More Archives destroyed by Sandy


Nothing compares with the distressing images of cars floating in the streets in New Jersey and the Rockaways, of babies carried out of darkened hospitals, or the apocalyptic scenes of frightened homeowners holed up in the bone-cold remnants of their houses. But, as the days pass, other Hurricane Sandy stories, less tragic in the scheme of things but shocking nonetheless, bubble up to the surface. Entire histories have been imperilled by the storm. New York City Opera, already reduced to a shadow of its former self by poor decision-making and financial struggles, lost much of its archive to flooding at its site on Broad Street in lower Manhattan. Even worse hit was the Martha Graham Dance Company, whose storage areas, containing sets, costumes, and paper archives from as far back as the late thirties, lie in a sodden heap in a basement on Bethune Street, just across the West Side Highway from the Hudson.

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  1. First, Rick, I want to thank you for framing this post in the perspective of the greater human loss. Our hearts do go out to those who suffered great personal loss.

    That said, when i hear these heartbreaking stories of historical loss, I am grateful that THS has a disaster recovery plan in place and should we ever be in such a crisis we have the ability to respond quickly and effectively.

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