Hurricane Sandy One Year Later

Oral History is a powerful way of preserving and sharing the uniquely personal perspectives of individuals and groups who are witness to history.  In the year since Hurricane Sandy hit this area, the Brooklyn Collection has recorded a number of these interviews, (some at the Central Branch of Brooklyn Public Library, others in the neighborhoods hardest hit), to archive and make available to the public for research.   Through these stories we get to hear how people in our neighborhoods met an incredible force of nature, and persevered with the help of family and friends, and the community.  Here are excerpts from five stories.  In the weeks and months to come there will be more added to our page.  If you would like to share your experience of Hurricane Sandy, you still can.  Contact us in the Brooklyn Collection at 718-230-2708.

Larry Licari, co-owner of Rocky Sullivan's in Red Hook


George Kornienko, co-owner of Rocky Sullivan's in Red Hook


Roseanne Fletcher, longtime resident of Coney Island - interviewed at the South Brooklyn Youth Consortium


Librarian and Coney Island resident Gennie Dyes


Sea Gate resident and Brooklyn Public Library Special Officer Patrick Susco

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The Brooklyn Collection would like to thank the following people and organizations for their assistance:  Phillipe Ungar, Kathleen Fowler from the Coney Island Branch, Sharon Palmer from the Kings Bay Branch, Sheryl Robertson from the South Brooklyn Youth Consortium, Project Hope-Red Hook, and Rose Crichton and JL Aronson of BRIC.