Surviving Sandy: ’10 Years of Hard Work and Sacrifice … Gone’

This is the third in a series of profiles of New Yorker area residents whose worlds were upended by Superstorm Sandy. When Sue Saunders opened the door to her waterfront shop in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood, she burst into tears. New York Printing and Graphics, the business Sue (above) had built from a kitchen-table operation into a thriving venture, had been reduced to a heap of muddy, overturned presses and soggy piles of what was once her inventory. “I celebrated …

Surviving Sandy: ‘One Saving Grace – I Had My Car’

This is the second in a series of profiles of New York area residents whose worlds were upended by Superstorm Sandy. Sandy’s wrath turned the Staten Island street where Carlos Cruz lives into a river. Carlos (above) watched in disbelief as cars bobbed like toys on the wind-whipped waves. Stranded in a second-story rental apartment, with food rotting in the fridge and freezing temperatures threatening his fragile health, he and his son lived on Spam and Vienna sausages. Rescue boats …

Surviving Sandy: ‘I Thought My Mother Was Going to Die’

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of profiles of New York area residents whose worlds were upended by Superstorm Sandy. We were moved by the heartbreaking stories of loss and the inspirational stories of kindness and wanted to share them with you. Knowing that the effort to rebuild lives, homes and communities will take months, the AARP Foundation established the AARP Foundation Relief Fund. This fund will give the nearly $1.3 million already raised to select organizations working …