Today marks the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the category 1 storm that walloped New York City on October 29, 2012, transforming sections of the most advanced metropolis on the planet into a semi-third world country and causing lots of headaches. There were blackouts, gas shortages, ruined homes, shuttered schools, garbage pile-ups, otherwordly sand mounds, flooded tunnels, public housing without heat, buckled cranes, bike share delays, no FEMA, and digital hugs from the Red Cross. Even a space shuttle got fucked up. Mayor Bloomberg did too.
The weather event also provided countless opportunities for photographers to stage fashion shoots and shoot ruin porn that rivaled Detroit and other decimated urban centers. Other creative types made street art and painted murals.
Two years later, officials claim the city is more prepared than ever to handle another natural disaster of this magnitude, but that’s probably not true. While there are great concepts being designed to protect Manhattan, the rest of us are totally fucked.
(Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)