December: Rubble, Food Lines, Cries For Help
Hundreds of people rallied on the beach to demand more sand and rock jetties. The Sanitation Department continued to make a dent in the rubble. Mountains of debris grew 30 feet high in the Riis Park parking lot. With many people displaced and children attending schools off the peninsula, parts of Rockaway seemed like a ghost town. Heavy equipment cleared more debris. The short days meant working hard for a few hours and then heading to Brooklyn or someplace else for a night’s sleep. Holiday celebrations were subdued. There was a paddle out to honor Dylan Smith, a hero who saved people on the night Sandy struck. He died just weeks later while surfing in Puerto Rico.