The middle of a grey
Rockaway . . . . .
. . . . .
An impressive montage, Patti! A surreal mix of rebuilding, life going on, and the raw truth of devastation.
Thank you Annie, it was a surreal experience being out there but, to be honest, Rockaway is one of those surreal places, even before the storm hit.
It was the impression I got.. that it must have looked pretty surreal without the aid of the elements….. You are brave, girl!!!
Once upon a time it was a sleepy little peninsular, now it is the largest urban beach in the US – a fact which surprised me!
Still pretty desolate from what I see ;-(( But at least there are some small signs of renewal !!
Desolate and depressing if you ask me Pat!
That one little word certainly says so much . . . thank you Margie.
Has much progress been made? Other than by the cherry blossoms, and the tulips —
How do people keep their hope?
Perhaps on a sunny day it would be more apparent —
I suppose once the boardwalk is rebuilt the magic will come back to Rockaway and the quality of life out there will have significantly improved for everyone . . . .
There are times that the ravages of Sandy bring out the beauty of the beach by covering man’s footprint. There is hope. Patti you captured it. The cherry blossoms say it all. We move on.
Perhaps Sandy was letting everyone know that this spit of low-lying sand was perhaps not the best place to call home but, as you say Tom, there is always hope. God knows they need it out there.
both sad and hopeful…
That it is indeed, thank you Olive.
Still very bleak. It would be so difficult to live there, and see the devastation day in, day out.
Sandy hit in such a big way but it made a bleak life for many out there so much more bleak. I don’t know what the answers are.
Nice update. Recovery is always slow. The first image is such a knockout! It blows me away it’s soooo goood.
I also really like the last image.
Thank you Terry, there’s something so delightfully lost to the world about time spent on a beach . . .
Thanks for update.
Thank you Carl. Hope all well with friends and family on Staten Island.
Love the Holy Mother with the tulips.
Hope all those cats are getting fed!
Oh my goodness those statues take me way back . . . the bright blue one among the tulips is in the church garden and it was that time of the day when the Angelus bell rings, which was like a double bungee jump back into the past. Stalwart parishioners made their way through the doors of the church. The streets out there are one thing but that community, with their big beating hearts, is tight.
As for the cats, I don’t think they are going hungry.
Still a long way to go, but your photos also show some of the hope the local community expresses. A strong documentary along with the pictures you took right after Sandy hit the coast half a year ago.
Thank you so much Otto. I have spent enough time out there before the storm to have taken some shots here and there but I do wish I had a decent set “before the storm” – it is so easy to take an “ordinary” world for granted.
Good to see some signs of recovery. Great shots, Patti! Love the first and the last two to bits!
Sometimes I think all we see out there are signs advertising offers of recovery! I couldn’t believe it when I saw the ice-cream bike cycle past at the end of the session. These shots, by the way, were posted in the order in which they were taken – with others in between but I thought these were more than enough! Thank you Richard!
Almost impossible to comprehend how devastating nature can be…
I can’t even begin to imagine how daunting and painfully drawn-out the process of re-building must be…
and yet it’s so inspiring to see the hope…
Not to mention a tight economy to make the process of re-building even more drawn out and painful . . . . 😦
Beautiful series, you can still feel the disaster that has taken place.
Thank you so much Erassima for your very kind words. Let’s hope it can only get better!
I like the Rockaway cat, for sure a clever and wise survivor!
But she seemed so lonely . . .
I saw in your “house of cats” even five!
is this pic on flickr too –
for my group BLOG IT?
I hope you will celebrate your
Mother’s Day tomorrow!
Thank you Frizz for your very kind Mother’s Day wishes, some of which I spent out in Rockaway again, up at a different end of the beach where so many of the extremely damaged houses have now been demolished and removed. Families were out and about on the beach, it was a lovely afternoon and I will post about it soon.
Have put the cat house on Flickr!
a long way to go – and a long way to have come. all of them are brilliant in their own right, but that last one makes me smile.
Such a long way to go, after all this the train isn’t even running out there yet! Glad you enjoyed the last shot, ice-cream seems to make anything better don’t you think!
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looking so empty after it!
Interesting to see how it picks up during the summer . . .
The world keeps spinning. It sure takes time to restore places after such incidents.
Doesn’t it just!
Great photo-journalism as ever Patti – from your images I see that there’s clearly a lot of recovery still to happen but life is gradually getting back to normal. Love that cat looking ‘Back Atcha!’ 🙂
Thank you Martin. So much more work to be done . . . .
This is great Patti. It’s going to be a long, slow slog back for the Rockaways. Love the flowers & cats & Mary’s juxtaposed with the tough parts. And thank you for the follow! Be well!
BB, yes it is going to be a long, slow slog back – slower than my catching up with comments. An absolute pleasure enjoying your great eye!
Great collection of captures, Patti.
Thank you macingosh!
My niece and I enjoyed this tour of Rockaway Beach.
Thank you Allan and a big hello to your niece. There is so much to tour and explore out there.
Oh my, your photos tell the story. They are respectful, and beautiful.
Elena, thank you so much for your sweet words and yes, Rockaway remains a big Oh my . . .
Sad, beautiful, hopeful. And an emotional series of photographs.
A gentle commentary, somehow.
I love your blogs, your photos are very beautiful. I’ll be back… I also have a second blog on old pictures.
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The ravages of the storm showcased so well in your photos.
A very bleak, cold harsh reality.
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