For five weeks, I followed the people of Goodall St., a neighborhood in Crescent Beach, Staten Island. When Super Storm Sandy hit, a fourteen-foot surged flooded the lowlands of Staten Island. On Goodall Street, houses floated off their foundations, boats drifted onto lawns, and remnants of a life before Sandy littered the blue-collar neighborhood. This series of photos are portraits of the residents and the landscapes of their neighborhood.
“The most humblimg experience of my life,” said “Mayor” Mike Brenick, describing the aftermath of Sandy.
Laine Kerner and her fiance were stranded on their roof huddled under a blue tarp for five hours during Sandy. Rising waters collapsed the roof and flattened the house.
Albert Liguora has lived in his two-story sunburst yellow home since 1969. When Sandy hit, Liguora and his wife had to be rescued by a neighbor rowing by in an inflatable raft.
Victor Lorenzo was crouched in his second floor with his wife and two children –10 and 14– when water from the surge flooded their first floor.
The waterfront fishing community is an important part of the Crescent Beach identity. Sandy destroyed the nearby docks, displacing boats onto lawns, streets, and houses.