House Abandoned: Still 'Jersey Strong'


<b class="credit">Sharon Sudol</b>View of the lake from the author's sister's Jersey Shore home, the pink one on the left
Sharon SudolView of the lake from the author's sister's Jersey Shore home, the pink one on the left

By Sharon Sudol

I have a photo from the 1920s of my great-grandmother looking out of the house that my grandfather built in Manasquan, N.J. It has been one year since Sandy struck and the house is still vacant. I check on it every time I drive by. Recently a dumpster appeared in the driveway. Their work has just begun.

I remember that night. I glued myself to the Weather Channel and frantically called my sister to beg her to grab her three dogs and get out of her house in Belmar, N.J. Her house was located just three blocks off the ocean and two houses away from a freshwater lake. "You are so dramatic," she said, "The town drained the lake, so I will be just fine."