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Hurricane Sandy: Aftermath

We offer a glimpse of Sandy's impact here through our camera lens.  The real story can only be told by those who lived through it.  We welcome your photographic images and stories for our archives, so that those in the future will know what happened here in Tottenville on October 29-30, 2012 and the days ahead. 

Hurricane Sandy: Aftermath: November 6

November 6, 2012

Media coverage of Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath has been comprehensive and ongoing and we know that news of the devastation here in Tottenville has reached people all over the world. The Tottenville Historical Society wishes to express its sincere appreciation to everyone who has contacted us expressing their deep concern and sorrow in the wake of the storms that ravaged the area one week ago. 

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Hurricane Sandy: Aftermath: January 10, 2013

It was an unusually mild winter's day here in Tottenville and so we revisited the waterfront area to see what has changed since our last visit.  The streets below Billop Ave. along Raritan Bay were empty - Yetman Ave., Manhattan St., Rockaway St.  Many houses remain closed up and covered with plywood and plastic.   Some families whose houses are inhabitable have returned.  Those living in temporary housing elsewhere wait for insurance companies and federal assistance to arrive.  The NYC Parks Dept. was busy clearing debris from the foot of Page Ave.  The parking lot there is once again visible.     

Hurricane Sandy: Aftermath: December 1

December 1, 2012

More than a month has passed since Sandy battered our community.   For many, the electricity has been turned on, water heaters and boilers are again working or have been replaced, and reconstruction has begun.  But for some people, the nightmare continues as they deal with contractors, insurance companies, city and state agencies as well as FEMA.  The question of rebuilding along the waterfront is once again debated.  Who will decide and how long will it take?

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Hurricane Sandy: 2013

10/20/2013:  One year later we revisited the Tottenville  waterfront area hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy.  The first stop was the Lenape Playground of Conference  House Park located at Main St. and Billop Ave., then along Billop to Rockaway St. and Tottenville Beach.  The playground has reopened and the streets are clear.  Many houses are decorated for Halloween.  Lawns are green and front yards are still filled with beautiful summer flowers.  An occasional "House For Sale" sign dots each block along with just a handful of contractor's advertisement signs.  Very few houses are empty and boarded up.  The condemned buildings  have been removed from the streetscape. 

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