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.