When Hurricane Sandy blew into the east coast of the United States, nobody in New Jersey or New York coastal regions quite expected the ensuing storm surge and wreckage. The Jersey shore, the coast of Long Island, barrier islands, Staten Island and Manhattan were battered and flooded; lives were lost both here and in the Caribbean. Electricity is still in the process of being restored in some places but areas such as the Rockaways, Staten Island and downtown Manhattan are still working doggedly to clear out the absolute devastation. Thousands have been left homeless as the days get colder with the impending winter months. The region is experiencing the goodwill of tens of thousands of people and organizations donating food, water, cleaning supplies and themselves to help the restoration effort.
Without ignoring the very real human tragedy, The Garage Blog is about the cult of the automobile. As can be expected, cars of all kinds were included in the wreckage; necessary daily drivers, vans, police cars, FDNY trucks, luxury vehicles, and classics. Mother Nature is an equal opportunity destroyer and there were some heartbreakers. Sitting on a bus to the Rockaways in Howard Beach traffic the weekend after the storm hit, I saw no less than three flooded late 60’s Mustangs, what looked like a ‘40 Studebaker from behind, a ‘72 Stingray, and on an on. So, without further ado, on to the carnage. <– Yes, I did.
Locations: Astoria, Queens (downed trees, gas lines), East Side Manhattan , and the Rockaways.