Stéphane Missier alias Charles le Brigand, a Brooklyn-based photographer, took photos of pyramids in the borough of Queens in New York City, December 30, 2012.
Photographer Stephane Missier was biking through the borough of Queens in New York City after the recent superstorm when, to his astonishment, what did he see but -- lo and behold -- pyramids.
"Different thoughts came to mind when I saw these manmade pyramids made out of sifted sand… the ‘Dark Side of the Moon,’ the Sahara and pre-Columbian pyramids," he told reporters in an email on Thursday.
Missier, a Brooklyn-based photographer also known as Charles le Brigand, spotted the pyramids in a parking lot at Jacob Riis Park near the Rockaway Peninsula on December 30, 2012, according to Yahoo! News.
He had been documenting New York’s condition from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy when he came across the 18 artificial sand pyramids, measuring 30 feet tall (just over 9 meters).
The manmade pyramidal dunes showed the amount of sand Sandy had relocated in a single area of New York.
The photos show workers of the area had moved over 12,000 cubic meters of sand to the parking lot since the end of the storm in October.
"Construction trucks, hauling machinery on the site as well as conveyor belts, generators, watch towers, and pole lights gave me the impression of being on some kind of a spatial station. Definitely not in New York," Missier said.
Missier described the sights he saw on his excursions around the area commonly known as the Rockaways shortly after the hurricane as “heartbreaking."
"I have no words to describe what I saw that day," he added.
New Jersey was also severely affected by Sandy, which made part of the state look like a desert landscape.
At least 17 US states suffered severe damage from the storm, with estimated property losses put at 20 billion dollars and business losses put at 10 to 30 billion, making it one of the United States’ costliest natural disasters on record, according to the forecasting firm IHS Global Insight.