In the final days of October (2012), Hurricane Sandy caused billions of dollars in damage to the New York City metro area. The Rockaway peninsula was perhaps the hardest hit, but its recovery has also been the slowest. More than 60 days after the storm made landfall in New York, Rockaway residents continued to struggle to obtain food, clothing, and shelter; their homes were left moldy, cold and uninhabitable; many more were still without power. Official assistance has been slow, and residents have encountered insurmountable obstacles to receiving aid from relief agencies. A mold crisis is a particular focus of this report.