Last year, a storm surge left most of the then-thriving community under water. Then, a day later, a raging fire finished off what Mother Nature started.
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.
On Tuesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg toured the site at Crescent Beach on Tuesday where the 2,000 foot long berm is going in.
Evidence of Sandy’s wrath still remains in communities across Long Island. Nearly 100,000 buildings were destroyed in the storm, causing more than $8 billion in damage. Parts of the Long Island Rail Road were washed away and permanent repairs won’t be finished for another five years.
Superstorm Sandy evacuees from Staten Island and Queens given a place to live for the past year by a church in New Milford, Conn. are moving on.
Many residents of the Rockaways and neighboring Breezy Point are reflecting on the progress made over the past year while acknowledging the problems still evident. Meanwhile, In New Jersey, the Seaside Heights boardwalk and amusement park remains under construction one year after being partially destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, and damaged again in September 2013 by an electrical fire.
Speaking Tuesday on Coney Island, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city has “made an enormous amount of progress” over the past year.
“Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy” features photos taken by professionals and amateurs.
Nick Honachefsky’s home in Camp Osborn, N.J., was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. He joined us on The Couch to tell us about his story — and why he’s not sure he can rebuild just yet.
Seven Jets players — including Bilal Powell and Matt Simms — are volunteering Tuesday to help spackle, sheetrock and paint the damaged St. Rose High School and Convent in Belmar, N.J.
“Today, we remember our fellow Americans who lost their lives to that storm, and we comfort the families who grieve them still,” Obama said in a statement Tuesday.
Sandy’s damage was devastating and deadly. The storm was blamed for at least 68 deaths in New York and 71 in New Jersey with property damages estimated at $65 billion.
Hit hard by Superstorm Sandy a year ago, the Oakwood Beach neighborhood of Staten Island has become the first officially to give up on rebuilding.
There are signs of recovery in the Queens waterfront neighborhood a year later, although many residents have not returned.
Volunteers for her group, Feeding Family, are growing vegetables for meals at community gardens and cooking meals for 600 families a week.