I have been a resident of Manhattan since January this year. I retired from the British military the same month, having seen many disasters and humanitarian situations around the world. New Yorkers are no strangers to such circumstances, having demonstrated such resilience to the events of 9/11. I wanted to capture the city in the lead-up to, during and after Hurricane Sandy; the following reports give a resident's account over the two days of chaos. Manhattan and the entire tri-state area is in recovery, but it will be many days and weeks before a complete assessment of the devastation can be concluded. Incidentally, the building whose façade collapsed was half a block away and across the road from my apartment. At the time of filming, large pieces of debris, road signs and pieces of steel from other buildings were being thrown through the air. Remarkably, no one was injured.
I also acknowledge that there are many disasters ongoing around the world and that the Caribbean was also badly affected by Sandy, particularly in Haiti and Jamaica. My thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by this disaster.