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Sandy in NYC photos: Remembering the days after the superstorm

Superstorm Sandy pummeled New York City on Oct. 29, 2012, causing flooding and fires, and instantly leaving thousands of New Yorkers without shelter or power.

The storm is blamed for 43 deaths. The transit system was crippled and gas rationing went into effect several days after the storm. Sandy's effects are still felt in the hardest-hit areas, including parts of Queens and Staten Island, as families still work to rebuild their homes.

These photos give a brief -- but painful -- look back at the days immediately following Sandy.

The facade of a Chelsea apartment building collapsed
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The facade of a Chelsea apartment building collapsed on Oct. 29, 2012, as superstorm Sandy pounded the city.

A car submerges in flood waters in the
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A car submerges in flood waters in the Financial District on Oct. 29, 2012.

The South Ferry Station flooded during superstorm Sandy
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The South Ferry Station flooded during superstorm Sandy on Oct. 30, 2012.

A Virgin Mary statue is all that remains
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A Virgin Mary statue is all that remains on Oct. 30, 2012, of a home in Breezy Point, Queens, that was destroyed by superstorm Sandy.

A home in Breezy Point, Queens, on Oct.
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A home in Breezy Point, Queens, on Oct. 30, 2012, that was damaged by a fire during superstorm Sandy.

Fires continue to burn in the rubble in
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Fires continue to burn in the rubble in the Rockaways on Oct. 30, 2012.

Residents on Oct. 30, 2012, survey many of
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Residents on Oct. 30, 2012, survey many of the homes and businesses destroyed in the Rockaways during superstorm Sandy.

A person on Oct. 30, 2012, surveys some
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A person on Oct. 30, 2012, surveys some of the Rockaway homes and businesses destroyed during superstorm Sandy.

A statue of a firefighter stands in front
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A statue of a firefighter stands in front of a home destroyed by fire in the Rockaways during superstorm Sandy on Oct. 30, 2012.

Workers on Oct. 30, 2012, secure an area
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Workers on Oct. 30, 2012, secure an area around Tony's Pier Restaurant after fire destroyed the City Island, Bronx, business.

Brooklyn Battery Tunnel flooded with several feet of
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Brooklyn Battery Tunnel flooded with several feet of water on Oct. 30, 2012.

Cars submerged in the flood waters in the
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Cars submerged in the flood waters in the Financial District on Oct. 30, 2012.

Homes and a vehicle in the Rockaways, on
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt

Homes and a vehicle in the Rockaways, on Oct. 31, 2012, that were destroyed by fire during superstorm Sandy.

A firefighter on Oct. 31, 2012, amid the
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A firefighter on Oct. 31, 2012, amid the homes and vehicles ruined by fire during superstorm Sandy.

A car crushed by debris in the Rockaways
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A car crushed by debris in the Rockaways after superstorm Sandy hit the city on Oct. 29, 2012.

A destroyed hot tub sits on top of
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A destroyed hot tub sits on top of debris in Ocean Breeze, Staten Island, on Nov. 1, 2012.

People gather at a phone-charging station on Avenue
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People gather at a phone-charging station on Avenue C in the East Village on Nov. 1, 2012.

A woman on Nov. 2, 2012, surveys some
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A woman on Nov. 2, 2012, surveys some homes in the Rockaways that were destroyed by superstorm Sandy.

Destroyed cars strewn about near the damaged Rockaway
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Destroyed cars strewn about near the damaged Rockaway boardwalk on Nov. 2, 2012.

Destroyed furniture from homes is stacked at the
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Destroyed furniture from homes is stacked at the edge of a street in the Rockaways on Nov. 2, 2012.

A long line of people waiting for gasoline
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A long line of people waiting for gasoline in Staten Island on Nov. 2, 2012.

A dump truck empties trash collected from superstorm
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A dump truck empties trash collected from superstorm Sandy-damaged homes on Nov. 3, 2012, in Midland Beach, Staten Island.

A home on Kissam Avenue in the Oakwood
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A home on Kissam Avenue in the Oakwood Beach neighborhood of Staten Island, on Nov. 6, 2012, that was destroyed by superstorm Sandy.

A line around a block of people waiting
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A line around a block of people waiting for gasoline in the Rockaways on Nov. 8, 2012.

Snow covers a Virgin Mary statue amid the
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Snow covers a Virgin Mary statue amid the rubble of burned homes in Breezy Point, Queens, on Nov. 8, 2012.

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