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Photo by Erica Sherman

New York City’s Rapid Repairs program, launched to help rebuild homes thrashed by Superstorm Sandy, has been abandoning local Sheepshead Bay and Gerritsen Beach residents, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

As we’ve previously reported, NYC’s Rapid Repairs program – launched by Bloomberg’s office two weeks after Sandy steamrolled the city – has been a confusing and ineffective initiative, baffling residents with its complex registration process.

Those patient enough to sort through the red tape were visited by contractors who performed estimates and began preliminary repairs. The problem for many Sheepshead residents is that those repairmen have yet to come back to finish what they’ve started.

“All I have is a house with no walls,” said Sheepshead Bay bungalow owner Cindy Fuchs, 40, choking back tears outside her moldy, dark Mesereau Court home that’s still without power and a working boiler.

Fuchs hasn’t heard from NYC Rapid Repairs since a group of men knocked down her fungus-covered walls last month.

“I don’t know what to do. I am just waiting,” said Fuchs, a middle school teacher’s aide, who asked Occupy Sandy volunteers to finish the job.

Fuchs isn’t alone in her frustration as many residents have been left in the cold by the Rapid Repairs crew.

“They said they needed to get a part – and then they never showed,” said Sheepshead Bay grandmother Diane Bisset, 72, draped in a green bathrobe inside her cold Batchelder Street home.

Rapid Repairs installed a new $2,100 heater that hasn’t stayed warm since it went in two weeks ago, Bisset said. “I know there are a lot of people and so little time, but this is ridiculous.”

Her grandaughter Erica Zito, 24, teamed up with other volunteers cleaning out houses visited by Rapid Repair workers who haven’t completed the jobs.

“You have to wait too long. We can’t wait that long,” Zito said.

The Rapid Repairs crews, divided into groups of electricians,  plumbers and demo men, all have different schedules and have failed to communicate with each other regarding what’s needed for certain houses. The lack of communication extends to the residents as well, with many complaining that, once visited, they never hear back.

Peter Spencer, spokesman for the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery, told the Daily News that a greater effort is needed.

“We are ramping up our efforts constantly to get to all of these homes as soon as possible.” According to Spencer, of the 4,200 Brooklyn homes that have registered for help, 1,000 are finished or are on track for repair.

Source: NYC Mayor’s office via Twitter

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly visited the 61st (2575 Coney Island Avenue) Precinct to talk to officers about the current conditions of the storm-battered neighborhood.

Cops from the 60th Precinct (2951 West 8th Street) were there, too, because their headquarters suffered a great deal of damage and the precincts combined for the time being.

Bloomberg spoke highly of the officers’ work during trying times. Kelly noted that the 60th Precinct requires a lot of repair work, including a major rewiring, before things are up and running again, according to a NY1 article. Kelly hopes to have the officers back in their Coney Island location in about a week.

“There was a tremendous amount of flooding, of course, at the 60th Precinct station house, which is in Coney Island, right in the middle of Coney Island,” stated Kelly. “Officers had to evacuate that building. They’re still not back in the building. They’re turning out of the 61st Precinct here. It’s working well, but obviously we want to get them back into that location as quickly as possible.”

According to reports, over 1,700 officers also have to deal with their own private property damage as a result of the storm.

Photo by Erica Sherman

If Hurricane Sandy damaged your home, you may receive assistance rebuilding or repairing your home with the launch of the NYC Rapid Repair Program.

City officials established the program, beginning tomorrow, which will assist those hardest hit by Sandy to repair their homes and restore power in a streamlined manner.

Contractors, plumbers, and electricians will canvass homes that need repairs and perform them. Homeowners can also make arrangements for repairs and later apply to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for reimbursement.

Starting Tuesday, November 13, 2012, you can make an appointment for Rapid Repair service. First, you must have registered for disaster assistance with FEMA by going to, and have a FEMA ID number.

Then, sign up for the NYC Rapid Repair services by registering online, calling 311 or visiting a Disaster Assistance Service Center and registering there.

A contractor will come to your home and assess the damage, then a work order will be created and contractors will fix the home.

“A house, or an apartment complex or a commercial building where the electrical facilities were underwater, it is a safety problem. And I’m very proud that the City of New York has streamlined the process,” said Nick Lizanich of LIPA to NY1.

Blue shopping cart trapped by fallen tree. (Photo courtesy of nolastname)

When I heard that there was a major storm headed our way, I got scared for all of us stuff so mercilessly left stored outdoors. You can’t see it in this picture, but my friend, Kid Tricycle, got mangled under one of those trees. On the other side of me, Rusty (the old rusted propane tank), got spared by the tree. Thank goodness for that, otherwise, we would have all been blown to smithereens.

Cleanup is happening where trees fell on houses, but I guess no one cares about blocked streets and trapped shopping carts. Forget leaning trees, we’re talkin’ the Fallen Tower of Pisa, here!

So, if anyone out there feels something for little Baby Blue, come on over and rescue me by Avenue U and East 55 Street. As far as I know, my wheels are still working. You can just put Kid Tricycle in my cart and roll us out of here.

These scene, at East 23rd between Avenue W and Avenue V, is repeated on many local streets. Four days after the weekend storm toppled scores of trees in our area, many roads remain blocked. What streets do you know of that remain blocked?

As we all know by now, damage was widespread. For the most part, downed trees took out power lines, blocked off roads, crushed cars and shattered concrete like egg shells. In some areas trees fell into houses. Aluminum siding and roofing was stripped from some homes, as were signs from businesses. Boats slammed into the Ocean Avenue footbridge, splintering wooden guardrails.

In the worst damage I’ve seen from the storm yet, a stalled construction on MacKenzie Street in Manhattan Beach collapsed onto a neighbor’s home, knocking it off its foundation and causing the family to lose nearly everything (more on that later).

Ironically, Plumb Beach didn’t seem too badly damaged (more on that later, too).

These 111 photos come from Sheepshead Bites’ great readers, who went about chronicling the damage and sent us their photos. It’s only a selection of what we received. To see more photos – many with captions from the photographer – connect with us on Facebook and browse the photos tagged “Sheepshead Bites.”

Thanks to all of those who sent these in.

View photos of the March 2010 nor’easter damage

The Damage So Far

Courtesy of nolastname

We’re getting a lot of crazy reports here. Among them:

  • Power lines are down in spots all across Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, and surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Gerritsen Avenue is “gone” under water.
  • Sheepshead Bay – the bay itself – is overflowing. The footbridge is underwater and the Holocaust Memorial is being pounded by waves.
  • There’s an all-hands fire on Hampton Avenue in Manhattan Beach.
  • There’s a partial collapse at MacKenzie Street and Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach.
  • The sign at the Golden Gate Inn has collapsed.
  • The sign at the gas station on East 17th Street and Avenue Y has fallen.
  • Aluminum siding and yard fencing has been stripped away.
  • The Bank of America property fence on Avenue Z and East 13th Street is falling into an adjacent property.
  • Power line down on East 17th Street and Avenue Z, putting on a fireworks display.
  • “A huge backyard gym set came flying down Ave Z and got wedged btwn and parking meter and a fence.”
  • We’ve also heard that the boat from before was swept up over the guardrail, onto the sidewalk (which is a ~foot underwater), and then back into the water!

Crazy stuff, people. Add your reports in the comments section. Please – today, tonight, tomorrow – send us photos of the damage! You can send them to nberke [at] or upload them to Facebook and tag them “Sheepshead Bites”.