Hurricane Sandy Aftermath and Relief

NYU Steinhardt: Coming Together in Adversity and Renewal

The Steinhardt School encourages members of the community affected by Hurricane Sandy to share your photos with us and tell us your story. We want to see what you saw, how you helped, and how you are doing.

Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education and Environmental Conservation Education Students

In response to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, the NYU Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education and students in the NYU Environmental Conservation Education program have organized a donation collection for the annual New York Cares Coat Drive. This year, New York Cares is specifically seeking coats for those impacted by Hurricane Sandy, with Staten Island and Brooklyn as current high-need areas. Over 100 donations have been collected and delivered in the first three weeks of the NYU/NY Cares coat drive, with assistance from the Department of Teaching and Learning in NYU Steinhardt and the Weinstein Hall Resource Center. The coat drive also received a generous number of donations from the Jackson Memorial Library and local community of St. George, Maine. The Wallerstein Collaborative and the ECE program will continue the coat drive through the end of the semester, with donations accepted on weekdays during typical office hours at the Wallerstein offices on the ground floor of 5-11 University Place, and the Teaching and Learning Offices on the 2nd floor of 239 Greene Street. To everyone who has already donated to the coat drive, thank you sincerely for your generosity and your kindness. Special thanks go to Katie Gloede and Stacie Orell for the time and energy they continue to spend running the coat drive, and thanks to NYU students and faculty.

Lincoln Center and the 700-lb door by Joe Drew

I had a concert scheduled at Lincoln Center on 10/30, the day Sandy arrived in full force. The concert involved shipping a custom-made 700-lb door up from Atlanta, and I spent the days before Sandy arrived improvising an accelerated travel schedule for the Atlanta crew. Our hope was that the storm would somehow miss, or not be as bad as forecast. Even though Lincoln Center was fully functional on 10/30, the rest of NYC was not, and it just wasn't feasible for the concert to proceed. So, the door sat in a parking garage and the crew twiddled their thumbs in their hotel rooms, and everyone went home as soon as the airports and bridges reopened.

Kristina Shalhoup @shalhoupefiasco

Took the first one a week before Sandy, took the second one during Sandy- Just the start of a crazy week!

Jasmine Yook @jazzyook

This was my walk down from Britanny to Weinstein after the first night of Sandy. More photos.

Working with Team Rubicon in Rockaway, Queens by Zullay

On November 10th, I went down to Rockaway to volunteer with Team Rubicon. There were so many volunteers ready to start working, some even brought their own tools. The team I was a part of was sent to a home right next to the water. We, along with a group from Boston, moved furniture and other items that were in storage out of the first floor and onto the lawn. Whatever was still in good condition was saved. We tore down parts of the walls and cleaned up as much as we could. It was so sad to throw away nearly half of a family's belongings. Eventually, the only thing left on the first floor was a piano, which was probably ruined.

Adventures With The Hurricane by Adrian Bridges

Adrian Bridges, a master's student in Steinhardt's jazz studies program took more than five hundred photos during the blackout. "Without the obligation of school or work I took walks across the city, and kept a journal during my experience." Adrienne's entries are now online at

Team Rubicon at Far Rockaway Courtesy of DPT Students Danielle Luna and Krupa Trivedi

Danielle Luna and Krupa Trivedi, students in the Department of Physical Therapy, volunteered on November 3rd with Team Rubicon to clean up Rockaway, Queens.

“We dug cars out for some families,” Danielle writes. “Lot still to be done out there. I did hurricane relief with for Katrina in '05 for two weeks. This was comparable, if not worse. I hope that more students volunteer. It was a devastating site, but it was an amazing community experience.”