“Narcissus Garden” will be on view in a former train garage at Fort Tilden from July 1 until Labor Day.
One of the most remarkable places accessible to the public in New York City is the ruins of the Fort Tilden military base on the Rockaway Peninsula, where huge batteries with now-empty heavy gun turrets open to the beach.
Two years on, the effect of Hurricane Sandy is still visible in the Rockaways’s vacant bungalows. Artist Robyn Renee Hasty is imagining one of these storm-wrecked homes as a creative community space, one that could simultaneously be a model of rebuilding with low-impact design.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Rockaway Beach’s iconic boardwalk is all but destroyed. “It’s sheer devastation,” said Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski. The remains of the structure between Beach 110th Street and Beach 88th Street is a wreckage of concrete frames and sheets of wood. The question that remains is, what should be done to restore the heavily used public space?
After yesterday’s report on MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach’s efforts to gather volunteers for a second volunteer trip to The Rockaways this upcoming weekend, we felt compelled to share these images by photographer Amanda Kirkpatrick, who traveled to the Queens neighborhood last weekend to document the aftermath of post-tropical cyclone Sandy.