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Brooklyn after Sandy

Big parts of the borough face a difficult recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

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BROOKLYN (PIX11) - It’s been more than two months since Superstorm Sandy struck, displacing thousands of people.

Many were forced into hotels, but that temporary shelter could soon end.

PIX11′s Allison Kaden was in Park Slope and has more.

BROOKLYN (PIX11) - Police are investigating after a woman’s burned and naked body was found on a Brooklyn beach Sunday morning.

Officers say she was a young black woman believed to have been in her late teens or early 20′s, but her identity remains a mystery.

There was speculation that she could have been a victim of Superstorm Sandy, but police ruled that out because her body was not badly decomposed.

The Rockaways are still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, and now some people are taking advantage of an already bad situation.

Thieves are taking aluminum pieces of the actual boardwalk at Beach 108th Street and trying to sell them  for scrap.


Police have reportedly arrested 10 people for ripping out parts of the aluminum railing and the expensive rainforest boardwalk wood this week.

Scrapping, as it’s a called, is hot right now.

A neighborhood man says many of his friend are “scrappers”

“I know friends who do it — they run around collecting metal they are young  …  you get a van you are good to go,” he told PIX11.

Police arrested three teens here at 111th Street for allegedly putting the aluminum in a truck and they admitted to police that they were selling it for scrap.

BELLE HARBOR (PIX11) — This week, an envelope arrived at our station without a return address.

Inside was a plastic bag filled with a dozen family photos covered in dirt.

The sender didn’t leave his or her name but they did leave a small note, saying that they were volunteering on Beach 134th Street in the Rockaways when they came across the photos and sent them to PIX 11 in hopes our news team could help.

Our journey to reunite those special memories with their rightful owner began on the end of Beach 134th Street in Belle Harbor, going to door to door for blocks, showing the residents the pictures.

to reunite these special memories with their rightful owner.  Problem is we don’t know who that is yet so we are going to start knockin’ on some doors.”

Resident Jen Lawler said she recognized a boy in one of the pictures, “Yeah, he’s like, grown up now but I think he looks familiar. I don’t think they are living here though.”


One of the lost photos from Far Rockaway that was sent to the PIX11 station

We walked several blocks and knocked on a dozen doors.

Resident Liz Glynn gave us good advice, “You know, the family across the street there, are old time Rockaway families, born and raised here.  Try them.”

Across the street, as soon as Kevin Murphy saw the first photo of a bride and groom feeding each other wedding cake, Murphy said, “That’s Charlie Marquart. But his kids are high school so this photo is like 15 years old.”

“He used to live up the block.  He is a basketball coach at Malloy College on Long Island.  I don’t know where they are now though.  I had heard their parents’ home got wrecked in Breezy so they had to move them out of there and they had to go.”

Then, Kevin realized his young son Jake knows Charlie’s daughter Katie.  So he called Katie and got her voicemail.  We left a message.

By the end of Thursday night, we put a name with the face in the photos:  The Marquart family.

When our story aired, we got a call back from Charlie Marquart himself!

Stay tuned for the reunion story on PIX 11 News.

We’ve done our share of bad landlord stories after Superstorm Sandy struck. Now some families in Coney Island say they have mold problems like never before. And some mothers say their babies are getting sick.

PIX11’s Monica Morales has more


The PIX11 Morning News continues PIX11 Cares, a campaign aimed at helping those in communities hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, with a visit to Brooklyn. Sukanya Krishnan anchoring portions of the Morning News from Gerritsen Beach, Dan Mannarino reporting live from Red Hook and Lisa Mateo reporting from Coney Island from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

In Gerritsen Beach, Sukanya will be speaking Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President, State Senator Martin Golden, Council Member Domenic Recchia Jr., Steve Cassidy, President of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, Loretta Worters from the Insurance Information Institute and several residents from the area.

In Coney Island, Lisa Mateo will speak with Dennis Vourderis, chairman of the Alliance for Coney Island and Pastor Constance Hulla from the Coney Island Gospel Academy.

In Red Hook, Dan Mannarino will speak with community activists.

In Gerritsen Beach, Nautica will be generously donating pajamas and robes, and the Dunkin Donuts Studio on the Run bus will be onsite with coffee and donuts for residents. In Coney Island, Kids for Less will generously donate children’s clothing

In recent weeks, PIX11 Cares has broadcast live from Queens, NY (Broad Channel, Breezy Point and the Rockaways) Staten Island, NY (New Dorp Beach), New Jersey (Union Beach, Sea Bright and Norwood) and Long Island (Long Beach, Lindenhurst and Seaford) to help bring attention to areas severely affected by Hurricane Sandy.

PIX11 has also partnered with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which kicked off the Tunnel to Towers: Hurricane Relief Fund campaign on Friday with the assistance of New York sports icons Carl Banks, Robinson Cano, and John Franco to provide relief to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. One hundred percent of the gross funds benefit those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

PIX11 viewers wishing to contribute to the Tunnel to Towers: Hurricane Relief Fund can do so to via:

Here are other ways to help:

- Give directly to The Red Cross.

- Visit PIX 11′s resources page for many ideas on how to help.

- Gerritsen Beach Sandy Relief Facebook Page:

- New York City Firefighters Disaster Relief Fund Inc. (helps those hundreds of FDNY first responders who suffered catastrophic damage and now need to rebuild their lives and homes):

Manhattan, NY – In just about one month, a documentary film about Super Storm Sandy and climate change was edited and premiered in a pop-up, guerrilla-style movie screening in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Occupy Sandy released their documentary on clean-up efforts in NYC and screened their film on the side of a building in Manhattan.

The production, the secrecy of the location for the screening resembled a scavenger hunt and it was organized by the one and only Occupy Movement. To find the screening location, one had to either text Occupy Sandy or follow #climatecrime on Twitter before the follower would be led to East 2nd Street and Avenue C.

The film captured thousands of Occupy Sandy volunteers, who mobilized to help Sandy victims in devastated areas in Staten Island, The Rockaways, Red Hook and Coney Island.  The film then drew a connection to the issue of climate change.

Sandy victims helped by Occupiers were also in attendance.  Joan Flynn and Steve Jambeck said their Rockaway home was destroyed by floodwaters and it was Occupy volunteers who helped them the most, providing hope when it seemed there was nowhere else to turn.  Now, as their life has changed drastically thanks to Sandy they believe wholeheartedly more work has to be done to combat climate change.

“It’s really time for people to step up and get a reality check”, said Jambeck.