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Hurricane Sandy

Six Months Since Superstorm Sandy – Battered But Showing Signs of Life – Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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This weekend, my mother and I took a look at the southern trail going west around the West Pond, which now has been reshaped into a tidal inlet by Hurricane Sandy. There is now need for a gondola ferry service. © Frank H. Jump

November 3, 2012 – NOAA image

An aerial view after Superstorm Sandy shows the breach to the West Pond. Salt water now pours into the pond, endangering the habitat for wildlife, including snapping turtles, muskrats and migrating birds. The National Park Service is mulling ways to restore a portion of the pond as freshwater. – Lisa Colangelo – NY DAILY NEWS

Osprey mating pair in nest © Frank H. Jump

Pines damaged by the salt water © Frank H. Jump

Great Egret mating pair © Frank H. Jump

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Rockaway Beach – Far Rockaway – Long Beach – Hurricane Sandy Aftermath & PLUS! Some Fading Ads

Riis Park Parking Lot Becomes A Garbage Dump – Hurricane Sandy Aftermath

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Fire-Ruined Homes in Belle Harbor – Beach 129th Street – Hurricane Sandy Aftermath

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Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly Pays a Visit to Fire-Ravaged Harbor Light Pub – Belle Harbor, QU – Hurricane Sandy Aftermath

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Hurricane Sandy Leaves the Rockaways in Tatters

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Hurricane Sandy Blasts The Rockaways – Belle Harbor

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My friend Barbara and I walked to the beach from the bay along Beach 124th Street during a tearful visit to our friends Lisa and Allison today. Two blocks before the beach, the sand begins to pile up and gets up to three feet deep by the time you get to the end of the beach block. On the way, large chunks of the boardwalk the size of decks and terraces are strewn on what were once manicured lawns and cars were tossed like toys upside-down in driveways and in front of homes, alongside buildings and the seawall along the bay. Streets are lined with debris and the waterlogged contents of residents’ basements, garages and other flooded areas of their homes.

I was conceived in Rockaway Beach, born in Far Rockaway, and lived the first eight months of my life in Belle Harbor before moving to Laurelton, Queens for eight years and later Howard Beach for another eight years until I moved out on my own at 17 in 1977.  Much of my childhood and teenage years were spent on these beaches, bobbing up and down in the salty sea like a pickle in brine. This is the place of my origin.  It is my home. It breaks my heart to see it torn and tattered,  chewed up and spit out like splintered flotsam from the mouth of an insatiable Leviathan. I know that one day soon I will see it rebuilt and restored. My heart goes out to my friends and family and everyone who have lost loved ones to and have had to endure this terrible disaster whose name is bitterly left behind painted on plywood and banners – and physically blanketed throughout the once resplendent coastal communities of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. One day soon, these seaside towns will sparkle in the sun.

The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – Howard Beach & Broad Channel

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