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NY1 examines the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the anniversary of the storm.

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Sandy One Year Later: Temporary Fixes Become A Way Of Life On Coney Island

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The Coney Island library branch just opened last week, a sign that the neighborhood is still on the rebound, but things are not back to normal there yet. NY1's Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.

Mobile boilers brought in to Coney Island to provide heat to city housing complexes after Hurricane Sandy knocked out all their mechanical systems were supposed to be a temporary fix, but a year later, they're still being used, taking up space on sidewalks, streets and parking lots. Some even have protective structures built around them.

"It's just a whole lot of mobile boilers are still out here," said one person. "It's surprising that they're still out here."

At least half a dozen New York City Housing Authority complexes in Coney Island are operating like this.

"Our boiler rooms were completely destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in those locations, and so all of their quote unquote "temporary mobile boilers," we knew that they would be there until we had a more permanent fix," John Rhea, chairman of the New York City Housing Authority, also known as NYCHA, said on Wednesday.

NYCHA says it can't place new boilers out of potential flood areas like basements until it gets federal funding.

"It doesn't make sense for us to move forward completely with a plan until we know how much money we'll receive," Rhea said.

Coney Island Cathedral Church is still trying to raise money to fix its building. FEMA doesn't give money to religious institutions.

"Coming in after Sandy was devastating, and as you can see from behind me, it's still devastating," said Chris Ifill, a minister at the Coney Island Cathedral Church.


With banks and businesses boarded up, signs of Sandy's destruction remain.

"A lot of the stores are still destroyed," said one person. "I mean, they're still trying to come back, and a few of them have, but ultimately, for what small businesses we do have here, it's only been a struggle since then."

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