A Bronx neighborhood considered a hidden gem is still trying to recover from the destruction caused by Sandy a year later. NY1's Erin Clarke filed the following report.
Even before Sandy, the summer of 2012 was devastating for Corinne Grondahl. Her daughter was diagnosed with cancer, then shortly after she got the same diagnosis, and then Sandy.
"The third whammy was when the hurricane hit. And I got hit bad," Grondahl recalled.
Water swelled into her home, destroying furniture, appliances, art supplies and a life's worth of work. A few days later, NY1 saw the wreckage first-hand.
Until she retired, Grondahl had taught art, first in the Bronx and Transfiguration School in Manhattan. Dr. Patrick Taharally, the principal who worked with Grondahl at both schools, learned about her plight from NY1's story.
"Corinne is a fantastic person and an excellent teacher," Taharally said. "We were devastated to learn that everything and all her art work had been destroyed."
The people who Grondahl had given so much to felt it was their turn to give back to her.
"We always have a Christmas concert and so we dedicated the concert to Corinne and we sent word out to the parents, and so, we never charge an admission for concerts, but that particular year we asked for specific contributions," Taharally said.
The concert generated about $10,000. In addition, parents and alumni sent Grondahl money.
With those donations and what she got from insurance, Grondahl was able to restore her home. To her friends, family and everyone at the Transfiguration School Grondahl
"Thank you. Thank you for your love and help," Grondahl said.