Hurricane Sandy arrived in the New York/New Jersey area on the eve of October 29, 2012 after initially hitting ground in Cuba as a Category 3 storm. As the largest hurricane in history on the Atlantic coast, It claimed 285 lives in seven countries. Staten Island's east coast was one of the hardest hit in the region. Twenty-four lives were lost. This photo series is a minute look at the area of Midland Beach to New Dorp Beach twelve days into the recovery mission prefaced with a few points on the North shore.

To commemorate the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy and the devastation to the region, the Museum of the City of New York held an exhibition called Rising Waters which ran from October 29, 2013 to April 20, 2014. Curated by Sean Corcoran from close to 10,000 photo submissions, the exhibit features a variety of images from amateur to pro, shot casually with camera phones or on assignment from news agencies.

Carl Merkin stands in front of his house at 10 Sioux Street in the Midland Beach section of Staten Island. This image was shown as part of the Rising Waters exhibition at the City Museum of New York and resides in the collections archive of the museum.

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