Every time I see pictures of the destruction of Far Rockaway and Rockaway Beach I feel stunned.  My grandparents had a summer house on Beach 29th at Seagirt and I spent the best part of my childhood there. That house was razed years ago but is in my heart forever. Going to the beach during the day and the boardwalk at night. It never got any better.

The boardwalk is gone. 

As an adult I taught in a public school on Beach 5st St and I could see the ocean 2 blocks away through my classroom window. I wonder if the mosaic mural my art students created survived in the lobby of the building.

Another hurricane I remember...I was less than 10 years old. My mother drove to Rockaway from Brooklyn where we lived to 'rescue' my grandparents because the bay and the ocean had met. I remember all the earth worms on the sidewalks. There's no reason or rhyme as to what is important to a young child. That was very long ago. The water was thigh high in front of the house. I don't remember where my mother parked the car.

The Rockaways are situated between the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Jamaica Bay on the other.  

Please donate something to the American Red Cross.  Anything. This is the United States and we need each other. It happened here.


  1. I understand, Terri.
    When I saw photos of Seaside Heights, it was like the destruction of loving, fun, & beautiful memories of vacations with my mom, dad, & sister.

    Nothing lasts forever, but we like to revisit those special places even when they and we are changed.

    But to see these ruins hurts and makes us more than sad.

    Thank you for sharing.

    gerri XXX

  2. Oh Terri- your photos really capture the tragedy. These people are in my heart and prayers. My mind cannot wrap itself around the fact that more isn't being done quickly. Our school did a relief effort this week and are sending our donations in.

  3. This is really awful and I hope everyone that lost their homes and family members get the help they need quickly to get through this emergency now and getting their lives back in the future.Very sad:(