I made a decision to take my family back to California one day before our scheduled flight. It was one of the last flights before JFK was shut down. NYC has enough photographers to photograph the entire world, let alone one more storm, I thought. Family first, right? Right. Smart move. My Long Beach friends told me their kids are fine but lost their appetite and keep asking when are they going to go back home.
The pictures above were taken at 11AM on Sunday, Oct 28, 2012. As I was taking this snapshots of Long Beach broad walk at Shore Rd and Lincoln Blvd I could hear people on the phones talking to their relatives in an inviting voice: “come on over, we are not doin’ anythin’”, making plans for dinner at local joints. Surfers were overjoyed. Kids having fun on the beach. Photo enthusiasts all over taking shots of the landscape before the storm and the surfers having a blast on waves.
“It was really, really bad. I am so glad you guys left. It is better not to have to go through experience like this. We are safe now.” - text message Oct, 30, 2012 12:45PM PST
Life in Long Beach, NY as of today, Nov 1, 2012, as told over the phone with local resident: Long Beach is totally cut off. No power, no water, no sewage, no gas. It’s very cold. National Guard, and police patrolling the streets. Looting, violence. Strict curfew between 7PM-6AM.