Breezy Point, Queens. November 13th, 2012.

I finally made it out to Breezy Point on Tuesday, which was 15 days after hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast. Although I had seen many photos of the area where over 100 homes burned down from downed power lines and gas leaks, I was unable to grasp the massive devastation until I was standing amidst the ashes and charred metal, and breathing in the air that smelled strongly of burned materials. One can only describe the scene as post-apocalyptic, with blocks of homes now in shambles, and only a few chimneys still standing amongst the rubble:

As I was taking photos of the homes that burned down in Breezy Point, a lady approached me and we started chatting. She ended up telling me that if I walked just down the beach from that area, I would come across multiple homes that were also destroyed during the hurricane. She said that the media has been so focused on the homes that burned down, that many people don’t realize how much destruction there also was in the rest of Breezy Point. I decided to head down that way, and was amazed at what I saw.
Other than the homes that had burned down, this was the most devastation I have seen yet. Many homes had completely collapsed. Others were pushed off of their foundations and shoved up against other homes. I have seen some of this in other areas, but not on as large of a scale as this:

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45 replies on “Breezy Point in Ruins

  1. Since the storm and devastation I’ve done nothing but think, worry and hope for those affected, including the pets and animals. Thanksgiving just won’t be the same for me knowing what it’s like down there…..what people are forced to endure. I have so much in comparison…..

    1. I’m going to encourage folks to turn off their lights and eat Thanksgiving dinner by candlelight in solidarity with the thousands who are still without power. Although it won’t truly help you know what it’s like for people here, but perhaps that’s something you could do in order to feel connected to those here who are still suffering after Hurricane Sandy.

    1. For me the wagon tells a great story. Ever since I can remember Radio Flyers were a part of breezy. Almost all of the homeowners had them, they would use them to wheel their stuff down to the beach often with small children piled on top of beach towels and next to coolers. Very powerful shot.

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