Coming up on the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy and with recovery money just beginning to flow in, New Yorkers are trying to keep the storm's destruction in the forefront of our minds.
Despite predictions to the contrary, it's been all quiet on the ocean front this hurricane season, and the continental U.S. has had nary a named hurricane to deal with. None appear to be developing right now, either, as the National Hurricane Center map to the right shows. A year after superstorm Sandy, it would be easy to let that wind and rain barrage fade from recent memory.
But one group leading against that charge is the Concord Free Press, which will give away a book of photos on the storm's destruction, according to the New York Times. And the best thing going for the production? It's free. The photobook, titled The Rockaways, will be passed out as part of an effort to spur donations to hurricane efforts and keep awareness of the risks high. "We're in this whole era of extreme weather," said Stona Fitch, the Concord Free Press founder. "And it’s definitely not over." The book's main photographer, Gilles Peress expanded on that idea to the New York Times:
“It’s important not to forget, because Sandy revealed vulnerabilities to climate change, vulnerabilities in the social construct of the city. And I think that this is a challenge for this city to address. It’s always dangerous to forget history.”
Certainly, the hurricane's victims haven't forgotten last October. The Jersey Shore, still semi-destroyed from storm surges, saw a significant drop in its tourism business. And New York City government is only now receiving and using the $51 billion in federal emergency aid that was approved back in January.
Despite the passed time since the last major storm, those consequences remain active today. A single free book can't solve that, but its publishers certainly hope continued awareness can.