Woodside residents with family ties to the Philippines became distraught over the weekend when they began seeing images on television of their homeland under piles of rubble in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
Many, like Silverio Lendero, 64, of 58th Street in the Queens neighborhood dubbed "Little Manila," tried for several days to reach loved ones in Tacloban, the hardest-hit city, while praying that their relatives were all right.
Hearing that there was no power, no food and no water was bad enough, but the lack of contact over several harrowing days made things worse.
"I finally got in touch with my niece, which made me happy," said Lendero, who works at Phil-Am Food Mart. He had been trying to reach family since Friday.
"I was very relieved," he said Monday. "She's OK, my brothers are all OK, but their house is all gone. Their house was just washed away."