Hurricane Sandy blew through Long Island City, Astoria, Jackson Heights, Sunnyside and the many other Western Queens neighborhoods along with the rest of the region late Sunday night and on Monday.
The powerful winds knocked many trees down and left a few spots in Astoria without power. LaGuardia Airport remained closed for many days, because its runways were inundated with water. In Astoria Shore Boulevard and the USPowerGen. plant were flooded. Parts of LIC and the most southwest portion of the neighborhood called Hunters Point were in evacuation zones, although many residents chose to stay.
The Newtown Creek Alliance has been monitoring the waterway that separates Sunnyside and Maspeth from Bushwick, and Hunters Point from Greenpoint, and says that because of the torrential rains there have been sewage overflows into the creek.
The swells at Gantry Plaza State Park receded almost as quickly as they rose and on Tuesday many of the restaurants and bars on Vernon Boulevard in LIC were packed with residents who had been relegated to their homes on Monday
All in all the storm hit this portion of the borough much more softly than other parts including Howard Beach and the Rockaways, which saw substantial, in some cases devastating, property damage from winds, water and fire.
— Josey Bartlett
LaGuardia Airport opened on Thursday morning at 7 a.m.
A child stands in front of Shady Playground in Long Island City where a giant tree blew down.
The water swelled at Newtown Creek under the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge
Passengers were at a standstill at the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue/74th Street-Broadway Thursday morning as officials from the MTA weren't letting anyone board subway trains, even though limited service was to be resumed.
There were seven downed trees on a stretch of Skillman Avenue.
A tree fell on a car on Skillman Avenue in Sunnyside.
Lots of debris filled the sidewalks in LIC on Tuesday afternoon.