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Surveying Sandy's Damage in Red Hook, Dumbo, and Gowanus

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Welcome back to Camera Obscura, Curbed's series of photo essays by photographer Nathan Kensinger. We interrupt our regularly scheduled Camera Obscura programming to bring this look at a post-hurricane Red Hook, Dumbo, and Gowanus.


[Broken traffic signals lined 3rd Avenue underneath the BQE in Brooklyn. All photos by Nathan Kensinger.]

The damage from Hurricane Sandy was highly visible along Brooklyn's waterfront today. Neighborhoods like Red Hook, Dumbo and Gowanus remained partially flooded and covered in debris.  In Red Hook, the storm damage was very heavy.  Many businesses along the waterfront, including Steve's Key Lime Pie and Pier Glass, had their doors forced in by the storm and suffered serious flood damage. In each neighborhood, destroyed cars, fallen trees, washed up boats, and flooded or burnt out buildings were visible along the streets. 

The Gowanus Canal, swollen with rain, had nearly reached the bottom of the 9th Street Bridge.

Neighbors cleared debris from the flood's high water mark on Bond Street.

The end of 2nd Street remained flooded with water from the Gowanus Canal.

In Red Hook, a wave of debris had washed over Bay Street.

Cars damaged by flooding lined the streets of Red Hook, Brooklyn.

A boat washed up onto Beard Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

The end of Van Brunt Street remained underwater.

The storm ripped metal doors off of warehouses along the Red Hook waterfront, damaging many businesses.

Boats seeking shelter in the Erie Basin were surrounded by debris.

The Lehigh Valley barge museum remained afloat, surrounded by timber washed ashore in the Pier 44 Waterfront Garden.

The streets of Red Hook were slick with oil, creating dangerous conditions for bikers and cars.

Flood waters washed this car into the middle of Adams Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

The end of Main Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn remained flooded. At the storms peak, the ocean water's were at least three feet high in this location.

?Nathan Kensinger
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