New York magazine, New Yorker capture spirit of Sandy, election

New York magazine editors: “The easiest part of a harried three days came Friday around noon, when we met to settle on the cover. A photograph taken by Iwan Baan on Wednesday night, showing the Island of Manhattan, half aglow and half in dark, was the clear choice, for the way it fit with the bigger story we have tried to tell here about a powerful city rendered powerless.” Photographer Iwan Baan tells Poynter how he got the shot.

Cover artist Adrian Tomine: ” I feel like the storm has made real a lot of issues in the election that were hypothetical, that were thrown around as debate topics—global warming; and Is Obama enough of a leader to handle a natural disaster?; and Do we need FEMA?”

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  • Anonymous

    While the darkened area of the New Yorker’s cover details where flooding has impacted residents energy-dependent lifestyles – the offered solutions in today’s (Sunday) NYT appear to be strapped by city regulation, costs, and environmental issues.

    For example, fuel supplies for diesel generators have been relegated to basement areas as a matter of law, while none considered NG or LPG plumbed to rooftop generators or solar alternatives.

    It would seem that Mayor Bloomberg would want to plan a junket to Louisiana to see firsthand how people prepare for really big storms, flooding and the like, while all the time retaining their cellular service for real emergencies?