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Isabella Minneci, 45, had to retreat to the third story of her Long Beach home with her daughter Skyler, 3, and her mother Eleanor Minneci, when the surge caused by superstorm Sandy flooded their basement and first floor. Thanks to the help of friends and neighbors, she was able to clean up the damage and begin repairs on her home. "Little by little the house is coming together," Minneci said. (Oct. 29, 2013)

Long Beach rebounds from superstorm Sandy

Long Beach was pummeled by superstorm Sandy, but continues to recover from the storm's devastation.

One year after superstorm Sandy devastated Long Beach,
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One year after superstorm Sandy devastated Long Beach, residents gathered for a lantern-lighting ceremony outside Long Beach City Hall to reflect on the destruction and recovery effort. (Oct. 29, 2013)

Long Beach resident John Concepicion, 67, left, relied
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Long Beach resident John Concepicion, 67, left, relied on the support of his neighbors Hilda and Noel O'Connell, who opened their home to him after his house was flooded during Sandy. (Oct. 29, 2013)

More than 1,500 residents gathered outside Long Beach
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More than 1,500 residents gathered outside Long Beach City Hall to reflect on the anniversary of superstorm Sandy. Attendees wrote inspiring messages on lanterns and placed them in the Kennedy Plaza fountain. (Oct. 29, 2013)

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On the anniversary of superstorm Sandy, the Kennedy
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On the anniversary of superstorm Sandy, the Kennedy Plaza fountain outside Long Beach City Hall glowed with the reflection of hundreds of lanterns bearing inspirational phrases like "God Bless Long Beach" as part of a ceremony organized by Project 11561, a grassroots organization that formed in the aftermath of the storm. (Oct. 29, 2013)

Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman was joined
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Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman was joined onstage by the founding members of Project 11561 during his address at the Sandy-lantern lighting ceremony outside Long Beach City Hall commemorating the anniversary of the storm. (Oct. 29, 2013)

Isabella Minneci, 45, had to retreat to the
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Isabella Minneci, 45, had to retreat to the third story of her Long Beach home with her daughter Skyler, 3, and her mother Eleanor Minneci, when the surge caused by superstorm Sandy flooded their basement and first floor. Thanks to the help of friends and neighbors, she was able to clean up the damage and begin repairs on her home. "Little by little the house is coming together," Minneci said. (Oct. 29, 2013)

Susie Walker, 69, left, and Regina Coughlin, 58,
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Susie Walker, 69, left, and Regina Coughlin, 58, joined more than 1,500 other residents at Tuesday night's Sandy lantern-lighting ceremony outside Long Beach City Hall to reflect on the one-year anniversary of the storm. "It's been a long year, and it's good to see everybody together," Coughlin said. (Oct. 29, 2013)

Long Beach volunteer firefighter and resident Lawrence Mazel
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Long Beach volunteer firefighter and resident Lawrence Mazel comforts his wife, Candace, as they watch a short film documenting superstorm Sandy during a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the storm at Long Beach City Hall. (Oct. 26, 2013)

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Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano speaks during a
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Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano speaks during a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of superstorm Sandy at Long Beach City Hall Saturday. (Oct. 26, 2013)

Left to right: State Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, Gov.
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Left to right: State Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Sen. Chuck Schumer take part in a ceremony to reopen the Long Beach boardwalk. (Oct. 25, 2013)

Saturday began with ribbon-cutting ceremonies at five different
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Saturday began with ribbon-cutting ceremonies at five different entrances along a four-block section of the boardwalk between Long Beach and Magnolia boulevards.(July 27, 2013)

The first completed section of the Long Beach
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The first completed section of the Long Beach boardwalk officially. And thousands of people flocked to it Saturday. (July 27, 2013)

Harvey and Ellen Weisenberg were among those who
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Harvey and Ellen Weisenberg were among those who led the ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the official opening of the Long Beach boardwalk. The Weisenbergs have lived in Long Beach for close to 80 years. (July 27, 2013)

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Thousands of residents and visitors flocked to the
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Thousands of residents and visitors flocked to the first completed section of the Long Beach boardwalk Saturday. (July 27, 2013)

Many local residents and visitors take the opportunity
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Many local residents and visitors take the opportunity to walk, run and bike along the new Long Beach boardwalk after a completed section opened Saturday. (July 27, 2013)

The first four-block section of the Long Beach
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The first four-block section of the Long Beach boardwalk officially opened Saturday. The new structure, made of concrete and Brazilian hardwood, is expected to last 30 to 40 years, compared with the three to five years of the yellow pine in the old boardwalk. (July 27, 2013)

Harvey and Ellen Weisenberg, who have resided in
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Harvey and Ellen Weisenberg, who have resided in Long Beach for close to 80 years, were among the ribbon cutters at the official opening of a section of the Long Beach boardwalk. Harvey Weisenberg described the boardwalk's importance as being part of the “Long Beach way of life." (July 27, 2013)

The Long Beach Medical Center, closed by superstorm
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The Long Beach Medical Center, closed by superstorm Sandy, may not reopen as a full-service, acute care hospital, according to hospital officials. (June 26, 2013)

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Generators and other construction equipment feed into the
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Generators and other construction equipment feed into the Long Beach Medical Center building. The center, closed by superstorm Sandy, may not reopen as a full-service, acute care hospital, according to hospital officials. (June 26, 2013)

A new front entrence is in the process
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A new front entrence is in the process of being built at the Long Beach Medical Center. The center, closed by superstorm Sandy, may not reopen as a full-service, acute care hospital, according to hospital officials. (June 26, 2013)

City officials hope the food trucks, such as
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City officials hope the food trucks, such as Beach Buns & Bites, boost tourism and local businesses. (April 27, 2013)

Chef Merlin places hamburgers on the grill, as
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Chef Merlin places hamburgers on the grill, as Alan Adams, owner of Sugo Cafe in Long Beach, hands out food out of his new food truck, Beach Buns & Bites. The truck willl be parked this summer at the beach near the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Broadway in Long Beach. (April 27, 2013)

Residents enter the beach at Riverside Boulevard in
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Residents enter the beach at Riverside Boulevard in Long Beach for the groundbreaking ceremony. (April 27, 2013)

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Cooper Kramer, 7, of Long Beach, left, and
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Cooper Kramer, 7, of Long Beach, left, and Chris Morrissey, of Long Beach beach maintenance, right, stand near a construction loader during the groundbreaking ceremony for the rebuilding of the Long Beach boardwalk. (April 27, 2013)

Residents say the Pledge of Allegiance on the
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Residents say the Pledge of Allegiance on the beach. (April 27, 2013)

Andrew Boynton whistles while holding his nephew Noah
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Andrew Boynton whistles while holding his nephew Noah Starman, 3, at the ceremony. (April 27, 2013)

A woman applauds and yells while in the
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A woman applauds and yells while in the crowd on the beach. (April 27, 2013)

Sen. Chuck Schumer speaks at the event. (April
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Sen. Chuck Schumer speaks at the event. (April 27, 2013)

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City of Long Beach beach maintenance workers lift
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City of Long Beach beach maintenance workers lift a piece of the boardwalk during the ground breaking ceremony for the rebuilding of the Long Beach boardwalk, which was destroyed during superstorm Sandy. (April 27, 2013)

John LaSpina, and Marsha Graber, of Long Beach,
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John LaSpina, and Marsha Graber, of Long Beach, applaud while sitting on a construction loader on the beach. (April 27, 2013)

Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg speaks at the ceremony. (April
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Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg speaks at the ceremony. (April 27, 2013)

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), surrounded by City of
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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), surrounded by City of Long Beach council members, cheers as a piece of the boardwalk is lifted on the beach. (April 27, 2013)

Residents snap photos and applaud as a piece
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Residents snap photos and applaud as a piece of the boardwalk is lifted on the beach. (April 27, 2013)

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City of Long Beach beach maintenance worker Robert
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City of Long Beach beach maintenance worker Robert McKay attaches the Long Beach flag to a piece of the boardwalk. (April 27, 2013)

Sen. Chuck Schumer high-fives City of Long Beach
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Sen. Chuck Schumer high-fives City of Long Beach beach maintenance workers after the ground breaking ceremony for the rebuilding of the Long Beach boardwalk. (April 27, 2013)

The construction of a new boardwalk officially began,
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The construction of a new boardwalk officially began, as workers dismantle the storm-damaged boardwalk in Long Beach. (April 27, 2013)

Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg, Long Beach Councilwoman Eileen J.
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Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg, Long Beach Councilwoman Eileen J. Goggin and Sen. Chuck Schumer join other public figures in digging some sand. (April 27, 2013)

About 1,000 people attend the ceremony. (April 27,
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About 1,000 people attend the ceremony. (April 27, 2013)

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Although there is still much to do cleaning
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Although there is still much to do cleaning and repairing the sand at Long Beach, the sea and the sky hold a promise of summer. (April 4, 2013)

Sean Sullivan, owner of Swingbelly's BBQ in Long
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Sean Sullivan, owner of Swingbelly's BBQ in Long Beach, will be parking his food truck along the Long Beach boardwalk to try to attract people to the beach while the boardwalk is reconstructed. Some local business owners are not too happy as they say it's unfair competition. (April 26, 2013).

Residents enter the beach at Riverside Boulevard in
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Residents enter the beach at Riverside Boulevard in Long Beach for the ground breaking ceremony for the rebuilding of the Long Beach boardwalk. (April 27, 2013)

An American flag flies from a destroyed section
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An American flag flies from a destroyed section of the boardwalk in the city of Long Beach months after superstorm Sandy devastated the area. (Jan. 2, 2012)

The Long Beach boardwalk awaits repair as the
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The Long Beach boardwalk awaits repair as the area continues its recovery from superstorm Sandy. (April 4, 2013)

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A very large turnout for the removal of
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A very large turnout for the removal of the old Long Beach boardwalk after the destruction sustained during superstorm Sandy. People at the event received a piece of the old boardwalk. (Jan. 5, 2013)

After the ceremony for the removal of the
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After the ceremony for the removal of the old Long Beach boardwalk, and the beginning of a new Long Beach, resident Carrie-Anne Duffy enjoys a moment with her daughter Keira, 3. (Jan. 5, 2013)

Folks take advantage of the mild weather with
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Folks take advantage of the mild weather with a walk, run or bike ride on the boardwalk. (Nov. 26, 2011)

There was a very large turnout at the
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There was a very large turnout at the ceremony where the Long Beach boardwalk was removed. (Jan. 5, 2013)

Long Beach resident Kelsy McManus and her mother,
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Long Beach resident Kelsy McManus and her mother, Lorraine, got a piece of the old boardwalk. (Jan. 5, 2013)

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There is still a lot to do to
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There is still a lot to do to get the beach ready for summer. The Long Beach boardwalk is gone, and the sand sifting process will take a while. (April 4, 2013)

The Long Beach boardwalk is still being rebuilt
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The Long Beach boardwalk is still being rebuilt six months after superstorm Sandy. Officials said they expect the boardwalk to be completed by November. (April 24, 2013)

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