(Update, 9:16 PM: Our editor lost power and is out of contact with us, so we’ll just keep posting and let em deal with it in the morning)

This is fake. Not real. Untrue. Falso. Etc. But shit’s still preeetty messed up mang.

Hey guys, guess what? There’s a ma’fuckin huuuuricane up in this bitch right now. Oh, you already knew that? Was it the broken glass or the garbage cans hurtling through the streets that tipped you off?

To make you feel better, he’s some footage of Sandy tearing through some bougie Jersey beach houses

So – real quick – last year’s Hurricane Irene was so hyped up we were all expecting some kind of apocalyptic catharsis that didn’t quite live up to all the media buzz. Our apartment at the time (a scrappy, poorly maintained little hallway we begrudgingly called home) had a leaky ceiling, but that happened every time it even drizzled, so to us, all hailing from cities that advertise weather as if we’d never witnessed a bad storm before, it was just another slew of embellished ‘hot air.’

DUMBO is partially submerged as of 8:29pm, ET.

 

Sandy touched down at Atlantic City, NJ on Monday at around 6:45pm.

Flash foward to Sandy, Monday 9pm:

We’re currently holed up in our new apartment that has already lost one window – knocked out of its frame and shattered against our archaic TV set around 2am this morning, before the storm even technically hit – drinkin’ our ample stash of reserve beers and using as much electricity as we can before the power goes out.

As is obvious to anyone living in NYC, Sandy isn’t a false alarm. This bitch means business.
But just how severe is the storm?
As of 9:30pm on Sunday, Greenpoint began to experience flooding from the Gowanus canal that has turned the neighborhood streets into the Ganges, as a sewage river comprised of human excrement and other such unpleasantries flowed through the area.
 Around 6:30pm today, a building in Manhattan on 8th and 14th street lost its entire facade . Yea, the entire front just fell right the fuck off. Fortunately, no one was injured in the accident.
Many of the boroughs are already experiencing power outages–some due to downed tree branches and others because of flooding. On top of the 2 million in the U.S. already without power and the manditory evacuation of lower lying coastal regions,
Con Ed has shut off power to parts of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn for safety reasons, and as of 8 p.m. more than 93,000 homes were experiencing outages across the five boroughs, with 32,000 in Staten Island, 27,000 in Queens, 18,000 in Brooklyn, 10,000 in the Bronx and 6,000 in Manhattan.
At 10:25, Sandy was declared a post-tropical storm. Still shakin’ our house. Our bathroom’s drop ceiling panels pooped out a plastic light cover that smashed all over the floor.

10:40pm, the lights are flickering…right at the “Here’s Johnny!” part of The Shining, mind you.
11:05pm, still got power, talking about eating each other.

Some reckless reporters cut right down to size, yo

While we update this from the Bronx, it’s possible we’ll lose power too. As we move into the eye of the storm, remember your basic elementary school emergency drill training (stop, drop and roll, man), tape your windows up, and stay safe!

 

(Update: 12:05 PM: Here’s a preliminary survey of the damage, more to come.)

Part of a crane boom is seen hanging off a building under construction on West 57th Street. That’s LIMP

Lower Manhattan experienced the brunt of a record-breaking 13ft storm surge, flinging cars around and flooding all seven tunnels running under the East River. Joseph Lhota, the head of the MTA, said in a statement,

“Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on our entire transportation system, in every borough and county of the region. The New York subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night.

It could take several days to pump the subway system and inspect all the switches, which could be corroded by the flood’s saltwater. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has deployed 2,000 National Guardsmen into the city and several more divisions of State Troopers. If you were planning on looting, it looks like you missed your chance.

Sandy truly has proven itself to be the most disastrous storm ever to hit New York City: Bloomberg reported this morning that at least 10 people died in NYC as a result.

This death count could very likely rise, but let’s look at the effects of Sandy’s wrath so far:

Total deaths: 94
In the U.S.: 26
– 15 in New York
– 2 in Maryland
– 2 in Connecticut
– 3 in New Jersey
– 2 in Pennsylvania
– 1 West Virginia
– 1 HMS Bounty replica deckhand who was found unresponsive and later declared dead at hospital
Outside the U.S.:
– 1 in Canada.
Earlier: 67 in the Caribbean, including 51 in Haiti.

The damage from this storm truly is catastrophic

Upturned cars in the Financial District.

GOOSEBUMPS “SCARED TO SEE A DOCTOR” RECORD RELEASE SHOW AT 538 JOHNSON (FULL SETS FROM GOOSEBUMPS, AJAX, MERCENARY, LIBYANS, AND LA MISMA)

Like an episode of Jerry Springer, but with more fireworks.

FIGHT CLUB: THE BEST OF FRIDAY NIGHT THROWDOWN

Following the news of Throwdown’s return at SXSW this year with a Texas vs. NYC event, it seems only appropriate to take a look back at the history of Friday Night Throwdown, and the coverage we’ve had of it here on Superchief over the years. For the uninitiated; Friday Night Throwdown wasn’t just NYC’s best underground boxing event, it was NYC’s best underground party.

TEXAS VS. NYC: THROWDOWN RETURNS AT SXSW THIS YEAR

The organization that brought Ford models, Marines and Bloods together for New York’s best underground party is bringing their business to Austin, and bringing with them a Texas vs. NYC event…and Superchief will be covering the whole thing, from start to finish.

THIS APRIL: SUPERCHIEF GALLERY NYC PRESENTS JOHN FELIX ARNOLD III’S “EXCORRIGIA | THE SCOURGE”

From the world of UNSTOPPABLE TOMORROW, Superchief Gallery NYC returns this spring with John Felix Arnold III’s EXCORRIGIA | THE SCOURGE, an exhibition of new works in painting, drawing, mixed media, installation, and sound. The exhibition will run from April 3 through April 13, and there will be an opening reception on Thursday, April 3 from 6-10pm at CultureFix on 9 Clinton Street.

HIGH ON HUNGER: JANE CHARDIET

“High on Hunger” is Jane Chardiet’s new zine, featuring personal essay, photography and interviews with 12 artists, including some of our favorites, about their 2013 and their artistic goals in the new year, along with photographs of each licking fire. It’s good stuff, so I asked Jane about her 2013, because turnabout’s fair play and that’s how the game works.

12 O’ CLOCK BOYS (BALTIMORE STREETBIKE REALNESS)

Whatever your city is doing, what the homies out in B-More are doing is 10x as crazy. 12 O’ Clock Boys is one of the hardest movies we’ve seen in a long time, hands down, exploring a city and a culture that just doesn’t give a fuck (and featuring Baltimore himies like Schwarz on the soundtrack) the film gets more done in it’s 75 minutes than most documentaries do in twice that.

TAPE BAG #1: I HAVEN’T GOTTEN OFF MY COUCH IN DAYS.

Talking shit on random tapes cuz I wanna. Round one: Mongrel, Skinny Puppy, Madonna, Gowanus Mutant Kommandos, Temple of the Dog and MORE.

R.I.P RICKY LUANDA OF CHAIN GANG

Ricky Luanda of the experimental NYC punk band Chain Gang, one of the coolest bands ever, passed away earlier this week from esophogeal cancer. Watch 10 minutes of the bands’ rare, legendary, batshit crazy 1980′s film “MONDO MANHATTAN” right here.

ALWAYS KEEP THE CAMERA RUNNING: MAKS SUSKI’S VIDEOS OF THE NYC MUSIC SCENE

Maks Suski has been hard at work documenting live music in NYC on video for the last 4 years; we asked him to compile a list of some of his favorite videos that he’s shot, a list that includes Japanther, Action Bronson, Death Grips, Culo, Crystal Castles, Limp Wrist, Black Pus and more.

THERE IS A TINY LEG A QUARTER OF AN INCH BELOW YOUR TENTH RIB.

“Although Tiny Leg’s sound owes much of it’s inspiration to the Oakland glucose and thumbtrack scenes of the mid-nineties, and has been called by HotFridge magazine ‘a thumbcore homage to the sound of Velvet Curtis and Taco’ and ‘a slick-stale, neo-juicy, post-hipster alchemy, somewhere in between gluke-wave and puke-base’ by PeckerwoodsToday, those sentences are too journalistic and not souague enough, if one may permit my french.”

DAWN OF HUMANS, HANK WOOD & THE HAMMERHEADS, AND PHARMAKON PLAYED PS1 SATURDAY NIGHT (FULL SETS)

PUNK NOT ART NOISE NOT MUSIC ACK ACK ACK ACK

TOD SEELIE’S “BRIGHT NIGHTS” BOOK RELEASE & PHOTO SHOW AT SUPERCHIEF GALLERY AT CULTUREFIX (VIDEO)

Tod Seelie’s book release and photo show at Superchief Gallery at CultureFix was a celebration of the last 15 years of New York’s underground, for sure; but it also kept an eye on the future.

FUCKED UP CLOSED OUT 285 KENT’S LAST SHOW (FULL SET)

285 Kent finished it’s run last Sunday night; check out full video of Fucked Up’s headlining set right here.

SUPERCHIEF GALLERY AT MIAMI ART BASEL 2013: WILL SMITH CAN SUCK IT.

Superchief Gallery’s showing at Select Fair 2013 is even bigger, better and more batshit crazy than our 2012 showing was – check out photos here, and for homies in Miami, we’ll be at the Catalina Hotel all this week!

STACY KRANITZ’S SKATOPIA (50+ Photos From a Burnout’s Paradise)

Photographer Stacy Kranitz recently journeyed to Skatopia, a famed 88 acre skate park/commune in Ohio which was founded in 1995, documented in the 2010 film of the same name, and once described by writer Kevin Duffel as “a demented mess that meets halfway between an anarchistic Mad Maxian Thunderdome and a utopian skateboard society.” Goddamn if it isn’t one of the best things we’ve ever seen.