Three years ago today, Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Eastern Seaboard with a vengeance. Hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed, more than 100 people were killed, and tens of billions of dollars in damages accumulated in New York and New Jersey alone.
The storm began on October 19 in the Caribbean. Within six hours, it had developed into a tropical storm, and by October 24, the day it hit Jamaica, it had become a hurricane. Around 8 p.m. on October 29, Sandy hit Atlantic City, then New York City, with winds up to 80 miles per hour.
New York City’s coastal areas were some of the hardest hit. Brooklyn’s famous Coney Island was devastated, and the rapidly redeveloping Red Hook neighborhood was completely flooded. We returned to these two areas to see how much has changed since Sandy:
Surge waters pushed sand and mud half a mile from the beach up to Ocean Parkway Station. Image Source: John Huntington
Luna Park on Coney Island was preparing for Halloween celebrations when Sandy hit. Image Source: John Huntington
The entrance to Red Hook Winery was forced open by flood water pushing outdoor furniture against the door. Pressure built until the door finally broke open and allowed a four-foot wall of water to come rushing in. Image Source: Surviving Sandy
Red Hook Winery had just completed harvest season, storing barrels full of fermenting grapes. The water surge overturned them, spilling the grape juice before it had a chance to become wine. Image Source: Surviving Sandy
Flood waters filled 12th St., just in front of Coney Island's famous Circus Sideshow. Image Source: John Huntington
The Shore Theater, which opened in 1925 as a vaudeville and movie house, was named a historic landmark in 2010. Just two years later, it was battered by the storm. Image Source: John Huntington
Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs, home of the 4th of July hot dog eating competition, sat deserted amid the devastation. Image Source: John Huntington
Tom's, a diner that has been around since 1936, had water and sand pushing against its doors. Image Source: John Huntington
Mark Snyder, owner of Red Hook Winery, stands among his fallen barrels in Sandy's aftermath. Image Source: Surviving Sandy
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All “now” images were taken by Nickolaus Hines.