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We are here: Superstorm Sandy and her aftermath on Staten Island

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On the evening of October 29, 2012, a storm of historic proportions was forecast to hit the New York area. Evacuations were ordered in the city’s Zone A and people everywhere began to make preparations for what was expected to be just another bad storm. That afternoon, as the winds increased, the rain began to fall and the high tide came in, the residents of Staten Island began to realize that the warnings from the government and news forecasters, for once, were going to become the reality. Over the course of the night the wind-driven water began to creep into low marshlands and residential areas. At the height of the storm, it is reported that a fourteen foot tall ‘wall of water’ came rushing over these areas, bringing destruction and havoc to the entirety of Staten Island’s East and South Shores. Additionally, the hurricane force winds brought down many trees, causing power outages across the entire island.

For those in Zone A, encompassing South Beach, Midland Beach, and lowlands from Oakwood Beach to Tottenville, the devastation was immediate. It was not until the morning light when the full impact of the storm was realized by everyone on the island and across the region. National media descended to cover what is now being called the worst natural disaster to hit the northeast. News of the houses, buildings and lives lost became the focus of the national coverage. Over the following week, power was slowly restored and volunteers from around the nation came to assist in clean-up and recovery efforts in response to the media coverage.

This online gallery has been created to commemorate the historic event of Superstorm Sandy and the aftermath on Staten Island, as seen through eyes and camera lenses of those whose communities were ravaged by the water and winds on the night of October 29, 2012. Thirty-seven images from thirteen artists are presented here to illustrate the onslaught of the storm and the resulting losses.

Exhibition Curator: Seth Wollney, Program Associate - Staten Island Museum

Title Image: Study SI 48 by Amer Kobaslija. Copyright - 2012                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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