11/26/12 11:00am


Image source: NY Times/Google/FEMA

The NY Times has a cool interactive map called A Survey of the Flooding in N.Y.C. After the Hurricane. The most major flooding that happened in Queens was in the Rockaways and Jamaica Bay/Broad Channel, but the map shows us all the other areas that flooded significantly – LaGuardia and JFK airports; down into Flushing Meadows Corona Park; all along Little Neck Bay and then into Alley Pond Park; the areas bordering Newtown Creek; and Hunters Point in LIC. In general, areas along the shoreline flooded, some more than others.


11/12/12 9:30am


Image source: 60 Minutes

Last night the community of Belle Harbor was featured on 60 Minutes. This was the Rockaway neighborhood situated in the middle of the peninsula, that suffered not only from flooding but from fire during Hurricane Sandy. The folks interviewed in the video talked about various harrowing experiences during the storm – the explosion of a gas line which led to a kind of rain made of fire (embers); one person rescuing six people from a burning house, taking them across raging waters that appeared tsunami-like; and a family “making a break for it” as the floodwaters rose and threatened their lives in their home.


11/08/12 9:30am

We thought we’d do a little Hurricane Sandy video retrospective. If you have any you’d like us to add, please email us.

Here is Sandy while it expanded down near Florida.

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Credit: NOAA/NASA GOES Project


Hurricane Sandy as it develops and grows, moving up the eastern seaboard and moving on to land and slamming into the Northeast.

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11/05/12 3:00pm


Image source: NYDN

We learned that the home in Neponsit on the Rockaway peninsula that sold for $5.1 million in August is now uninhabitable after Hurricane Sandy came to visit. The NY Daily News reports, “The house was unoccupied when Hurricane Sandy hit. The first floor flooded, the foundation was ruptured, and the pool looked as if an earthquake hit it.” The house is located in Neponsit near Belle Harbor, which suffered from flooding and fire during the hurricane. (more…)

11/01/12 3:00pm


Image source: Alternet – Bruce Bavasso

The Chicago Tribune reports on yet a third fire in the Rockaways as a result of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy – this one in Belle Harbor, a small community on the Rockaway peninsula that gained national attention in November 2001 when American Airlines flight 587 crashed here, killing all aboard and five people on the ground. This community has seen deep grief, and this recent fire was no different. (more…)