Residents of Rockaway Beach descended on City Hall in Lower Manhattan Saturday, demanding that their beaches be rebuilt right now.
The city is pouring $266 million to restore the beaches. The price tag for Rockaway Beach alone is $147 million.
The Rockaways had a furry visitor today. It spent the morning on the beach and was monitored by Urban Park Ranger Martha Brodylo while it basked.
Michelle Brosh, who lost everything in Superstorm Sandy, said her dog ran out of a friend’s house Thursday and was hit by a car before taking off down the street.
The project was brought to New York by the Art Production Fund and coincides with two fundraisers to help Sandy victims being run by by Waves for Water and New York Foundation for the Arts.
The Rockaway Beach Boulevard offices of ‘The Wave’ were destroyed by Sandy and the weekly staff is now working out a rented second floor office on rented computers to put out Friday’s first post-storm edition.
Superstorm Sandy blasted through the New York metro area a whole month ago, but some shoreline residents remain without heat.
“I thought it was a great thing to do for the community and the volunteers,” said Brad Sterl, CEO of the Pittsfield-based company. “We tried to do something that we could help with and food is one thing we do.”
When the Rockaway Peninsula got blasted by Hurricane Sandy, the police were hit like everyone else — battered and flooded.
The Rockaways in Queens remained without power Wednesday night following Superstorm Sandy, and fears were mounting that looters would continue to exploit the disaster for their personal gain.
While the raging fire in Breezy Point received much of the attention in the wake of Superstorm Sandy in the Rockaways, destruction on the peninsula in Queens is far more widespread.
Rockaway Beach was on the list for areas of New York City deemed Zone A for evacuation purposes, and by Sunday night, Hurricane Sandy had sent the floodwaters rising.
A 33-year-old man was killed overnight in a crash in Rockaway Beach.
The Coast Guard’s New York Command Center received a Mayday call at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday that six people were in the water after their vessel capsized.
The Rockaways suffered something of an unsavory reputation in the 90s and early aughts, but new construction, a slew of recent noshing opportunities and a renovated 5.5-mile boardwalk have encouraged a new generation of surfers, hipsters, families and hangers-out to discover the Queens and Brooklyn shores. It’s an easy trek on the A train or by car, so as the Ramones once warbled, “hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach” and discover what some are now calling Williamsburg by the sea.