Artur Kasprzak, a 28-year-old Polish immigrant and NYPD officer, was able to save seven family members—six adults and a 15-month-old infant—before he succumbed to the rapidly rising waters. He was found on Tuesday around 7 a.m., dead in his Staten Island basement. Jessie Streich-Kest, 24, and Jacob Vogelman, 23, were out in Brooklyn’s Ditmas Park walking their dog, Max, when a tree was uprooted. Max escaped. Streich-Kest and Vogelman were found Tuesday morning, crushed to death.
Hurricane Sandy has claimed 30 lives so far, at least 40 throughout the country, and more than 100 worldwide. People drowned or were hit by falling limbs or were entombed beneath their crumbling homes. The New York Times reports that one 75-year-old woman was attached to a respirator when she lost power. She died from a heart attack. Another, 23-year-old Lauren Abraham, was outside when a power line snapped and struck her. Neighbors could only watch as she burned to death.
The storm attacked New York brutally with a widespread, clinical efficiency. Dozens were left dead or injured. More than 2 million in the state lost power. Sandy caused more than $20 billion in damage and lost business. The U.S. stock markets closed on Monday for the first time since September 11, 2001. Breezy Point, a Queens neighborhood built by early 1900s New York firefighters, was devastated after a fire on Tuesday burned more than 100 houses to the ground.
Sandy didn’t discriminate. John Filpowizz Senior, 51, was found in his Staten Island home around noon on Tuesday next to his 20-year-old son, John Junior. They were pinned under debris, dead. Jack Baumler, 11, and his best friend, 13-year-old Michael Robson, were in Westchester County when a tree crashed through their roof, killing them both. Rick Gold, a 67-year-old Queens resident, was found on Tuesday, likely drowned, in his house. Anthony Narh, a Bronx native working as a parking lot attendant in Manhattan, died in his vehicle in Tribeca.
The list of the dead goes on through the city and the country, and it is likely not completed yet.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 31, 2012