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One Neighborhood's Remarkable Recovery From Superstorm Sandy In Before-And-After Photos

It's been two years since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the shores of New Jersey and New York. Here is how Breezy Point, Queens, has rebuilt in the past two years.

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Two years ago, Superstorm Sandy swept through New York and New Jersey, destroying homes and businesses, and rendering thousands without power or electricity for days.

One of the areas hit particularly hard was Breezy Point, Queens. These pictures show how Breezy Point looked during the aftermath of the storm in 2012, and how the area has rebuilt since:

Louise McCarthy carts belongings from her flood-damaged home as she passes the charred ruins of other homes in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York following Superstorm Sandy (top). The same site nearly two years later (bottom).


Anne Hoerning looks from her second-floor balcony at the remains of the more than 100 houses that burned during Sandy in Breezy Point (top) and replacements for houses that were destroyed by fire two years earlier (bottom).

Sheryl Parker (left) and her husband, John Walsh, visit their bungalow the morning after Sandy (top), and John Walsh watches from the porch of his bungalow as a tractor carries a load of wood for a house under construction (bottom).


A religious statue stands in the ashes of burned homes the morning after Superstorm Sandy in Breezy Point (top), and a bulldozer is parked in the same area nearly two years later. A concrete foundation (center) is all that remains of a house that burned to the ground.

This combination of photos shows the ruins of more than 100 homes in Breezy Point following Sandy and new construction to replace them of the course of two years.


Cathy O'Hanlon poses for a photo in front of the charred remains of her home in Breezy Point (top); Michael and Cathy O'Hanlon pose for a photo in front of their newly built home nearly two years later.

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