The ravages of Hurricane Sandy, one year later

Just a year ago, the northeastern states were smashed by Superstorm Sandy, which caused a colossal amount of damage particularly in New Jersey and New York city. After more than $14 billion in federal support and countless hours spent cleaning up, significant progress has been made, but the job is far from over.

Above is a look at some areas hit hard by Sandy, and for more interactive before-and-after photos, you can head here.

Or, for a look back at the sheer scope of the damage Sandy left in its wake, check out Nation Now.

Photos: Mark Lennihan, Mel Evans, John Minchillo / Associated Press

The man who knows all there is to know about Grand Central

One of the most famous landmarks in a city littered with them, Grand Central celebrates its 100th year in 2013, a landmark that excites few more than Danny Brucker, who has taken it upon himself to be its chief historian (along with his real job as spokesman for Metro-North Railroad).

Brucker, who frequently leads tours throughout the huge structure in Midtown Manhattan, excitedly springs at the chance to present tidbits and trivia, from secret stairways to jewels hidden in plain sight.

For example, it turns out the building’s common title of “Grand Central Station” is completely wrong.

"If you thought you were going to get a tour of Grand Central Station, you were WRONG!" he screeched in a voice that carried above the lunch-hour din. "That’s because it’s a TERMINAL!"

Read more in our latest Column One feature.

Photos: FPG/Getty Images, Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times


The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center officially opened 40 years ago on April 4, 1973.  At the time of their completion they were the tallest buildings in the world.

These photos, taken shortly after the World Trade Center was completed in the early 1970s, are part of the DOCUMERICA series, a program sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency to photographically document subjects of environmental concern in America during the 1970s.

Find more images from DOCUMERICA at “Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project,” now open at the National Archives in Washington, DC.

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The Faces Of New York’s Subway Commute

What did 2012 look like on New York City’s subways? From video journalist Rebecca Davis’s perspective, it was a mix of loneliness, intimacy, exhaustion, and, of course, smart phone-gazing. Davis’s video Commuters 2012 is a voyeuristic glimpse of life in New York’s connective tissue, the subway—hundreds of snapshots of regular people living their lives underground, selected from more than 3,000 photos she took last year.

“So often on the train we bury ourselves in something we’re reading or music we’re listening to and forget to look around and take in some great human drama that is constantly being played out in New York,” Davis says. The best moments in her video are of children and of couples—kissing, laughing, or just sitting there. “I hope it makes people stop and look more deeply into all the different faces and human moments we encounter each day in a city like New York where privacy is hard to come by.”

Check out the full story here.

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Scenes from the snowy northeast: Residents across the region are prepping for a storm that may bring up to three feet in some areas. Though there’s yet to be significant accumulation, a storm of any power comes of particular concern for a part of the country still recovering from the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Follow the latest on the storm here, and find out the weird origins of its name “Nemo.”

Photos: David Duprey / Associated Press; Kelvin Ma / Bloomberg; Spencer Platt / Bloomberg; NASA