But the concrete pylons remain and cast some long shadows. Some windows in the single-family neighborhood are boarded up. Some shrubs seem to have perished in the saltwater flood. The beach is full of sharp glass and plastic shards. While I was getting a manicure, one local woman said she's just now having new floors and walls installed, but no kitchen yet.
Happily, the windy salt air still is rejuvenating.
UPDATE, July 2013: The sand on Long Beach is no longer full of obvious shards, and the boardwalk is now under construction. But there are no showers, and the city still is charging $12 to sun and swim on this shabbier shore --even if you show up just before 6 p.m. when the lifeguards quit.
|Long Beach, NY boardwalk from Allegria Hotel, July 2013.|
As always, the tide keeps its routine and the sea mist is totally transforming.
More in the Long Island Press and a good photo of where things were this winter, here.