Zachary M. Seward is a senior editor at Quartz. He previously worked at The Wall Street Journal and Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab. He teaches digital journalism at NYU.
The Atlantic Ocean's largest recorded tropical storm is bearing down on the Northeast.
Webcams date to an earlier era of the internet: the very first one, in 1991, was pointed at a coffee pot in a computer lab at Cambridge University. But the tradition lives on in various corners of the web, which comes in handy when, say, an enormous storm is barreling toward the East Coast of the United States.
The webcams listed below should provide a good view of Hurricane Sandy’s arrival in New York City, on Long Island, and along the Jersey Shore. If you know of other webcams we should add, email me or send me links on Twitter.
New York City
- Coney Island
- Far Rockaways (thanks to Matt Miner)
- Statue of Liberty
- New York Harbor
- Midwood, Brooklyn
- Brooklyn Bridge
- Manhattan Bridge (thanks to Amrit Richmond)
- Battery Park City
- Downtown Manhattan
- Wall Street Bull
- Ground Zero
- USS Intrepid
- Midtown West
- Empire State Building, 55th floor
- New York Times Building (and what the camera looks like)
- Highrise near Penn Station (thanks to Liz Markham)
- Times Square
- Bryant Park
- Columbus Circle
- 79th Street Boat Basin
- Upper East Side
- Co-Op City in the Bronx
- NYC traffic cameras
And this isn’t a webcam, but Instacane is a great, intimate view of how people are experiencing Sandy as documented on Instagram. (Thanks to Chris Ackermann for the tip.) It might also get interesting over at NSKYC, which displays the average color of the New York City sky, captured every five minutes.
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