A 14-foot storm surge destroyed much of the Rockaway's beach-front property, including its iconic boardwalk.
Edgar Gómez opened El Pasatiempo restaurant after Hurricane Sandy. So far traffic has been slow.
Edgar Gómez in his restaurant and bar. He hopes business will pick up but worries about his chances of survival following Hurricane Sandy.
Gustavo Mendizabal lost his hair salon during Hurricane Sandy. he has since reopened but business has been slow in the wake of the storm.
Close to the A train stop, 90th street is a popular beach for surfers and sunbathers alike.
While the city also has earmarked $1.77 billion in federal aid to help in the recovery of the over 750 businesses damaged in the storm, it hasn’t helped bring back the business from the thousands of people who left the Rockaways after losing their homes and livelihoods in the wake of Sandy.
Many longtime residents have not returned to the Rockaways, summer business was much slower than expected this year and as the quiet winter months draw near, many business owners are skeptical of the chances of surviving to see another Memorial Day. Photos by Andrew O'Reilly