Six months after Hurricane Sandy rampaged through the tranquil seaside community of Breezy Point, 2,400 of the 2,800 homes remain unoccupied. Hundreds more have burned down or been condemned and demolished.
“Seven homes on my block are either gone or red-tagged for demolition,” says Michael Sullivan, 52, who guided me through the Queens community under a bright blue April sky shortly before Monday’s half-year milestone. “I only moved my family back in full time two weekends ago. They were gonna shut off all power and water on my block for a week to take down the other homes. I had to stop them because this is such a ghost town now that nobody knew we were even back.”…more