Sandy’s Aftermath Coney Island’s Hurricane Sandy Nightmare (PHOTOS)
New York’s storied enclave was hit hard by the powerful storm. See residents survey badly damaged homes and mud-clogged roads, clean up once-flooded businesses, collect much-needed water—and try to restore normalcy.
Photographs by Alice Proujansky
Sandy pummeled New York's iconic seaside neighborhood, home to the historic Cyclone wooden roller coaster, the New York Aquarium and Nathan's Famous. But actual people live here, too, and many of their homes and businesses were destroyed in the hurricane. With power still out and looters on the prowl, Coney Islanders are bracing for more days and nights of danger and uncertainty—while trying to pick up the pieces of their lives.
Furniture from the Timbuktu Barbershop on Mermaid Avenue, destroyed during Hurricane Sandy.
Preston Wright, a barber at theTimbuktu Barbershop, surveys the damage in his workplace, which was flooded during Sandy.
Devastation on Coney Island following Hurricane Sandy.
Bessie Mercado, a Coney Island resident for 40 years, cleans Mermaid Discount Liquors with Brittany Talvy following Hurricane Sandy.
Ron Troyano Jr. stands in the storeroom of his store, Mermaid Discount Liquor, which was broken into and robbed following Hurricane Sandy. The thieves stole liquor and escaped by climbing up a ladder to the roof.
Harry Owens has been trying to get his grandparents to evacuate their homes, which have no electricity. Here he stands in front of a wall that was destroyed in the storm.
A picnic table thrown against a lightpole by Hurricane Sandy.
A Coney Island resident carries water from a fire hydrant to his home, which doesn't have running water in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
The mud covered roads of Sea Gate.
Anthony Feliciano cleans up his boss's neighbor's house on Sea Gate's sand-covered streets.
A crumbling home in Sea Gate.
Kevin Voorhees, whose wife is four months pregnant, lost half his Coney Island home in the storm.