“Hurricane Sandy,” by Jane Kratochvil.

The last couple of days and nights have been full of anxiety and nerves as Hurricane Sandy locked in on the East Coast. Though many of us in Brooklyn were spared some of the horrible destruction and fires that Breezy Point in Queens experienced, it was still gut-wrenching. Waterfront neighborhoods like Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay, DUMBO and Red Hook were all victims of heavy flooding and electrical fires. It was scary to watch the local reports and photographs come in on Twitter, but it’s so evident that social media services like Twitter have so fundamentally changed how the media works in emergencies.

Though power is (eerily) still out for a huge number of folks in Manhattan, there’s lots of amazing coverage of the storm and its aftermath. This round-up of photos on The Atlantic is a must-see, and photographs have started to pour in on our Flickr group, some of which I’ve featured below. If you have photos you’d like to see featured here, please contribute on Flickr on contact us via email directly.

My thoughts are with all those recovering from the storm. Please be safe and let us know if there is anything we can do to help!

“Manhattan, 10/30/12,” by Jonathan Percy:
Manhattan 10/30/12

“Hurricane Sandy, the next morning in DUMBO,” by Barry Yanowitz:
Hurricane Sandy, the next morning in DUMBO

“Fort Greene Mercedes Smash,” by Matt Nedbalsky:
Fort Greene Mercedes Smash

“Morning After Sandy,” by Vitaliy Piltser:
Untitled

“Go Away Sandy!,” by Joel Zimmer:
Go Away Sandy

“Statue of Liberty, Sandy,” by Marie Viljoen:
statue of liberty, sandy

“Clinton Hill Tree Down,” by Matt Nedbalsky:
Clinton Hill Tree Down

“Fallen,” by Joel Zimmer:
Fallen II

“Hurricane Sandy, the next morning in DUMBO,” by Barry Yanowitz:
Hurricane Sandy, the next morning in DUMBO

More than once this weekend I thought about blogging while we were holed up and preparing for Hurricane Irene to come tearing through Brooklyn. Instead, it proved to be an opportune time to catch up on sleep, paint my dining room, and lazily watch some over-the-top news coverage of the storm. (“IT’S THE SIZE OF EUROPE!”) While the damage in New York City definitely doesn’t hold a candle to what’s going on in parts of New Jersey and Vermont, I wanted to share some of these Brooklyn scenes of the storm and its aftermath.

Did you venture out into the storm? Have shots you’d like to share? Send ‘em our way – we’d love to see them.

“Fun in DUMBO,” by BSEinBrooklyn:
Fun

“Irene’s Aftermath,” by Ed Brydon:
Irene's Aftermath

“Fallen Bee Hive” and “Fort Greene,” by Marta Curry:
Fallen Bee HiveFort Greene

“Hurricane Irene,” by Josh Derr:
Hurricane Irene

Untitled, by Todd Sheridan and “My Very Lucky Friends,” by David Pexton:
IMG_4891 My very lucky friends

“Car Wash,” by Andrew Mohrer:
Car wash

“Irene’s Aftermath,” by Ed Brydon:
Irene's Aftermath

“The Wonderfully Underwhelming Irene,” by Warren Jackson:
The wonderfully underwhelming Irene

“Hurricane Irene,” by Josh Derr:
Hurricane Irene