- Posted November 3, 2012 by
Belle Harbor, New York
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I grew up in Belle Harbor, Queens as my mother did before me. Our roots here are deep. I moved from Rockaway when I was eight and came back again five years ago. This sleepy beachfront community, long composed in large part of people of Irish and Jewish descent, is home to many of New York City's first responders--firemen and EMS workers. I returned home yesterday for the first time since leaving last Sunday and spent 4 1/2 hours sadly walking the streets of these two close-knit communities, clicking photos as I went. The devastation left behind by Hurricane Sandy is on full display, no more so than is evidenced by the destruction to the beachfront homes in the neighborhoods of Belle Harbor and Neponsit.