It was the worst natural disaster to hit New York. In 2012, Superstorm Sandy crashed against the city and devastated the region. One of the hardest hit areas was the Rockaways, where homes and businesses were flooded and destroyed, and where one whole neighborhood went up in flames.
Annie Watson, a Rockaway resident who contributed to relief efforts after Katrina says “I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be on the receiving end of being a disaster victim.”
Much has changed since Sandy made landfall three years ago. Houses have been rebuilt, businesses have re-opened, and communities have joined together to restore and reimagine life in the Rockaways.
A new documentary, “Everything is Different Now,” looks at those changes and how Rockaway residents are getting back on their feet. Producer and director Jennifer Callahan joins MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman for an update.
“There’s also a reattachment and a re-commitment to this land,” says Callahan. “So you see so many fantastic groups getting together, the rebuilding of a library, nonprofits, small businesses, restaurants reopening. Very exciting activity.”
Watch “Everything is Different Now” along with Jennifer Callahan’s first Rockaway film, “The Bungalows of Rockaway,” on November 2, 2015 at “Movie + Music + Movie Benefit” at BAM Rose Cinemas.