Perhaps no part of New York faced such spectacular Sandy destruction as Breezy Point, Queens. In the midst of a four-foot flooding, a fire destroyed nearly two dozen homes in this working class Queens neighborhood. “It was like the ocean was outside,” Kevin Hernandez told the New York Times. “The wind was 80 miles an hour."
Even months later, this Rockaways neighborhoods is just beginning to dig out. But even among the burnt-out buildings and rubble, a bit of holiday cheer could be seen.