While Bloomberg urged NYC citizens to stay inside and weather Sandy from home, film director Casey Neistat took to the streets of Manhattan on his bike to film the storm. Although Bloomberg suspended all outdoor filming permits, Neistat, together with his brother Dean Neistat and Sean Avery, spent 4 hours in lower Manhattan filming the storm’s destructive path.
At the beginning of ‘Hurricane Sandy on Bikes in NYC,’ we see a city preparing to shut down for the storm, small boats rocking in the wind and waves, and a weatherman standing in a few inches of water. But as the video advances, we see the frightening progression of the storm; water starts to gush into building basements, the street turns into a rushing river filled with rapids, and the lights go out in lower Manhattan. Shockingly, Neistat and his crew remain on their bikes throughout the entire film, half-biking, half-swimming through the streets.
Watch ‘Hurricane Sandy on Bikes in NYC’ below:
Neistat posted the video from a Harlem Starbucks on October 31st, and the film has since been viewed over 1.5M times. When a producer from Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project offered Neistat $500 to use footage from his video, Neistat used the $500 to buy clothing and food for victims in Staten Island. Neistat went to Staten Island to volunteer and donate the clothing, filming a 2nd video to show the immense destruction.
Watch the video, ‘Staten Island Destruction’ below:
It’s hard to fathom Sandy’s impact when not directly affected, but Neistat’s two videos help show the world a small sliver of the wide-spread devastation from the storm.
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