The Year of Sandy: Coney Island

One year after the storm, most residents of Coney Island are back in their homes.
One year after the storm, residents of Coney Island seek to turn the page on a difficult year. Credit: Emily Johnson

The Year of Sandy

One year ago, when the Atlantic Ocean receded to its proper place, the devastation it had wrought was all too apparent in the morning light. Help poured in from out of state, from other parts of the city, from neighbors.

But relief efforts of that scale never last, and winter wore on. For people from Coney Island to Staten Island to the Rockaways, Sandy didn’t fade away when the next disaster hit.

It was a long year.

Coney Island

A sign outside the Coney Island Gospel Assembly proclaims Sunday “A day of faith, hope and love.”

For event manager Sharon Lundy, it’s a day of renewal.

“This is commemorating the resiliency of this community after Sandy,” says Lundy, a parishioner who lost everything on the first floor of her home in the storm.

On the surface, Coney Island looks like it always has. But despite highly visible progress — Nathan’s Famous is back and better than ever, the Mermaid Parade went on as scheduled, the aquarium is repaired and the library at long last opened its doors last week — about a quarter of the area’s 48,000 residents reported after the storm that their homes were ruined, according to FEMA.

Residents and small business owners are still wrangling with government agencies over limited funding. Visibility is a problem: A recent $2 million donation from the National Football League left Coney Island out completely.

Sunday’s event marks the end of a difficult year in Coney Island, a sometimes-forgotten community where sinkholes remain a lingering problem. A woman from the Red Cross is inside the sanctuary, doing a presentation on disaster preparedness. The Mercy Chefs are on hand to feed thousands of families, just as they did after the storm.

This time, however, it will be a sit-down dinner — a fitting way to turn the page on a year that, if nothing else, brought a renewed sense of closeness to a formerly tight-knit, classically New York community that had drifted apart in recent years.

“It’s been like old times,” Lundy said. “It did bring the community closer together. And it’s lasted: We just borrowed a generator for this event from my neighbor.”

 Check out the slideshow below.

The Year of Sandy: The Rockaways

The Year of Sandy: Staten Island

Follow Emily Johnson on Twitter @emilyjreports



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Monday is the deadline to register for Pennsylvania…

If residents want to vote in the May primary, which includes a vote for a new City Council member, today is the deadline to register.

National

Miss America thinks school should reconsider discipline of…

A Pa. student was suspended for asking Miss America to prom.

Local

Aria Health Torresdale workers caught selling prescription drugs

Two Aria Health at Torresdale employees were fired amid accusations they sold prescription drugs out of the Northeast Philadelphia campus.

National

Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter died Sunday from prostate cancer…

Former U.S. professional boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who spent 19 years in prison for murder and then was released after it was determined he did not get a fair trial,…

Music

Loop are, er, um, back in the loop

Experimental noise rock band Loop's three mid-1980s to early-1990s albums, “Heavens End,” “Fade Out” and “A Gilded Eternity,” were mercifully reissued.

Television

'Orphan Black' recap: Episode 1, ‘Nature Under Constraint…

Welcome to your first Season 2 “Orphan Black” recap! Hopefully Tatiana Maslany can help Tatiana Maslany get through this, with the help of Tatiana Maslany,…

Books

Poems from prison: 'How to Survive a Bullet…

Celebrate National Poetry Month with, "'How to Survive a Bullet to the Heart."

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

MLB

Phillies notebook: Cole Hamels returns this week

The Phillies should receive a big boost when Cole Hamels returns during the Dodgers series.

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.