We thought we’d take a look at the top posts of 2012 here on QueensNYC. Not surprising, Hurricane Sandy was huge on the site, plus a little real estate, border lands, and brunch.
Here are the top 10 posts from this year.
Curbed, in their Camera Obscura column, had Nathan Kensigner head to the Rockaway Peninsula to take some photos of the area after Hurricane Sandy. His work is always excellent, and this report is no different. It’s a surreal landscape now, and in the words of one Edgemere resident, “It’s like a bad dream that I can’t wake up from.”
Image source: Curbed
We are a city that loves to brunch, and brunch is alive and well in Queens…with a few twists. Here are some standout places to brunch it up in 3 neighborhoods. Don’t be surprised to see a burger with an egg on top, jumbo mimosas, or dim sum — these are some of the best places for weekend grub.
While we know that Hurricane Sandy took its toll on the area, we did come across some images that reflect one of our coping mechanisms – humor. Here a selection that amused us in particular. Most come from Facebook.
Image source: Facebook
Two places that got hit particularly hard during Hurricane Sandy were LIC and the Rockaways. Breezy Point was particularly hard hit (it is located on the west side of the Rockaway peninsula, and the western tip is known for its excellent birdwatching oportunities) with water and wind and fires. This morning, one woman we met from Sunnyside said that her parents’ house down there was not destroyed by fire (the fire stopped about 100 feet away from the house) but that the house was moved off its foundation by the water and wind.
Image source: caitlynn_kirrky on Instagram – “Breezy Point , we will rebuild and come back better. Still seems so unreal in just a matter of a day everyone’s home got destroyed, it’s just devastating how breezy now looks like a war zone.”
What actually divides Queens and Brooklyn? There’s no great wall or border patrol to mark the line between Brooklyn and Queens. The Queens-Brooklyn border issue has been confounding the two boroughs, especially residents of Ridgewood and Bushwick, for hundreds of years.
We’ve come across some online resources that may help you in your search for gasoline, whether it’s to power your car, generator, or whatever else you need to handle life in this post-Sandy world.
Image source: Wikimedia Commons
We did a little poking around to see what we could find for $250K around the region. In Queens, we’ve included a traditional 2 bedroom in Forest Hills. For $1K more in Manhattan the apartment is a cozy 130 square foot studio. In Brooklyn, its also a studio, but of course a bit larger. Moving up to Westchester, we’ve got a two bedroom, and up in Dutchess we’ve included a log cabin with 5 acres. Yes, the range here is 130 square feet to 5 acres.
We thought we’d post a side by side comparison of Breezy Point after the fires during Hurricane Sandy, from an aerial perspective. Both images come from Google Maps.
Image source: Google Maps
Image source: nmarie on Flickr
It was almost instantaneous – our friends and neighbors around New York City identified the needs of those hit hardest by the surges of Sandy and swung into action. Want to help, too? The following resources are designed to connect your resources – good stuff, man-power, funds, blood, and clothes – to those in need in the Tri-State region and in Queens.