Three days after Sandy devastated the Rockaways, Paul Lurrie started snapping pictures. Lurrie said for months the landscape around Belle Harbor, Neponset and Breezy Point remained the same.
Meantime, nearly a year after Sandy hit, residents of the Rockaways said there is still much work to be done despite some big progress.
The storm barrier of more than 7,500 bags filled with 20,000 tons of sand will stretch from Beach 55th Street to Beach 149th Street when the dune construction project begins next month.
Sandy caused billions of dollars in damage and left tens of thousands of people homeless after coming ashore Oct. 29. Six months later, major issues including housing, business, tourism and coastal protection still remain.
Belle Harbor, Queens was one of the New York City neighborhoods hit particularly hard by superstorm Sandy. For the businesses there, coming back has been and continues to be a struggle.
The rooms at Belle Harbor Manor Assisted Living Center are empty of residents due to damage from the superstorm.
A school that became a relief center in the Rockaways after superstorm Sandy is a school again.
A family in Belle Harbor, Queens, was happy to report Sunday that their dog was back home alive and well, after being rescued just in time.
In Belle Harbor, volunteers pitched in to help the Red Cross feed Sandy-affected residents on this Christmas.
The power had been out since superstorm Sandy hit nearly two months ago, but electricity was finally restored on Christmas Eve.
For some, all they want from Santa this year is a check from FEMA and their insurance company to help cover the damage sustained to their homes.
Hundreds of Superstorm Sandy victims in the Rockaways filled a church looking for help and answers from officials Wednesday night, but many walked away even more frustrated.
P.S./M.S. 114 and P.S. Q256 opened their doors, the Department of Education said. It was the first time students were allowed back into their schools since the storm hit.
Many stores are closed and people from Far Rockaway are walking 50 to 60 blocks to line up for food at St. Francis De Sales Parish in Belle Harbor.
In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, we keep hearing the refrain, “We’re all in this together.” One family from the Rockaways has proved how that works.