A man is hit by ragging water while he tries to fix a broken hydrant in East Midtown Manhattan as Hurricane Sandy starts to hit New York City. Destroyed cars lie around a flooded street in Midland Beach area, which was heavily hit by Hurricane Sandy. Staten Island suffered mostly on South Beach and Midland Beach killing 19 and spreading destruction. A man starts to clean a flooded restaurant in Battery Park the morning after Hurricane Sandy. A couple examines the ruins in Breezy Point (south-east Queens) where over 100 homes were burned during the storm. Sammy Howard (29) enjoys a hot chocolate from the American Cross in Midland Beach area. Sammy lives in Dongen Hills and had to move to a shelter in Wagner School after Staten Island suffered heavy damages. A view toward the south of Park Avenue seen from 34th Street, which was under blackout a week after Hurricane Sandy, hit New York. A large part of the financial industry was gravely affected by the storm and lack of electricity forcing many companies to search alternative locations for their operations. A man buys food at a street stand operated by a generator in the East Village. A few small business owners tried to continue working in the first days of the blackout using gas-operated generators. Residents of Staten Island wait in line for gas with plastic containers. After a couple of day very few gas stations in still had gas for sale. An immigrant from Bangladesh gets water from a hydrant in the East Village in Manhattan. Residents of lower Manhattan were cut off from electricity and water supplies and had to survive receiving aid in a distribution centers. John Christopher (49) examines a pair of pants in a parking lot in Rockaway. Many low-income families in Rockaway have lost their home during the storm. Fellow New Yorkers and aid organization arrived at the area providing large donations of food and cloths to anybody in need. American flags hang on rubble taken from damaged houses in South Beach. Residents of Staten Island tried to salvage whatever possible from their flooded homes with the assistance of volunteers. A woman carrying a bag walks among sand piles leaving Rockaway Beach in Queens. Rockaway was one of the main areas affected by Hurricane Sandy with many houses and property being destroyed. Wooden scrap that used to be part of the Rockaway boardwalk is laid on the ground spelling ‘Global Warming is Here’. The famous boardwalk was totally destroyed by the storm. Hassidic Jews visit the coastal area of Seagate neighborhood in Brooklyn where many houses were damaged in the storm. Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Jews visit the coastal area of Seagate neighborhood in Brooklyn. The main disaster areas attracted many visitors, as Hurricane Sandy was one of the biggest natural disasters ever to hit New York.