One year after Sandy, many communities along New Jersey’s coast still have a long way to go to repair their damages. With help from our friends at Jersey Shore Hurricane News, we recently asked readers and residents to tell us which towns and neighborhoods they think deserve particular attention as the recovery continues. Here are some of the most notable responses.
3. Union Beach
More than 1,700 homes and rentals -- or about 80 percent of this blue collar borough’s dwellings -- sustained damage when storm surges enveloped this bayshore community. On Brook Avenue and Front Street, which border the Raritan Bay, large swaths of the neighborhood are now vacant land, and on nearby blocks, many homes remain abandoned. Some residents are temporarily living in RVs parked in their front yards as they await the arrival of aid money.