-known images of the damages that Sandy has inflicted (maybe because it happened to a rich person’s $1.5 billion building in Mid Town).

Well, Reuters, (which describes itself as “Hard-edged reporting, insight and analysis”) now has a live cam on the crane, so we can all gather ‘round in morbid anticipation, secretly hoping to see it fall. City crews have been able to put safety nets in place, just in case, though I don’t know if I’d want to trust my life to a net.

As the city reels from the destruction of Hurricane Sandy, many lives lost and more counting, maybe all of us New Yorkers can start placing bets on the fate of the crane. Many of us are more or less stuck in our own small areas (sometimes in unlivable conditions), so why not pass the time by betting with supplies and services? I for one will wager a loaf of bread and a box of waterproof matches that it plummets to its doom.

Edit: It appears they took the stupid thing down! We here at Dangerous Minds can’t prove it was our shaming that embarrassed Reuters, but I like to take credit for anything I can. Perhaps they thought better of it and decided to maybe report on the disaster that’s still happening?

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