After Hurricane Sandy | Belle Harbor

The charred remains of a Fireman’s home on Beach 130th St in Belle Harbor, Queens. A blaze erupted during the storm surge that accompanied Hurricane Sandy. The wind spread the fire from house to house destroying everything, leaving nothing but ash.

Two New York City Department of Environmental Protection Field Operation employees scale the charged remains of Desmond Smith’s home. The two men redirect and fractured water-pipe onto a smoldering hot spot in the rubble.

A New York City firefighter finds a destroyed baseball card in the ruins of a home on Beach 130th St in Belle Harbor, Queens. The fires blazed intensely for many hours, burning up most of the family’s possessions, the water destroyed the rest.

The charred remains of homes on Beach 130th St in Belle Harbor, Queens. A blaze erupted during the storm surge that accompanied Hurricane Sandy. The wind spread the fire from house to house destroying everything, leaving nothing but ash.

Cousins Tommy and Eddie Morgan watch as a helicopter passes over the charred remains of their best friend’s home. Both Tommy and Eddie were born and raised in Belle Harbor.

Friends Chris Ray, Tommy, and Eddie Morgan take a moment after viewing the charred remains of their best friend’s home. In the background, a house on the fire-line has had the vinyl siding melted by the fire and battered by the wind.

The charred and flooded ruins of a home on Beach 130th St in Belle Harbor, Queens. A blaze erupted during the storm surge that accompanied Hurricane Sandy. The wind spread the fire from house to house leaving little standing.

A discarded scuba mask in the gutter on Newport Avenue. The mask floats in water that is being pumped out of flooded homes. Belle Harbor was hit with a 7 foot storm surge during Hurricane Sandy.

The charred carcasses of two cars in a garage on Beach 130th St in Belle Harbor, Queens. A blaze erupted during the storm surge that accompanied Hurricane Sandy. The wind spread the fire from house to house leaving little standing.

Desmond Smith gazes at the remains of his destroyed home on Beach 130th St in Belle Harbor, Queens. Desmond lived in this home for over 30 years. A blaze erupted during the storm surge that accompanied Hurricane Sandy. The wind spread the fire from house to house leaving little standing.

Desmond Smith looks at his decimated house on Beach 130th St in Belle Harbor, Queens. Desmond lived in this home for over 30 years. A blaze erupted during the storm surge that accompanied Hurricane Sandy. The wind spread the fire from house to house leaving little standing.

A white picket fence lies broken and shattered in the front yard of Desmond Smith’s home.

The charred and flooded ruins of homes and automobiles on Beach 130th St in Belle Harbor, Queens. A blaze erupted during the storm surge that accompanied Hurricane Sandy. The wind spread the fire from house to house leaving little standing.

Phil Peacock, son of Desmond Smith, peers into the still flooded basement of his father’s home. A blaze erupted during the storm surge that accompanied Hurricane Sandy. The wind spread the fire from house to house leaving little standing.

Desmond Smith pokes through the ruins of his home searching for anything that can be salvaged. Almost everything has been destroyed except a few charred photographs. A blaze erupted during the storm surge that accompanied Hurricane Sandy. The wind spread the fire from house to house leaving little standing.

A charred photograph recovered from the rubble of Desmond Smith’s home. A blaze erupted during the storm surge that accompanied Hurricane Sandy. The wind spread the fire from house to house leaving little standing.

Desmond Smith, takes a moment. In the background is 130th Beach St which burned to the ground all the way to Newport Avenye. A blaze erupted during the storm surge that accompanied Hurricane Sandy. The wind spread the fire from house to house leaving little standing.

Too much to bare, Desmond Smith turns always from the ruins of his home, on Beach 130th St, which was destroyed by fire during Hurricane Sandy.

Stacks of family photos, which have charred and melted together, and a birth announcement for Desmond Smith’s grandson, are the sole remaining possessions from a fire that blazed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Desmond Smith gathers a stack of charred and melted photographs, one of the few things that were recovered from his home, that was completely destroyed by fire and water after Hurricane Sandy.

The battered and burned canopy of the Harbor Light Pub. One local residents called the pub “…the Cheers of Belle Harbor.” The restaurant was completely destroyed by fire and water during Hurricane Sandy.

Dying grass covered in sand, in the front yard of a home in Belle Harbor Queens. During Hurricane Sandy the storm surge brought feet of sand and debris blocks inland. The grass is dying from the saltwater.

Michael McDonnell, 51 years old a fisherman and surfer, stands in front of his childhood home which was reduced to ash during Hurricane Sandy. He holds makeshift rope that he used to save the lives of six people during the storm-surge. He lived next door at 250 beach 130th St, which also burned to the ground.

Michael McDonnell, 51 years old a fisherman and surfer, stands in front of his home which burned to the ground during Hurricane Sandy 

A picture of Belle Harbor, Queens lies discarded in front of a flooded home. The water line is visible on the glass. Belle Harbor was one of the worst hit areas in New York City, suffering from flooding and fire, during hurricane Sandy.

A beachfront home which was gutted by hurricane Sandy, and has collapsed, in Belle Harbor, Queens. The hurricane caused massive damage to oceanfront property. Practically every home on the water was completely devastated.

An ‘End’ sign lies buried in the sand on the beach in Belle Harbor, Queens. The violence of the water and the wind during the storm ripped up the concrete and beach barriers. In the background, a house has been devastated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/manie.nevendumont Manie Neven du Mont

    shocking,stunning incredible photo,s making a distant tragedy close to home !

  • Ron Henry

    Some of these photos convey the feelings of the disaster Really good work