Retired teacher Daris Garnes had lived in Brooklyn her whole life, but when she moved to the Rockaways 11 years ago, she fell in love with the scenic oceanside atmosphere of the small community at the far edge of New York City.
But when 2012’s Hurricane Sandy barreled through the 11 mi long peninsula, situated between Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, the Rockaways was turned upside down; more than 1,000 buildings were destroyed. “We were so disconnected for months,” Garnes says. “It was devastating to the community. It looked like a war zone here.” Pieces of the boardwalk ended
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