How areas hit by superstorm Sandy look 4 years later


Superstorm Sandy hit the New York area four years ago on Oct. 29, destroying many coastal communities.

The storm killed 42 people in the city and forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes. Over 2,000 homes across the five boroughs were severely damaged and 15,000 were moderately damaged, according to 2012 and 2013 FEMA and Department of Buildings damage assessments.

Neighborhoods in Southern Queens, Southern Brooklyn, along the east and south shores of Staten Island and Southern Manhattan were some of the areas hit worst by the storm. Many neighborhoods continue to rebuild today. There are over 5,500 construction projects in the city's Build It Back program, according to a recent report from the office of Housing Recovery Operations. Over 2,400 of the projects have been completed, falling short of Mayor Bill de Blasio's goal to have 75 percent of the homes in the program completed by the end of 2016.

Still, progress is evident in many areas. Here's what some of the places hit worst by Sandy look like today.

Some buildings were still burning from fires caused by superstorm Sandy on Jamaica Walk in Breezy Point on Oct. 30, 2012.

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

Jamaica Walk in Breezy Point, Queens, on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Many of the 110 buildings destroyed by fire during superstorm Sandy have been rebuilt.

(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Snow covers the area where more than 100 houses caught on fire in Breezy Point during superstorm Sandy in November 2012.

(Credit: Charles Eckert)

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The north side of 2 Gotham Walk, which is still under construction, in Breezy Point on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016.

(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Seeping small quantities of oil, a giant oil tank from a resident's home rests on Beach 136th Street in Belle Harbor, Rockaways, in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy on Oct. 31, 2012. (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

Beach 136th Street in Belle Harbor, Rockaways, where a large oil tank rested on the street and sidewalk after superstorm Sandy on Oct. 17, 2016.

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

Beaches in the Rockaways were cluttered with debris in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy on Oct. 31, 2012.

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Restored beaches in Belle Harbor, Rockaways, from Beach 148th Street looking west toward Far Rockaway, on Oct. 17, 2016.

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Two days after superstorm Sandy hit New York, sections of Midland Beach remained flooded. Ten people died in Midland during the storm.

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Hunter Avenue in the Midland Beach section of Staten Island on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016.

(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Sections of Midland Beach were flooded days after superstorm Sandy hit Staten Island.

(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Mapleton Avenue in Midland Beach on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016.

(Credit: Charles Eckert)

The first floor of a home on Kissam Avenue washed away when superstorm Sandy hit the coastal estuary in Oakwood Beach, Staten Island.

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Kissam Avenue, looking southeast, where a home once stood, in Oakwood Beach, Staten Island.

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

The Battery Park underpass was flooded after a tidal surge caused by superstorm Sandy on Oct. 30, 2012 in Manhattan.

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The Battery Park underpass, looking north, in Manhattan on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2016.

(Credit: Linda Rosier)

The Battery Park underpass in lower Manhattan was severely flooded on Oct. 30, 2012, a day after superstorm Sandy struck New York.

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The Battery Park underpass in lower Manhattan on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2016.

(Credit: Linda Rosier)

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New Yorkers clean up Fulton Street, between Front and South streets, the morning after superstorm Sandy hit the South Street Seaport on Oct. 30, 2012.

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Fulton Street, between Front and South streets, at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2016.

(Credit: Linda Rosier)

Streets at the South Street Seaport were flooded on Oct. 30, 2012.

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Fulton Street and South Street at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2016.

(Credit: Linda Rosier)

 

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