Photograph by Timothy Briner

It's a Helluva Town

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    Photographer Timothy Briner set out to document the chaos visited upon several Brooklyn neighborhoods amidst the arrival and aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. By day, Briner made his way through the neighborhoods of East Flatbush, Brownsville, and Canarsie. During the evenings, he returned to document the fallout in his own Brooklyn neighborhood of Ditmas Park. Over several days, Briner captured images of destruction, tragedy and triumph during the most significant weather disaster New York City has ever seen. On October 30th, in the aftermath of Sandy, a large tree blocks a side street in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn.

    Photograph by Timothy Briner
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    In the days after the storm passed, private and government workers attempted to remove fallen trees from the streets and cars of Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.
    Photograph by Timothy Briner
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    In the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn, Dash and his brother were already safe indoors, but others like Sasha were fighting to get home through Sandy's wind and rain.

    Photograph by Timothy Briner
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    On the morning after Hurricane Sandy hit New York City, residents of Ditmas Park, Brooklyn came out of their homes to assess the damage and begin the cleanup process.
    Photograph by Timothy Briner
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    In the Ditmas Park section of Brooklyn, the winds from Sandy toppled mammoth 100-year old trees, damaging several homes and cars.
    Photograph by Timothy Briner
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    Shortly after 4pm on Monday Oct. 29th a large tree fell blocking a side street in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn.
    Photograph by Timothy Briner
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    As Hurricane Sandy closed in on New York City on Monday, October 29th, many people gathered on Jamaica Bay's Canarsie Piers in Brooklyn, battling the wind and rain to get a glimpse of the high waves created by Sandy.

    Photograph by Timothy Briner
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    As Sandy approached, residents in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn weathered the rain to purchase last-minute supplies.
    Photograph by Timothy Briner
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    In the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn, residents watched trees falling from outside their windows. In the wake of the storm, authorities taped off dangerous areas created by Sandy's winds.

    Photograph by Timothy Briner
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    In many areas of Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, the sidewalks are impassible due to uprooted and fallen trees.
    Photograph by Timothy Briner
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    On Monday Oct. 29th, a tree in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn is uprooted by Hurricane Sandy.
    Photograph by Timothy Briner