This post was written by Marybeth Kavanagh, Print Room Reference Librarian
Almost a year after Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, waterfront communities are still feeling the impact. To commemorate the one year anniversary of Sandy, a set of photographs documenting the effects of the storm in Rockaway Park, Queens was given to the New-York Historical Society by the photographer, Michael Schor.
Schor, a self-taught landscape photographer and Rockaway native, rode out the storm in his beachfront apartment. He captured these images in the immediate aftermath. The photographs depict the surreal experience of waking up to a once-familiar landscape that has been dramatically transformed overnight. Rockaway residents in the photographs survey their neighborhood, trying to take in the enormity of what has happened. The titles and captions provided by the photographer convey an awareness that for many, time is now marked as “before” and “after” Sandy.
Silent Walk. Photograph by Michael Schor, 10/30/2012. PR 20
“A mother and child walk down Beach 119th Street to survey the damage.”
Rockaway on Fire. Photograph by Michael Schor, 10/30/2012. PR 20
“A fire burns down local stores at Rockaway Beach Boulevard near Beach 116th Street.”
Before and After. Photograph by Michael Schor, 10/2012. PR 20
” The Harbor Lights Pub, a mainstay of Rockaway Park, burned to the ground on Oct. 29. “
The Morning After. Photograph by Michael Schor, 10/30/2012. PR 20
“Rockaway residents stare at the remains of their boardwalk the day after Sandy.”
The Boardwalk After. Photograph by Michael Schor, 10/30/2012. PR 20
“The boardwalk was pulled from it’s concrete pilings and hurled into nearby buildings.”