NEW YORK (AP) – Even earlier Superstorm Sandy floods Sweeping across New York’s Rockaway Peninsula, Edgemere, a remote seaside neighborhood long dotted with boarded-up houses and vacant lots overgrown with weeds to the waist, had an air of decay.

When the water receded, even more Edgemere homes lay in ruins. But there was also hope that the rebuilding effort would finally give the predominantly black neighborhood the momentum it needed to recover from decades of neglect. In the decade since then The sandy coast is swampythese hopes were not fulfilled.

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