Hurricane Sandy

Dee Bowers

color photograph of Shore Hotel sign damaged in Hurricane Sandy
Shore Hotel sign damaged from the Hurricane Sandy], 2012, 2014.010.7, MIchael Claro Hurricane Sandy Photographs, 2010.010; Brooklyn Public Library, Center for Brooklyn History.


This From the Vault post was originally written by Tess Colwell and published on November 7, 2018 by the Brooklyn Historical Society. To see the latest Photo of the Week entries, visit the Brooklynology blog home, or subscribe to our Center for Brooklyn History newsletter.

It’s been ten years since Hurricane Sandy, but it’s not soon forgotten. The storm began on October 29, 2012 and brought flooding, wind, and storm surges that devastated many communities throughout Brooklyn and New York City. The photo of the week depicts the Shore Hotel sign in Coney Island showing damage from Hurricane Sandy.

This photograph is by Michael Claro, a Brooklyn resident and photographer, who documented the after effects of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. The photographs were taken the day after the storm as he traveled along the Belt Parkway to Coney Island in Brooklyn. About the above photograph, Claro says, “Reaching Coney Island, I was happy to see the Parachute jump still standing as well as the iconic Wonder Wheel, however, the Shore hotel sign flapped in the wind like a cheap vinyl banner. Sad.”

The Michael Claro Hurricane Sandy photographs collection is comprised of eight digital photographs documenting the damage from Hurricane Sandy. A selection of Claro's photographs were displayed at BHS Dumbo's Waterfront exhibition in a section titled "Rising Waters," dedicated to Hurricane Sandy and sea level rise.

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