Daily Israel Report

NYC to Demolish Hundreds of Storm-Struck Homes

New York City workers are set to demolish at least 200 homes that were damaged beyond repair during Frankenstorm Hurricane Sandy last month.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 11/18/2012, 10:57 AM

The coastal neighborhood of Seagate was hit hard by Sandy
The coastal neighborhood of Seagate was hit hard by Sandy
Caryn Lubin

New York City workers are set to demolish hundreds of homes that were damaged beyond repair during Frankenstorm Hurricane Sandy last month. A grim look at the Northeastern Corridor of America's east coast has made it clear that many more structures than expected were wrecked, according to New York Times journalist William K. Rashbaum.

At least 200 had already washed out to sea or were burned to the ground, most located in the three boroughs of New York City – Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn. Likewise the remainder slated for demolition, also located in the same boroughs, which were hardest-hit by the storm.

Several hospitals in the city were also struck hard, including New York University Medical Center, which is still digging out from under with decontamination efforts, and Bellevue Hospital is also still closed. Both are located in Manhattan, the heart of New York City.

Hundreds of other buildings have yet to be inspected in the city and out on Long Island, where entire neighborhoods are still involved in trying to re-establish the power grid after Sandy and the nor'easter that followed wiped out some equipment and damaged other installations beyond repair.

Meanwhile thousands of families are still homeless and without heat and light. Other communities are working on developing networks to replace the promised support services that have yet to be put into place by the federal government. 

One woman in Manhattan, Shera Nusbaum, is making a special effort ahead of this week's upcoming national American holiday of Thanksgiving to collect clothing for people in the devastated community of Little Ferry, New Jersey. In a Facebook posting, Nusbaum wrote:

“Still collecting coats, sweaters, and any kind of clothing for the people of Little Ferry, New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. They lost everything and are in desperate need. Please deliver to S. Margaret's Church in Little Ferry, New Jersey this coming Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving and I will make the delivery next week. Thanks for all your generosity and support!"