B.P.C. Photog Who Stayed Through Sandy

Downtown Express photos by Jay Fine

Battery Park City photographer Jay Fine took these shots Tuesday of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel entrance floods in the morning and during the evening surge. Fine, 60, said his building on West Street has had power throughout. In the face of public calls to follow evacuation orders from the mayor, governor and president, he stayed behind with his wife, father, 88, and poodle, to take care of his father with Parkinson’s disease.

He thinks it was smart for most people to evacuate, but “people who knew the outcome of evacuation would be worse,” like his family, stayed. He said his father would not have done well with the move. He estimates that three times as many people stayed in his building as during Hurricane Irene last year – roughly 75 families – but nevertheless a large majority left.

Fine said he did see one person joyriding on a jet ski. “That guy should have been arrested,” he said.
In other Sandy related news: Subways will not reopen at least for a few days, Mayor Bloomberg said, schools will remain closed Wednesday, and Con Ed estimates electricity will return to most of Lower Manhattan in three or four days, said Julie Menin, former chairperson of Community Board 1.

–Josh Rogers

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