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Queens motel rebuilds after Sandy

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With transformers blowing all around us, live wires electrifying the swollen flood waters, Jamaica Bay's waves rippling over cross bay boulevard, and car alarms momentarily piercing through the whistling winds, one thing slipped my mind at the Surfside Motel in Howard Beach, Queens, once Superstorm Sandy had finally passed by us: to return my room key.

Six months later, we were back and we were happy to see that so is the Surfside Motel, which is looking better than before the storm.

Motel manager Anthony Vicari has been working virtually around the clock since October. Crews have transformed floors from carpet to epoxy and walls from plaster to stone, making them a little more waterproof just in case the surfside gets blindsided again.

Reconstruction cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Managers say they got virtually no help from FEMA or anyone else in the federal government.

But now the surfside, turned upside down for a time, is right-side up.

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