Rockaway Beach After Sandy

NYC has been my home for many years,  but,  my heart will always be on the beach in Rockaway… and right now, my heart is broken,  all our hearts are broken!

Welcome To Rockaway Beach

The beautiful beachRockaway Beach 129

Beach 119th Street

Rockaway Beach 125


Sisters home

Debbies House


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  1. Allison Johns April 30, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    The wreckage of Sandy is also getting reused in other ways. Art directors Allbriton Robbins and Hema Patel are taking driftwood from the New Jersey shoreline and painting it in bright stripes, selling the results for charity on their website Drift Relief . Each fragment is labeled with the name of the beach where it was found, in a poetic remembrance of the pre-storm landscape.

    • DeniseWinters May 1, 2013 at 12:32 am #

      I love that… thank you for letting me know about it! People still need so much, and you have just inspired something I haven’t considered before to help!

  2. Guadalupe H. Ryan June 25, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Restoring the beach and boardwalk is a long-term project. Construction equipment abounds and red flags mark areas where swimming is not yet allowed. Areas open to swimmers are subject to change but as of mid-June included Beach 75th to 86th streets and 108th to 146th streets. (Rockaway is notorious for riptides, so don’t swim without a lifeguard present.) Concrete boardwalk islands provide beach access at Beach 86th, 97th, 106th and 115th-117th streets. More information is at .

  3. August R. Graves July 2, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    Today, that mess is largely gone. Peek into a Rockaway yard and you’ll likely see someone mending a fence or installing new paneling on a home. The whine of drills and handsaws is so constant it hardly even registers. Down by the water, crews work around the clock to restore the beach in time for the massive crowds that flock there during summer, even if Sandy took the boardwalk with her when she left. To outsiders, it seems Rockaway is rising from its ashes. But who would know better than those that call this place home?

  4. Xavier P. Watts July 8, 2013 at 12:46 am #

    To find out if beaches are closed due to water quality, check the Health Department’s advisories before you head to the beach.

  5. Shelley A. Ayers July 8, 2013 at 3:52 am #

    “They took a punch in the stomach, there’s no question, but they’re back strong,” said Robert K. Steel, the city’s deputy mayor for economic development. The city spent $270 million to reopen its beaches, Steel said, noting that they’re “an important part of the New York experience” for locals and out-of-towners alike.

  6. Sherry B. Dyer July 10, 2013 at 12:41 am #

    Sections of the beach are closed between, B. 30th and B. 58th Streets, B. 86th and B. 88th Streets, B. 92nd and B.108th Streets.

  7. silver price August 4, 2013 at 5:47 am #

    These pictures are just heartbreaking. My sister< Judy, and I were raised in Belle Harbor at 155 B. 136th Street with “sand between our toes”. Any news on how my house and block faired would be appreciated. The beach was my “best friend” for many years and I also grew up with the legacy of Hurricane Donna–believing Belle Harbor was invincible. As my father often said, “We never even got a drop of water in the basement”. Any news would be appreciated.

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