Hurricane Sandy 2 Years Later
The McDonald's on Broad Channel Drive in Rockaway Beach only days after Sandy ravaged the neighborhood. (Instagram/GormoJourno)
The completely rebuilt McDonald's as it stands today. (AOL News Photo)
Beach 91st Street & Shorefront Parkway as they were in the days after Sandy. (Flickr)
Windows on the street are still taped even today. (AOL News Photo)
The famed Rockaway Skating Park was destroyed by Sandy. (Flickr)
It has been completely rebuilt. (AOL News Photo)
Another view of the destroyed skating park. (Flickr)
It is now better than ever. (AOL News photo)
The boardwalk is still being rebuilt, but it is no longer in the street. (AOL News photo)
The beach still has a long way to go, but it is in better shape with each passing day. (AOL News photo)
Another view of the beach as it is today. (AOL News photo)
The Hoboken PATH station has been completely restored since Sandy's floodwaters ravaged it. (AOL News photo)
The station has never looked better. (AOL News photo)
The shopping arcade at One New York Plaza, in Lower Manhattan, was completely submerged from Sandy's storm surge. (Alamy)
It is no longer underwater, but has yet to reopen. (AOL News photo)
South Ferry Station has since been completely rebuilt and opened. (AOL News photo)
Sandy's storm surge rushed into this parking garage during the night of October 29, 2012. (AOL News photo)
Cars piled on top of each other at the entrance to the garage, on South Willliam Street, in Lower Manhattan on October 31, 2012. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
The parking garage looks today as if no flooding ever happened. (AOL News photo)
By RYAN GORMAN
Superstorm Sandy forever changed New York City and its surrounding communities, but the extent of the destruction was only discovered when weary residents emerged from hiding in the morning hours.
Sandy's storm surge forever changed parts of lower Manhattan, Breezy Point, Rockaway Beach, Hoboken, Jersey City and other communities. Some have rebuilt in the two years since, but many have not.
The most destructive storm to ever hit New York City struck the night of October 29, 2012. Many were evacuated to higher ground, but millions rode out the storm hoping for the best.
While most of the region's roughly 28 million residents suffered only power and cable outages, a few million saw their homes washed away, burned down, looted or damaged in some way.
Office buildings in Lower Manhattan remained vacant for months. Some are still running on generators.
But the flooded subway tunnels and stations eventually dried out, he trains started running again, and the lights came back on.
Most people were able to return to work and get on with their lives, but none will ever forget their city's battered state in the days, weeks and months following the storm.Related links:New York, New Jersey ponder Sandy, 2 years laterSandy's mental health impact looms large