2003-08-22 / Community

Rockaway Scenes From The Blackout Of 2003

Rockaway Scenes From The Blackout Of 2003


Packed at the pumps. The Mobil gas station on Beach 112 Street was packed with people filling up their cars.Packed at the pumps. The Mobil gas station on Beach 112 Street was packed with people filling up their cars.

Rockaway appears to have endured the Blackout of 2003 just as well as the rest of the city.

"We have a lot to be proud of," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said this week with regard to New Yorker’s resilience during the blackout.

Wave reporters went out to observe the community’s response, last Thursday, and noted much of the same activity that was found throughout the rest of the city: police directing traffic, firefighters prying open stuck elevators, long lines at bus stops. The 100 and 101 Police Precincts reported only one incident that could have turned into looting if they hadn’t responded so quickly.

The local hospitals said they were much better prepared in part because of the attacks on September 11, 2001.


Many people living in buildings found themselves climbing flights of stairs to their apartments. Here a man holds a candle to light the darkened stairwell in between floors with emergency lighting.Many people living in buildings found themselves climbing flights of stairs to their apartments. Here a man holds a candle to light the darkened stairwell in between floors with emergency lighting.

The gas stations along Beach Channel Drive between Beach 112 and 116 Street were mobbed on Friday with many motorists on running on empty, but that subsided by mid-weekend.

"What a contrast with the way we got through this emergency," Bloomberg said referring to the events of 1977.


Firefighters from Ladder 134 pry open an elevator with a woman stuck inside.Firefighters from Ladder 134 pry open an elevator with a woman stuck inside.

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