This Was a Monster

Gene Burke has been a resident of Rockaway since he was 6 years old. He's seen many hurricanes sweep through the peninsula. "This was bigger than Donna!" he says. He lives on an upper floor of a building on Beach 76th st.

".... that night, the water came. I saw the ocean. And the waves about a mile out, three quarters of a mile out, were actually rolling, on top of the other waves. This was a monster! And I saw it come over the boardwalk..."

With an overturned vehicle in the background, Gene tells me that he is looking after a friend who suffered a heart attack only a week before the storm. Neither of them have anywhere else to go.

"We have no water, no electric, no food, no medical supplies. I mean, I can't think of one thing positive. Climbing steps with no emergency lights. Ya have to feel ya way up 5, 6 7, 8 flights."

Kisha Bari is an Australian photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her ongoing work in the Rockaways post Sandy can be seen on her blog You can see her commercial work at