Monday, October 29, 2012

Brooklyn in the Midst of Hurricane Sandy

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 11:02 AM


As Hurricane Sandy's winds and rains finally reach Brooklyn, State Senate hopeful Andrew Gounardes posted on Facebook a photograph of flooding in Gerritsen Beach. But mostly my Facebook feed has been full of photos of Red Hook; the terminus of Van Brunt Street (above) and the Beard Street piers are already underwater. The Times' homepage this morning featured two photographs of Red Hook. [photo]



Virginia K. Smith reports the Park Slope Food Co-op and other supermarkets were ransacked yesterday. The Brooklyn Heights blog reports the same about the local Key Food. My local Associated was all out of the good lentil soup by yesterday morning. [photo]


About 150,000 Brooklynites live in Zone A areas, which the mayor ordered evacuated, but some of them—including an activist and community board chairperson—are refusing to take Bloomberg's order seriously. "“I would have to see 10 feet of water coming down my block to think of leaving," one Bright Beach resident told The Brooklyn Paper. (Though of course at that point you couldn't leave, and emergency workers would have to risk their lives to rescue you.) If you need information on evacuation centers, Sheepshead Bites has the basics. [photo]


In Sheepshead Bay, blogger Ned Berke worries overflowing garbage cans could become deadly—that gale force winds will toss around loose debris. "The city is emphatically reminding us to tie down objects in our yards," he writes. "Anyone else see a problem here?" [photo]


"I'm too lazy to tie down my porch furniture," one city council staffer joked on Facebook, "so I'm just going to write my name and address on it."

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Henry Stewart is the Culture Editor at The L Magazine and Brooklyn Magazine. He has always lived in Brooklyn.

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