Sandy destruction in Hoboken, New Jersey

As we explored the city of Hoboken today – we discovered many more scenes of destruction and desperation – along with recovery and good community spirit as the city rebuilds after Hurricane Sandy.

Below is a gallery of photos taken between 10am and 3pm today. See commentary that accompanies the slide show below…

Hoboken in recovery mode after Hurricane Sandy

Descriptions for the photos in the above gallery:

  • Photo 1: Lots of activity at Hoboken City Hall, including a rare spotting of a tiny Red Cross trailer.
  • Photo 2: The clock at City Hall stopped when power went out – approximated 9:05pm on Monday, October 29, 2012. Back to the Future?
  • Photos 3, 4: Many damaged cars along 4th St. Insurance agents will be busy for months!
  • Photo 5: Free gasoline handed out downtown. 5 gallon max, and the line was HUGE!
  • Photos 6, 7, 8: Supplies being organized downtown – and people who need them.
  • Photos 9, 10, 11, 12: Uptown had a farmers market – and PSE&G staged vehicles nearby.
  • Photos 13, 14: Chicken Galore got trashed bad.
  • Photos 15, 16: The Pilsener Haus & Biergarten also suffered bad damage. Crews of volunteers and employees starting the cleanup process.
  • Photos 17, 18, 19, 20, 21: Wow. Carpe Diem was crushed! Water reached half way up the bar, and complete recovery may not happen until Christmas or New Years.
  • Photo 22: Irony. Dangling sign at Clearview Cinemas that says “we are open.” Hoboken411 Mascot Oscar suggested this photo. No word on the damage or when they’ll reopen.
  • Photos 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31: Peachtree Hollow strip mall uptown was half way under water as well. Each business being rebuilt, including San Giuseppe, KoKo Fit Club, and Adventures in Learning Day Care centers. However, the owner is proud of the progress they’re making – and expects the entire operation to be open in less than 10 days. “Faster than any other destroyed business in Hoboken,” he proclaimed. The water line in the loading dock was 6 feet 3 inches above the sewer grate. Amazing.
  • Photos 32, 33, 34, 35: Scenes of flooded cars & blocked drains on our way south on Grand St.
  • Photos 36, 37, 38: Near Rosario’s Pizza. They had one of the most industrial generators we’ve seen so far. Looked like something from WWII.
  • Photo 39: Almost appropriate graffiti in Hoboken. Sums up how most residents feel.
  • Photo 40: Helmers’ is OPEN – bar only, and cash only.
  • Photo 41: The Shades neighborhood in Weehawken. That area was very badly damaged – and at water level essentially.
  • Photo 42: The Hess gas station.
  • Photo 43: You’ll be seeing a LOT of cars hauled away on flatbeds over the coming days and weeks.