Photo of the Week: Documenting Hurricane Sandy

Photographs posted by @chiung, @cristinagarza, @ginjula, @jacobnadal, @julietheph, and @leahloscut, 2012; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Photographs posted by @chiung, @cristinagarza, @ginjula, @jacobnadal, @julietheph, and @leahloscut, 2012; Brooklyn Historical Society.

The sobering statistics state that Hurricane Sandy was the worst tropical storm of the 2012 season, that the estimated $65 billion in damages is second only to Hurricane Katrina, and that it was a Category 2 storm down from a Category 3 by the time it arrived on our shores.  While it arrived in New York City around October 30, it actually started on October 22 and affected 7 countries and 24 states on the east coast.  As an institution dedicated to preserving our history, Brooklyn Historical Society began collecting documentation of this storm as early as the next day.  You can see the beginnings of those efforts online, at our Storify page and on our blog.

As the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, Brooklyn Historical Society is organizing “Documenting Sandy,” an exhibit of images that chronicle the aftermath of this devastating storm in and around Brooklyn. This week we renew our invitation to Brooklynites and others to contribute your photographs of Sandy and its aftermath taken in and around Brooklyn as we select images for the exhibit.  For more information, see the complete call for submissions.

Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our new website here.  To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Fri, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

About Julie May

I am the Head of Collection Management at Brooklyn Historical Society.
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