Rockaway, Queens was one of the hardest hit areas from Hurricane Sandy. Government and private relief organizations have been criticized for their slow response, but grassroots and community-based groups, like the one at Rockaway Beach Surf Club were quick to mobilize and are leading recovery efforts.
U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd L) hugs North Point Marina owner Donna Vanzant as he tours damage done by Hurricane Sandy in Brigantine, New Jersey, October 31, 2012. At left is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Putting aside partisan differences, Obama and Christie toured storm-stricken parts of New Jersey together on Wednesday, taking in scenes of flooded roads and burning homes in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. REUTERS/Larry Downing