Tree on Car

Fort Greene, Brooklyn: Surprisingly little damage caused to the two cars on which this (very large) tree fell. The minivan in front has a dented roof but otherwise, no big deal.

Tree Up Close

Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn: Closeup of a freshly broken tree.

All Falls Down

Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn: This tall but spindly tree in Fort Greene Park was knocked over by the hurricane.

Poop Fruit

Fort Greene, Brooklyn: There are lots of ginkgo biloba trees in this part of Brooklyn, and they’re fruiting heavily this time of year. Ginkgo fruit smells mostly like dog poo, with a dash of vomit and maybe a few other bodily fluids. The hurricane knocked down tons of branches weighted heavy with fruit, so my neighborhood mostly smells like ginkgo.

Torn Out of the Ground

Prospect Heights, Brooklyn: The force of the storm yanked this huge tree–and its surrounding fence–right out of the ground.

Drinking Proceeds As Normal

Most businesses in Chelsea are closed, but the Old Homestead, running on generator power, continues to serve beer.

House Without A Face

A crowd mills in front of this building on Eighth Avenue that lost its facade to winds.

Tree Down

Another casualty of the storm.

Planters Overturned

In front of the Apple Store on 14th Street, the winds have had their way.

Doggy Bags

This pet shop used bags of dog food cat litter to sandbag against flooding. Resourceful!

Fence Enters Window

Morningside Heights, Manhattan: A roof fence went through a window on the Morningside Gardens buildings at Broadway and West 123rd.

Blocked Subways

Queens seemed mostly spared of hurricane damage. These construction barricades blocked New York’s non-functioning MTA subway system.

Crumbled Building Front

The facade of this ramshackle building in Queens, located just east of the 59th Street Bridge entrance, toppled onto a car below and crushed it.

Downed Trees In Manhattan

The New York Fire Department works to trim trees blocking roads in Midtown Manhattan. Some cars were crushed by fallen limbs and uprooted trunks.

Busted Construction Crane

Hurricane-force winds bent over backward a construction crane atop a luxury condo high-rise. Police cordoned off dozens of blocks around the site, near 57th Street and 7th Avenue, in case it fell.

Bent Signs

Hurricane Sandy bent street signs underneath FDR Drive in eastern Manhattan.

Log-Jammed Cars

Sandy’s storm surge piled up cars along lower Manhattan streets. Car owners in this photo are trying to sop up their cars’ soaked interiors.

Flooded VW Bug

This car with smashed windows near Avenue C in Manhattan was one of hundreds tossed around and flooded by an unprecedented storm surge.

Trashed Interior

Brackish water from Sandy’s storm surge piled sticks, foam, a cassette tape, and other trash into this car washed under FDR Drive in lower Manhattan.

FDR Shutdown

Police shut down FDR Drive, which snakes along the eastern edge of Manhattan, but allowed bicyclists, dogwalkers, and nosy photographers to stroll the highway.

Dangerous Drive

Another view of FDR Drive shows standing water and debris on the major New York City highway.

Missing: Coke Machine

A passerby sits on a Coca-Cola machine that floated down FDR Drive when hurricane Sandy flooded the highway on Monday evening.

Dirtied Waters

Hurricane Sandy surged the East River onto lower Manhattan, pushing untold debris into the water.

High Waters

Wet bricks show the height of hurricane Sandy’s storm surge at a Con Edison power service station.

No Power

Hurricane Sandy flooded a major power service station along Avenue C, leaving thousands of New Yorkers without electricity. A nearby police officer said critical electronics here are submerged in several feet of water.

Debris Deposit

A pile of storm surge debris sits in front of The Water Club, a restaurant on the East River in Manhattan.

Out Of Gas

Sandy’s storm surge on the East River plowed over and ripped apart gasoline pumps at this BP station in lower Manhattan.

Shattered Bus Stop

Hurricane Sandy ripped apart a bus stop in front of the United Nations, sprinkling broken glass and metal on the sidewalk.

Blocked Bus Stop

Another precarious bus stop, this one blocked by a downed tree.

Wily Traffic Light

Construction workers cup a traffic light that’s dangerously close to snapping off.

Sawing From Above

Workers with chainsaws worked tirelessly to break apart broken tree limbs.


Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge lofted this portable toilet into the middle of an intersection in lower Manhattan.

Flooded Basement

As soon as Sandy’s storm surge receded, workers began pumping out flooded apartment basements in lower Manhattan.

Toppled Tree

Fallen trees remained on cars well into the day after hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast. This one, just west of the United Nations, attracted tourist photo-ops.