Content Section
Rebuilding Rockaway

Another Kind of Warmth

Julie Dermansky / Corbis

Family, friends, and faith are driving Rockaway residents, with post-hurricane reconstruction beginning in the hard-hit Queens enclave. Michael Daly on how New York’s richest neighborhood as measured by spirit is pulling together.

The reconstruction of Rockaway in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy began last week when off-duty firefighters raised the awning from the burned ruins of what had been the social center of New York’s richest neighborhood as measured by spirit.They then set the miraculously unscathed section of canvas bearing the words Harbor Light Pub upon four 4-by-4 beams they had lashed together with plastic ties to the iron railing of the brick stoop that is all that remains of a storied gathering place.

Seaside Heights

Snooki Meets Sandy’s Reality

Theo Wargo / Getty Images

The pint-sized star and her ‘Jersey Shore’ castmates were serious, demure even, as they pleaded for help for the Sandy-ravaged town that hosted their show. Malcolm Jones on when reality met reality TV.

Snooki worked an almost empty room.Most of the TV crews and reporters had packed up and gone by the time the MTV handlers brought her into the area where the media had been interviewing the stars assembled for the network’s “Restore the Shore” telethon Thursday night. By then, the reporters had plenty of soundbites from the other stars of Jersey Shore, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teen Wolf, and assorted other reality-TV vets and musicians recruited to raise money for Architecture for Humanity’s rebuilding efforts.

Man's Best Friend

How Pets Survived Sandy

Mario Tama / Getty Images

Jesse Ellison reports on the ways social media, shelters, and new legislation helped pets get rescued after the storm.

Stacey Carmona lost her business in Hurricane Sandy: the Staten Island salon she’s owned for a decade was perilously close to the beach. So was her sister’s home, which flooded with 10 feet of water and is now condemned. But the worst thing that she lost in the storm was a tiny 4-month-old Yorkshire Terrier puppy named Roxy—technically her sister’s dog, but one that had already felt like part of the family.“She just disappeared into the dark,” Carmona says.

A Father’s Spirit

Heroism in the Rockaways

A firefighting family whose patriarch was lost on 9/11 honors his memory with a determination to do whatever is needed after Hurricane Sandy—all without power or heat.

When he raised the flag at the end of Beach 131st Street after Hurricane Sandy, 20-year-old Brendan Stackpole was truly raising the flag of his father. As anyone familiar with the FDNY knows, his father was Captain Timothy Stackpole, who was severely burned in a fire in 1998 and demonstrated superhuman determination as he shunned a disability pension and spent three grueling years getting himself into condition to return to active duty. He was a newly promoted captain when he was killed at the World Trade Center.

Animal House

Taking Shelter in the Reptile House

Wikipedia Commons

The zoo had backup generators to protect its animals. But when the power went down at an emergency shelter next door, the zoo’s director welcomed refugees from the storm.

Jeremy Goodman knew he’d have to save the 700 animals that inhabit northern New Jersey’s Turtle Back Zoo from Hurricane Sandy. The zoo director knew he’d marshal his staff, round the creatures up, and get them inside storm-resistant, generator-powered buildings. What he didn’t  realize is that he’d also have more than two dozen human guests for  the night as well.As Sandy approached, Goodman and his staff stocked up on food and water, filled the Essex County, N.

Heroes of Hurricane Sandy

Late Night Takes on Sandy

In case you've been without power: the hurricane didn't stop late-night comedians this week, who made sure the show went on—with or without an audience. Watch the highlights.

  1. We Love You, Lydia Callis Play

    We Love You, Lydia Callis

  2. Post-Sandy Campaigning Play

    Post-Sandy Campaigning

  3. No Sex After Sandy Play

    No Sex After Sandy

Make the Marathon a Help-a-Thon

Make the Marathon a Help-a-Thon

How the runners could be repositioned as rapid-response volunteers.

Hurricane Sandy’s ‘War Zone’

Hurricane Sandy’s ‘War Zone’

On Staten Island, Paula Szuchman talks to the families of the dead—and to the survivors begging for help.

Sandy Rocks Manhattan

Sandy Rocks Manhattan

A brilliant explosion, and then darkness: the morning after the Frankenstorm, Matthew DeLuca reports on the scene in lower Manhattan.