Athena — the season's first major winter storm — is just beginning to hit New York City. This is bad news — the situation is still pretty rough for many residents. Hurricane Sandy really wreaked havoc in the city; here's a collection of the most astounding before and after comparisons.
Above you can see the Manhattan Bridge as seen from Brooklyn, New York. Photo: Google Earth, Bebeto Matthews/AP
Hoboken, NJ: A parking lot full of yellow cabs is flooded as a result of superstorm Sandy on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. The second photo shows the next day.
Lower Manhattan's fully lit skyline on January 6, 2012, and a darkened Lower Manhattan on October 29, 2012.
The Funtime Pier in Seaside Heights, NJ, on the Jersey Shore in August 10, 2010, and after superstorm Sandy on October 31, 2012.
Seaside Heights, NJ: before and after Sandy. Boardwalks were trashed, a roller coaster dumped into the ocean.
Staten Island, NY: Before and after.
Breezy Point section of Queens, NY: before and after.
Long Beach, NY: before and after.
Belmar, NJ: before and after.
Keyport, NJ: before and after.
Mantoloking, NJ in Google Earth. Below: October 31, 2012. Aerial photo taken from a helicopter shows storm damage from Superstorm Sandy.
The sailing ship HMS Bounty sails from Cleveland, OH, over Lake Erie (photo from July 7, 2010). Below: The sailboat submerged in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Sandy approximately 145km southeast of Hatteras, NC, Monday, October 29, 2012.
The Hugh L. Carey Tunnel (formerly known as the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel). Before Sandy and on October 30, 2012.
South Street in lower Manhattan before Sandy. Water and debris blocks a section of South Street in lower Manhattan, Tuesday, October 30, 2012, in New York.
Con Edison substation near the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, NY, before Sandy. Below: flooded streets around a Con Edison substation after the East River overflowed on Monday, October 29, 2012.
The World Trade Center site on September 7, 2011 in New York City. Sea water floods the Ground Zero construction site, Monday, October 29, 2012.
Ocean Drive, Avalon, New Jersey, before the storm. After: people stand in front of the house on October 30, 2012.
One New York Plaza, Manhattan, NY, captured by Google. Below: water floods the Plaza Shops in the wake of Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012.
The Carey Tunnel in the Financial District of New York: before and after.
Battery Park Underpass: before and after.
Image curation: Attila Nagy