Here are two articles about what we know so far: "Sandy's US toll climbs to 39; 8.5 million without power" and "10 things to know about Sandy's impact" both provide general summaries of the damage.
Subways flooded, historic buildings destroyed, and lives devastated. Many festivities nationwide are being canceled or postponed to focus on this, as they should. I know kids here who have worried themselves sick about relatives in the affected areas.
There's no fighting against Mother Nature.
We shall see what the recoveries bring.