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This is What Sandy Did to Verizon HQ

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This-is-what-sandy-did-to-verizon-hq-pic--69e58e568bSuperstorm Sandy may have done damage to all the major phone services, more or less. But for Verizon, there was another price to pay: damage to its New York corporate headquarters.

The picture above, tweeted by the company itself, shows the Verizon lobby at 140 West Street in Manhattan, filled with three feet of water at about 9:30 PM ET last night. It isn’t just an administrative building — it also serves hundreds of thousands of voice and data circuits in New York.

Says Verizon director of media relations Bill Kula: “We’ll continue to work safely and quickly to pump out the storm water, re-route traffic from non working central office to others, get backup generator power operating, and hope that the local power company can restore commercial power as quickly as possible.”

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The Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy

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    Breezy Point, Queens

    “Destruction after fire in Breezy Point, Queens.” Via Official New York City Fire Department

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    Breezy Point, Queens

    “Destruction after fire in Breezy Point, Queens.”
    Via Official New York City Fire Department

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    Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

    “Damage being repaired on the roof of the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Arts and Crafts Center after Hurricane Sandy made landfall.”

    Via Joint Task Force Guantanamo Public Affairs/Sgt. Brett Perkins

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    Manhattan

    “No traffic on the FDR today. This was all under water the night before. It’s amazing how a storm like Sandy can completely shut down an entire city.”

    Via WanderingtheWorld

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    South Ferry Station, Manhattan

    A submerged escalator at the South Ferry subway station in Lower Manhattan. Via MTA

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    East Village, Manhattan

    People bail water from a basement of an East Village business. Via Brennan Cavanaugh

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    West Village, Manhattan

    “Bleeker Street Pizza: OPEN- The electricity was still out, but they were making pizza anyway, with the help of their gas-fired oven and a few spelunker head lamps.”

    Via Nick Sherman

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    East Village at Avenue C, Manhattan

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    Battery Park

    A truck is submerged in Battery Park, Manhattan. Via Andrea Canning

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    Belmar, New Jersey

    “Hurricane Sandy damage in Belmar, N.J. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.” Via Talk Radio News Service

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    Seaside Heights, New Jersey

    “Aerial views of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast taken during a search and rescue mission by 1-150 Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard, Oct. 30, 2012.”

    Via U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen/Released

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    White Hall subway station in NYC

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    North Wildwood, New Jersey

    Via thejkinz

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    West Wildwood, New Jersey

    A street underwater. Via thejkinz

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    Long Island, New York

    A tree uprooted in Long Island, New York. Via nikki_skye

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    Stonybrook, Long Island, NY

    via Meghan Pipe

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    Michigan

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    NYC

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    Dumbo, Brooklyn

    “Main St. After Hurricane Sandy” Via DumboNYC

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    Dumbo, Brooklyn

    “Jane’s carousel is basically an island now. Poor horses.” Via andjelicaaa

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    Toronto

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    Staten Island

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    West Virginia

    “John Schmidt, of the West Virginia Field Office, photographed his backyard during Hurricane Sandy.” Via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services

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    Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn

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    Staten Island

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    Red Cross Digital Command Center

    “President Obama visits the American Red Cross Digital Command Center following Hurricane Sandy”
    Via Dell

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    Portsmouth, Virginia

    “Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, visits Soldiers from the 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment Oct. 30 in Portsmouth, Va. “
    Via Virginia Guard Public Affairs

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    Piscataway Township, New Jersey

    “Spc. Anthony Monte along with Soldiers from the 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, New Jersey Army National Guard, mobilized for Hurricane Sandy provide assistance to displaced residents at an emergency shelter at the Werblin Recreation Center, Piscataway Township, N.J., Oct. 29, 2012.”Via U.S. Army

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    Damaged Space Shuttle Enterprise

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    Mears, Virginia

    “Virginia National Guard Soldiers trudged through high water and cut trees to clear a path for two rescue missions that transported seven adults and one child to safety at two locations on Cattail Road in the Mears, Va. area Oct. 30.” Via The National Gaurd

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    Fort Greene, Brooklyn

    A car that has been smashed by a tree in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Via CSondi