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Last Thursday was the type of the day that is the reason people live in Roxbury, the small hamlet on the western Rockaway Peninsula between Breezy Point and Riis Park. The warm summer sun illuminated the beige sand that scattered along the narrow walkway “streets” of the gated community.
A crowd of neighbors gathered in front of 402 Seabreeze Ave., where Lorraine and Doris Gresser anxiously waited to climb the steps to her front porch and walk into their home.
City Comptroller Scott Stringer has begun making offers to victims of the April 30 flood in Lindenwood that the city blamed on failure of a key piece of flood-control infrastructure.
The city’s Office of Emergency Management last month published updated hurricane evacuation zones.
And while adjustments are slight from ones prepared in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, OEM has been spending the last few weeks getting the message out about the new maps, and precautions Queens residents should exercise before a storm hits.
If Howard Beach had its own Facebook page, it would perhaps not come as a surprise if its relationship status were “It’s complicated.”
In it’s relatively short, turbulent history, the neighborhood has experienced some of the worst of nature’s elements — and has also been forced to contend with some of man’s own nuisances.
The city Department of Environmental Protection took responsibility for the April 30 flood that struck Lindenwood, claiming a failure with the Spring Creek sewer overflow facility, as residents prepare to file a lawsuit against the city, claiming negligence caused the inundation that damaged dozens of homes and some residents said was worse than Hurricane Sandy.
According to the agency, the storm caused two wastewater treatment facilities along Jamaica Bay — one in Brooklyn and one in JFK Airport — that deal with storm runoff from a section of city stretching from East Flatbush, Brooklyn to the Nassau County border, to reach capacity, as well as the Spring Creek location.
For Lindenwood residents, there was no doubt that the April 30 flood, which struck the neighborhood during a heavy rainstorm, was abnormal.
But while the city asserts that flood was due to a failure of the sewer overflow facility in Spring Creek, some residents say there is still a problem and the city is ignoring it.
Families in Lindenwood spent most of last Thursday cleaning out their basements and trying to salvage what they could after a storm dumped more than five inches of rain over Queens on April 30, causing a flash flood to hit the community.
Last week’s floods took the neighborhood, located alongside Spring and Ralph creeks — tributaries of Jamaica Bay — by surprise. Though the area was hit by Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge in 2012, it was not affected as badly as the rest of Howard Beach. That made last week’s flood even more surprising.
Lindenwood resident James Noto lives four blocks east of Spring Creek, but whenever it rains, the basement of his home on the corner of 81st Street and 153rd Avenue essentially becomes part of it.
For years now, during heavy rainstorms, sewer backup has flooded his basement, causing mold and mildew to develop and forcing Noto to spend a fortune in repairs.
Unless you’re looking for it, the Iroquois Yacht Club is not really that easy to find. It’s not even easy to find even if you are looking for it. It doesn’t sit on land, but rather on an offshore wooden platform several dozen yards off Broad Channel similar to a resort in the South Pacific you might ogle on the cover of a travel magazine. To get to the Iroquois Yacht Club, one must walk out over Jamaica Bay on a wooden boardwalk — given the name East 12th Road by the city — and turn left at the end of the “block,” past a number of summer homes. Under your feet are the shallow marshy waters of this part of the bay. Ahead of you are marshlands and distant buildings rising in Far Rockaway. The A train cuts across in the foreground.
It should come as no surprise that this wooden island that is home to the Iroquois Yacht Club was wrecked when Hurricane Sandy slammed into the coast on Oct. 29, 2012.
The state-backed committee tasked with coming up with more than $18 million in recovery plans after Hurricane Sandy in Howard Beach presented its proposals to the public on Tuesday in the next step toward making those ideas a reality.
Armed with nine plans, including flood remediation, establishing relief centers and funding resiliency programs, the committee, part of the statewide New York Rising program, allowed members of the public to vote for their favorite ideas at a six-hour open house at Russo’s on The Bay.
While the rest of us were digging out of six to 12 inches of snow this past weekend, a dozen families on Beach 84th Street in Rockaway Park were trying to prevent their homes from being flooded — again.
This time it wasn’t Jamaica Bay that was flooding the street. Instead, it was a water main break, which inundated the block north of Beach Channel Drive and left a huge crater in front of one house. As the temperatures got colder, the flood iced up, turning the block into a giant skating rink.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last Friday that he will allocate $50 million from the state’s share of the $67 billion federal Hurricane Sandy aid package toward rebuilding protective marshland in Spring Creek Park to serve as a stronger barrier between Howard Beach and Jamaica Bay and alleviate future flooding in storms like Sandy.
The project, developed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, will involve excavation, recontouring, and revegetation to establish a self-sustaining system of wave-dampening barriers to reduce storm damage on the south and west coasts of Howard Beach. It would also make the land, which is a public park, into a more inviting and functional space.
St. Sebastian’s Parish in Woodside has been preparing its Nov. 23 fundraiser for disaster relief in the Philippines for nearly a month.
“But we had been planning that in response to the earthquake [on Oct. 15],” the Rev. Msgr. Michael Hardiman said. “Now they’ve been hit with this typhoon. So we’ve just ratcheted up the response.”
From Sara Barbera’s kitchen, the view outside the great window is like a painting canvas. The crystal blue water of Hawtree Creek, the vivid green of the coastal flora, the white clouds shimmering in front of the seemingly endless blue sky. It could be easily mistaken for a painting if not for the moving water or flying birds.
But if everything has a downside, Barbera’s is that her house bore the brunt of Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge one year ago.
Surfers are still plying the waves in the Rockaways nearly a year after Hurricane Sandy. But one of their favorite stores, the Breezy Point Surf Shop, is struggling to avoid a wipeout.
Almost a year ago, Hurricane Sandy destroyed the store. Owner Donald Ritter watched the storm wash away $80,000 worth of merchandise and his life savings. He did not have any flood insurance.
A Fresh Meadows woman was arrested Tuesday by for allegedly scamming more than $87,000 in benefits, claiming she was a victim of Hurricane Sandy.
Caterina M. Curatolo, 48, of 59-13 159 St., was charged with grand larceny, insurance fraud, scheme to defraud and multiple counts of offering a false instrument for filing and falsifying business records. If convicted, she faces up to seven years in prison.
Days after repairs were made to a Howard Beach home’s gas line, it exploded, partially collapsing the house with its plume and sending one woman to the hospital, according to fire officials.
For most people, growing up in Queens often meant a trip to “the butcher,” “the meat market” or simply “the store.”
The latter may sound vague, but any Queens native knows that does not mean a supermarket or Queens Center mall.
MillionTreesNYC was established to greenify public spaces in the city, but private spaces, including backyards, apartment building courtyards and community gardens, are not included in the initiative.
In an effort to bring some of the greenery to Queens’ private areas, the Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance and the New York Restoration Project will be giving away 200 trees on Sunday in MacDonald Park in Forest Hills at Queens Boulevard and 70th Avenue from 1 to 3 p.m.
When you search “New Music” on Google, the results are overwhelming. New hip-hop, pop, Latin, new wave, classical and other genres are listed for what seems to be an infinite number of pages. But while none of these genres are new music, they aren’t entirely wrong either, as the new music genre cannot be confined or compared to any other music type.
New music is classical, in that many composers write for violin, piano or flute, but it is also pop in that it uses electronic sounds and riffs; even still, it is also opera, rock, hip-hop and other music types.
There will never again be a tropical storm or hurricane named Sandy.
The World Meteorological Organization’s hurricane committee, responsible for naming tropical cyclones around the world, has retired Sandy from its list of names.
In the midst of shared kitten pictures and snarky political comments, a Howard Beach resident’s quest for information appears on a Facebook News Feed:
“Hearing some of my neighbors have had their insurance policies dropped, anyone else?”
Even as residents begin to rebuild their homes and lives after Hurricane Sandy, residents in South Queens areas flooded by the storm surge on Oct. 29 are noticing something strange and worrying.
Most of the decorative evergreen shrubs that dot the front lawns of private homes are turning brown and some have lost their leaves and died. The question on everyone’s mind is “why?”
The Waterfront Crab House weathered the storm and reopened post-Sandy on Feb. 12.
The neighborhood staple has served up steaming bowls of clam chouder and papered its walls with boxing memorbilia since it opened in 1977. During Sandy, the restaurant at 2-03 Borden Ave. filled with 7 feet of water. Without flood insurance, they have been paying for the remodelling of the establishment.