2013-01-25 / Top Stories

“Hurricane Sandy: Before and After”

Gateway Presents

The National Park Service’s Gateway National Recreational Area is presenting a unique exhibition, “Hurricane Sandy: Before and After” at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. The showcase features one-of-a kind photographic works illustrating the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the park.

“Hurricane Sandy: Before And After” will open from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, January 27th at the Visitor Center, which is just off Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel.

The exhibition compares large scale satellite images from before the hurricane and photos taken afterward by NPS employees so that viewers can see the storm’s far reaching effects for themselves.

“While these pictures demonstrate (the) damage, the take-away message should not be one of doom and gloom, but rather one of resilience,” stated Superintendent Linda Canzanelli. “There is still a lot of work to do and some things have changed forever.

But the park is reopening, the natural areas will rebound and park visitors will be welcomed back.”

Post-storm photos were taken by NPS employees as part of NPS’ recovery efforts. The large format used, almost two by three feet, reveals the storm’s destruction in great detail. Some of the exhibitions most dramatic images are aerial views taken from helicopters used by the team to survey the park.

Just days after the storm, an NPS Incident Management Team began work in New York Harbor and on Long Island. More than 1,000 Federal workers from Alaska to Puerto Rico participated in the largest incident response in National Park history.

The exhibition will be on view for the next several months at the Visitor Center, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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