Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
On a recent Saturday, Ashley Paniagua walked down a brick pathway that snaked between the towering Manhattanville Houses in Harlem, and headed toward a small garden she had helped plant months earlier. But the gates to the gardens were locked — the government worker who opened them every morning had yet to do so.
“It’s a lot of politics,” Ms. Paniagua, 26, said. “You’ve got to go through so many people, just to get something simple done.”
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
When John Sandano learned in September that the owners of Maple Lanes were in contract to sell the property the bowling alley sits on to a developer, he mourned the loss of his “home away from home,” where he’s been a regular bowler for more than 25 years.
“A lot of people are going to miss this place,” said Sandano, 67, of Bensonhurst.
But in his loss, others in the community may find new homes of their own. Plans to replace Maple Lanes with a 112-unit residential development is likely to advance to the next frame.
Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
More than 100 homes in Breezy Point were destroyed by flood or fire during the worst of Sandy.
Barbara Joyce, a resident of the beachfront community for more than 40 years, didn’t lose her home. But she’s now faced with massive repairs – replacing walls and floors as she mourns the loss of irreplaceable pictures and other personal items amassed over a lifetime.
While she didn’t have flood insurance, Joyce, like many others in the close-knit neighborhood, is determined to rebuild and stay in the place she still calls home.
Tuesday, December 18th, 2012
Frank Barcia rode out the worst of Sandy, trapped in the attic of his Staten Island home. Now he’s the only resident left on his block.
Barcia is living in his garage as contractors repair his ravaged home. His wife, Mary, keeps him company during the day, but he’s determined to stay put with the rebuilding expected to extend into January.