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Hurricane Sandy Photos from the West Side in Lower Manhattan


H and B Digital:
I understand that many out there may not want to see any further Hurricane Sandy stories, but given that many of us in the City and the surrounding areas are still without power, public transport and other amenities, and that the damage was quite extensive even in Lower Manhattan, I have posted some photos below taken during the storm and in its aftermath on the West Side of Lower Manhattan.  I've included several photos here, and others can be seen at our blog at or at

The damage in the West Village and the West Side in no way compares with that seen elsewhere in the City, such as in Breezy Point, and our thoughts are with people in those areas.

Thank you for looking.

--Dan at

The Storm:

Early in the storm (at approx. 5:30 p.m.), the Hudson begins to breach the paths of Hudson River Park.  Quite a few people were walking along the path only minutes before this shot was taken.  By 8 p.m., the water was well above the railing.  Canon 7D, Canon 24-70 f/2.8L, 1/60 sec at f/3.5, ISO 640.

The high water had already moved some objects around, including this trash can. Pier 45 at Christopher Street was completely submerged only 3 hours later.  Canon 7D, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 1/100 sec at f/5.0, ISO 1000.

The new World Trade Center building rises above lower Manhattan as someone walks along the Hudson River Park sidewalk.  Two hours later the water was well above the railing.  Canon 7D, Canon 24-70 f/2.8L, 1/40 sec at f/3.5, ISO 2500.

The flooding reaches the corner of Jane and Washington Streets at 7:00 p.m., when we still had power. Note the lights on in the car at the far end of the street--this apparently happens as cars get flooded. At one point I saw a car floating by...  Canon S95, 1/10 sec. at f/2.0, ISO 1600.

The typically bustling until-all-hours Meatpacking District without power at 10 p.m. Emergency lighting lights a few hallways and exit signs; north of 25th Street was apparently unaffected.  Canon 7D and Canon 17-35mm 2.8L, 1.6 sec. at f/6.3, ISO 800, EV -2. — at Meatpacking District.

The Aftermath:

Two SUV's submerged in a flooded garage in the West Village; several other cars were stuck inside.  The entrance to the garage is approximately 200 yards from the Hudson, but water came in from both the West Side Highway (West Street) and from the garage entrance.  Canon 7D with Canon 17-35mm f/2.8L, 1/40 sec. at f/6.3, ISO 800.

The building on 8th Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets whose facade collapsed.  While striking, it's quite amazing that there was not further similar damage in the area.  This area remains without power, as does much of Lower Manhattan.  Canon 7D with Canon 17-35mm f/2.8L, 1/320 sec. at f/7.1, ISO 500.

A building on West Street that had a sliding door collapse under the pressure of the rising waters; the high water mark can be seen on the glass door and the building.  According to the next photo, the building had been ordered vacated  the day after the storm.  Canon 7D with Canon 17-35mm f/2.8L, 1/100 sec. at f/4.0, ISO 400.

An abandoned and flooded BMW rests on the northbound curb on West Street.  Canon 7D with Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 1/13 sec. at f/3.5, ISO 400.

Again, more photos from Sandy available at our blog at or at

Thanks again for looking.

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