A Thousand Words


They say a picture says a thousand words, so we’ll let these shocking photos by local photographer Joe Lupo do most of the talking. One message is clear. This isn’t good. Lupo shot these photos around Beach 91st Street on Sunday, November 25, after a night of heavy rain from a storm that also brought on extreme high tides, leading to more beach erosion and yet another round of street flooding with water coming up from drains in various parts of the peninsula and in Broad Channel.

As can be seen in the photos, the protective dunes have eroded into eight-foot high cliffs and the beach access ramp is looking more and more like a boat launch.

The city has no plan for the beaches next summer after closing the eroding area in the Beach 90s, which is getting worse. And the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers won’t get to work until early 2020. Will it be too late by then? We need help NOW.

Photos by Joe Lupo.