Video Tour of Brooklyn after Hurricane Sandy

The 1973 Triumph Bonneville through Hurricane Sandy aftermath...

The 1973 Triumph Bonneville through Hurricane Sandy aftermath…

Although the neighborhood where MotoPreserve resides was relatively unharmed by Hurricane Sandy, the footage of other parts of Brooklyn told a very different story.  After checking on the shop, Scotty and I decided to take a quick tour of Brooklyn, checking out the devastation…

Hurricane Sandy hammers Red Hook Brooklyn…

Our first stop was Greenpoint, the northern-most section of Brooklyn, which had been hit, but little was left to see there.  We had both heard about the southern section of Red Hook being hit hard, so we made our way down there, riding slow, and taking in the effects of Hurricane Sandy along the way.

Scotty was on his 1973 Triumph, and I rode the Husqvarna TE610.  Both bikes fared well in the debris-strewn streets, until we hit the cobblestones of Red Hook.  A thin slick of oil seemed to cover all the stones, and although neither of us went down, I was convinced that I would drop the Husky at certain points.  The tires slipped around underneath me, and I wondered if this oil slick was created by the water coming up onto the roadway from the East River.

The video below shows the ride, with slow moving traffic, and eventually, the devastation that hit Red Hook, Brooklyn.  Seeing so many belongings piled on the sidewalk convinced me that they must be from basement apartments, having been filled with water.  Many shopkeepers were standing outside, pumping water from the basements of bars and bodegas, the looks on their faces resilient and determined…

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