October 31, 2012

A Visual History of New York City’s Fictional Destruction

This week, Hurricane Sandy struck New York to become one of the city’s most devastating natural disasters on record. Officials from both energy monolith Con Edison and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have called it “the worst” in their respective 189- and 108-year histories. I feel incredibly lucky to have survived with virtually no damage and no power loss, but thousands of people across the river in Manhattan, including many friends, haven’t been so fortunate. How jarring it is to see this magnificent city, always so proudly imbued with its own myth, brought uncomfortably close to the scenes and landscapes we’re so used to seeing in apocalyptic fictions.

Read more. [Images: Louis Guglielmi, Mental Geography, 1938, Yale University Press]

  1. qualitymind reblogged this from theatlantic
  2. richjerkwtt reblogged this from thewallstreetexecutive
  3. asongagainstsex reblogged this from theatlantic
  4. rahrahroeback reblogged this from theatlantic
  5. 718rogue reblogged this from jalopnikupdates
  6. theredshoes reblogged this from theatlantic
  7. threebottles reblogged this from theatlantic
  8. worldwar3iscoming reblogged this from spaceknit
  9. ktokogo reblogged this from theatlantic
  10. bronxbanter reblogged this from theatlantic
  11. fahrvergnugen reblogged this from jalopnikupdates
  12. spaceknit reblogged this from theatlantic
  13. wizardblue reblogged this from theatlantic
  14. excessivetalk reblogged this from theatlantic
  15. jandirafeijo reblogged this from theatlantic
  16. loveisthewateroflife reblogged this from theatlantic
  17. publikenemy-10 reblogged this from theatlantic
  18. sanctuarial reblogged this from theatlantic
  19. keepmesmilingforever reblogged this from theatlantic
  20. dreamsawayfromthisplace reblogged this from upsidedownreasons
  21. purplegem reblogged this from theatlantic
  22. nousefortime reblogged this from theatlantic
  23. basedgoodnesstho reblogged this from theatlantic
  24. tr0tskitty reblogged this from theatlantic
  25. thewallstreetexecutive reblogged this from theatlantic