Coney Island suffering two weeks post-Sandy

Coney Island, N.Y.
WW photo: Anne Pruden

Public housing tenants in Coney Island are facing falling temperatures by the waterfront with hardly an open store to be found. More than two weeks after Hurricane Sandy, they are still without lights, hot water or heat in apartment buildings near the ocean. Even the broken city’s famous amusement park is closed. City officials won’t say when the tenants may get electricity and heat. Coney Island has a beat up and muddy appearance, and some of it is permeated with a stench like that reported in post-Katrina New Orleans. Some residents say this city will never be rebuilt. The accompanying photo shows unemployed tenants from Coney Island in lines stretching blocks waiting for some free groceries.

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