I had photographed in Great Kills once before in June 2011. Last Tuesday, I went back to the area. I walked over Richmond Avenue to Tennyson Drive. Almost immediately, I could feel the impact of Sandy. A path beckoned me to walk through to the beach. There was a good deal of construction debris along the path.
Two years ago the street side of this home was private and protected by a wooden fence. You can see what it looks like now on the beach side above and below what it looks like on the street side.
The end of Seacrest Ave, the next street over, looked like this in 2011.
It looks like this now.
On the left side of the fence above, there was a house at 99 Seacrest Ave.
Now there is nothing there. A family’s home. Simply gone. Well probably not so simply. They most likely had to pay to have it removed.
The highlight of my visit to this area in 2011 was meeting the man who lived in this house. He was retired from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and his home seemed like a paradise. This was the entrance:
Once inside the fence, there was this green house and many lovely plants everywhere.
This is the house now.
I expressed an interest in horse shoe crabs and I was invited to go around through the property to the beach to see if there were any around which being June there certainly were.
I loved the house or compound really. It was an example of self-expression as much as a shelter.
The loss experienced by many after Sandy is so sad but this breaks my heart.
On my first visit as I was leaving I stopped to talk to a man who was installing solar panels on a little house back from the street.
Now that house looks like this. No one was there when I stopped by last Tuesday. In 2011, there were no fences around the front of this little house. I have seen this in other areas like Hamilton Beach as well where owners try to protect damaged homes from vandals. Another sad result of hurricane Sandy.