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The iconic Princess Cottage, built in 1855, barely remains standing on Nov. 21, 2012, in Union Beach, N.J., after being ravaged by flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy. (Getty Images)

Revisiting Superstorm Sandy: One Year Later In Photos

by Meredith Rizzo
Oct 29, 2013

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It's been a year since Superstorm Sandy tore up the Atlantic coast — one of the biggest and most expensive hurricanes in the region's history. The images at the time were remarkable: rows of homes washed from their foundations; New York City's Hugh Carey Tunnel completely flooded; a boat washed up onto a New Jersey front yard — its bow piercing straight through the front door.

But a lot can change in a year — and equally remarkable are these images that show it. A few photographers with the agency Getty Images revisited some sites to see what they look like now. Cars are back on the Carey Tunnel, yards have been cleaned, and homes are sprouting up again — some now on stilts.

In pairs, the photos show how destructive Sandy was: Where the historic Princess Cottage, built in 1855, once stood is now an empty field in Union Beach, N.J. The photos also show how life goes on: Many residents are continuing the slow process of rebuilding their homes and lives.

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