After Superstorm Sandy blasted New York on October 29, 2012, leaving in its wake 96 dead statewide and hundreds of thousands of homes, vehicles and other properties destroyed, many are still reeling from its onslaught 10 years later.
While some may wish to forget the trauma and loss inflicted by the superstorm, others do not. Every year since its tragic occurrence, Canarsie community leaders and residents gather at the Canarsie Pier for a candlelight vigil to remember the losses and celebrate the survivors.
The group was entertained by stilt dancers and a lone steel pan player, as they huddled in a circle formed within a yellow ribbon. “A circle is rarely broken and only broken when there’s force,” explained Lucina Clarke, one of the event’s organizers. “We are a tight bunch. Let’s remember this night and the unity of the circle.”