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A Snapshot of the NYC Rockaways 3 Months After Sandy [Photos]

By Samira Bouaou
Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 22, 2013 Last Updated: January 26, 2013
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The beach at the Neponsit area of the Rockaways, Queens, Jan. 21. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

The beach at the Neponsit area of the Rockaways, Queens, Jan. 21. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

NEW YORK—The Rockaway Peninsula, just 11 miles long, was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in late October.

Volunteers streamed to the area and aid organizations set up bases to help residents clear debris and begin to recover. The National Guard and Army came. Residents tried to decide whether to stay or go.

But now, almost a quarter of a year after Sandy, extensive damage remains and much less help arrives

The Rockaways

Population: 114, 978 (2010)
Length: 11 miles
Width: 3/4 of a mile (average)

for residents, according to one volunteer.

These photos show the current situation in the middle of the peninsula, as well as the southeastern point, Breezy Point, where a fire’s rapid spread decimated more than 100 homes.

An area of the Breezy Point neighborhood in Queens, New York, on Jan. 16, where at least 125 houses were burned during Hurricane Sandy. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

An area of the Breezy Point neighborhood in Queens, New York, on Jan. 16, where at least 125 houses were burned during Hurricane Sandy. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

 

Debris of all sorts is still scattered over the Breezy Point area, Queens, Jan. 16. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

Debris of all sorts is still scattered over the Breezy Point area, Queens, Jan. 16. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

 

A Christmas tree with gifts stands at the site of a destroyed home in Breezy Point, Queens, Jan. 16. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

A Christmas tree with gifts stands at the site of a destroyed home in Breezy Point, Queens, Jan. 16. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

 

Greek (L) and Nick look for a way to attach their truck to a trailer in the Neponsit area of the Rockaways in Queens, New York, Jan. 16. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

Greek (L) and Nick look for a way to attach their truck to a trailer in the Neponsit area of the Rockaways in Queens, New York, Jan. 16. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

 

Far Rockaways residents line up for Hurricane Sandy disaster relief food and clothing at the Community Church of the Nazarene in Queens, New York, Jan. 16. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

Far Rockaways residents line up for Hurricane Sandy disaster relief food and clothing at the Community Church of the Nazarene in Queens, New York, Jan. 16. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

 

Far Rockaways residents sign up for disaster relief at the Community Church of the Nazarene in Queens, New York, Jan. 16. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

Far Rockaways residents sign up for disaster relief at the Community Church of the Nazarene in Queens, New York, Jan. 16. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

 

A destroyed house from the Neponsit area of the Rockaways, Queens, Jan. 21. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

A destroyed house from the Neponsit area of the Rockaways, Queens, Jan. 21. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

 

A City of New York Parks and Recreation staff member removes sand that is left on the streets almost three months after Hurricane Sandy hit the Rockaways. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

A City of New York Parks and Recreation staff member removes sand that is left on the streets almost three months after Hurricane Sandy hit the Rockaways. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

 

A board alongside the Neponsit beach in the Rockaways on Jan. 21. Messages of encouragement and solidarity are scattered throughout the Rockaways on boards, signs and cut-out stars. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

A board alongside the Neponsit beach in the Rockaways on Jan. 21. Messages of encouragement and solidarity are scattered throughout the Rockaways on boards, signs and cut-out stars. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

 

Kids resume their normal activities in the Rockaways, Queens. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

Kids resume their normal activities in the Rockaways, Queens. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

 

New York Cares volunteers from various groups such as Hudson River Healthcare donated their time to help Sandy victims clean up their homes on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the Rockaways, Queens. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

New York Cares volunteers from various groups such as Hudson River Healthcare donated their time to help Sandy victims clean up their homes on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the Rockaways, Queens. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

 

New York Cares volunteers helping Sandy victims clean up their homes on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the Rockaways, Queens. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

New York Cares volunteers helping Sandy victims clean up their homes on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the Rockaways, Queens. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

 

The Breezy Point neighborhood in Queens, New York, on Jan. 16, where at least 125 houses got burned during Hurricane Sandy. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

The Breezy Point neighborhood in Queens, New York, on Jan. 16, where at least 125 houses got burned during Hurricane Sandy. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

 

A Breezy Point resident talks with a volunteer on Jan. 16. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

A Breezy Point resident talks with a volunteer on Jan. 16. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

 

Far Rockaway neighborhood residents of Queens affected by Hurricane Sandy pick up clothing on Jan. 16. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

Far Rockaway neighborhood residents of Queens affected by Hurricane Sandy pick up clothing on Jan. 16. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

 

A destroyed house from the Neponsit area of the Rockaways, Queens, on Jan. 21. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

A destroyed house from the Neponsit area of the Rockaways, Queens, on Jan. 21. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

 

Jedidiah Jacobowitz from NYC Rapid Repairs in Breezy Point, Queens, on Jan. 16. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

Jedidiah Jacobowitz from NYC Rapid Repairs in Breezy Point, Queens, on Jan. 16. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

 

Residents and workers enjoy a break at the Tavern in Breezy Point, Jan. 16. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

Residents and workers enjoy a break at the Tavern in Breezy Point, Jan. 16. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

 

Electricity is being restored at the St. Francis De Sales School and church in the Rockaways, Queens, on Jan. 21. Regular classes restarted on Jan. 22. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

Electricity is being restored at the St. Francis De Sales School and church in the Rockaways, Queens, on Jan. 21. Regular classes restarted on Jan. 22. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

 

 

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