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Elvis Cortes, 26, a Navy veteran, says living

Elvis Cortes, 26, a Navy veteran, says living in Frontier Park allows his family of four to remain on Long Island and in Amityville, where he grew up. He also appreciates the proximity to his parents, who live just down the street. (March 20, 2011) Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

If you were to stand in a resident's garden at Frontier Park in the summertime, you'd swear you were standing in the midst of a rural field bursting with flowers. Elsewhere in the Amityville mobile home park, there are barbecues and lawn chairs pulled together as neighbors sit and talk. For residents, this is life in the neighborhood. But now, they face eviction as developers seek to erect 550 new housing units on the park site.

Elvis Jr. shows off his bicycling skills while
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Elvis Jr. shows off his bicycling skills while riding up and down his street at Frontier Park, a trailer park in Amityville. (March 20, 2011)

At Frontier Park, a trailer park in Amityville,
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At Frontier Park, a trailer park in Amityville, Elvis Jr. can avoid street traffic near his home by riding on a path between a privacy fence and a patio deck. (March 20, 2011)

At Frontier Park, a trailer park in Amityville,
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At Frontier Park, a trailer park in Amityville, a privacy fence helps create a backyard for Elvis Jr. (March 20, 2011)

Elvis Cortes plays baseball on a Sunday afternoon
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Elvis Cortes plays baseball on a Sunday afternoon with his 4-year-old son, Elvis Jr., in their backyard at Frontier Park, a trailer park in Amityville. (March 20, 2011)

Jude Banauch, who has resided at Frontier Park
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Jude Banauch, who has resided at Frontier Park for 13 years, says her mobile home allows her to live economically and comfortably with her dogs, vegetable garden and a sense of community. (March 31, 2011)

Jude Baunach, with one of her two rescue
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Jude Baunach, with one of her two rescue dogs, wants to stay in her mobile home at Frontier Park partly because of her pets. (March 31, 2011)

Jude Baunach, with her rescue dogs Gracie and
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Jude Baunach, with her rescue dogs Gracie and Harlie, wants to stay in her mobile home at Frontier Park partly because of her pets. (March 31, 2011)

Nelson and Carmen Cortes prepare dinner as son
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Nelson and Carmen Cortes prepare dinner as son Teejay, a student in the Amityville school district, practices his guitar at home in Frontier Park. (March 27, 2011)

Carmen Cortes, originally from Puerto Rico, prepares a
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Carmen Cortes, originally from Puerto Rico, prepares a dinner of rice and beans with a side of steamed broccoli in her Frontier Park home. (March 27, 2011)

The Cortes family -- from left, Carmen, son
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The Cortes family -- from left, Carmen, son Teejay and her husband, Nelson -- sits down for an early dinner in the Florida room that turned into an extension of their mobile home at Frontier Park in Amityville. (March 27, 2011)

Since moving into Frontier Park five years ago,
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Since moving into Frontier Park five years ago, the Giraldo family has spent a lot of money and time turning this trailer into a real home. (March 27, 2011)

Melissa Giraldo and her mother, Carolina, play in
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Melissa Giraldo and her mother, Carolina, play in their living room at Frontier Park. (March 27, 2011)

Melissa Giraldo, 5, a kindergartner in Amityville, has
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Melissa Giraldo, 5, a kindergartner in Amityville, has her own room where she can be a princess. (March 27, 2011)

Elvis Cortes, 26, a Navy veteran, says living
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Elvis Cortes, 26, a Navy veteran, says living in Frontier Park allows his family of four to remain on Long Island and in Amityville, where he grew up. He also appreciates the proximity to his parents, who live just down the street. (March 20, 2011)

Elvis Cortes and his daughter, Arielys, share a
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Elvis Cortes and his daughter, Arielys, share a quite moment outside their home at Frontier Park. (March 20, 2011)

Elvis Cortes Jr., 4, and his sister Arielys,
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Elvis Cortes Jr., 4, and his sister Arielys, 2, park themselves in front of the television on a Sunday afternoon at their home in Frontier Park. (March 20, 2011)

On sunny days, members of the Cortes family
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On sunny days, members of the Cortes family emerge from their Frontier Park mobile home to spend time on the deck. (March 20, 2011)

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