11/01/12 2:00pm


Image source: WSJ

The Wall Street Journal reports about a fire in Rockaway Park, “a two-block commercial strip of more than a dozen buildings continued to burn Wednesday afternoon.” The situation was ghastly for everyone:

“The fire started Monday evening, residents said, but like the devastating fire nearby in Breezy Point that leveled more than 100 homes, the blaze at Rockaway Park went unchecked that night for hours as firefighters were hampered by floodwaters.”


10/31/12 12:00pm


Image source: WNYC

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.

It’s a heartbreaking scene down there. 111 homes burned to the ground, according to CBS. This image below is incredible – click to enlarge.

This aerial photo shows burned-out homes in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough New York after a fire on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The tiny beachfront neighborhood told to evacuate before Sandy hit New York burned down as it was inundated by floodwaters, transforming a quaint corner of the Rockaways into a smoke-filled debris field. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)


10/31/12 11:00am


Image source: Wikimedia Commons – Bob Turner in happier times

We were sorry to read in Business Insider about US Representative Bob Turner’s home in Breezy Point, which burned down during Hurricane Sandy. Our condolences go out to the congressman and his family. Losing one’s home – by fire, storm, earthquake, whatever – is a terrible thing to experience. (more…)