Many are calling Sandy the most devastating storm to ever hit New York City.
More than two million people are without power, including nearly every apartment and business below 39th Street. Plumbing is also out for tens of thousands of people. More than 80 homes in Breezy Point, in the Queens borough, burned down, decimating the neighborhood. The subway system was out of commission for days because of flooding, transportation tunnels were also flooded by water from the Hudson River, and high waters from the East River overtook parts of the east side of the city.
“Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center is now under 20 feet of water and the property has taken a tremendous damage,” said Bob Townley, founder and executive director of Manhattan Youth. “1.4 million gallons of water filled the lower levels of the center.”
“We have rebuilt before and we can rebuild again," Mr Townley added.
Manhattan Youth is a non-profit community service organization that has served families, children, teens and senior citizens for over 25 years and was also damaged on September 11, 2001.