On the mend: Coney Island and the Rockaways

8 months after Superstorm Sandy devastated New York's Rockaways and Coney Island, flooding homes, destroying boardwalks and eroding beaches, these communities are on the mend and ready for summer.

A child rides the B & B Carousel on the Coney Island's boardwalk, Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in New York. Eight months after Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, Coney Island's rides, eateries and beach are getting plenty of visitors, and there are even a few new attractions like a carousel and a store for fans of the Nets basketball team. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
A child rides the B & B Carousel on the Coney Island's boardwalk, Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in New York. Eight months after Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, Coney Island's rides, eateries and beach are getting plenty of visitors, and there are even a few new attractions like a carousel and a store for fans of the Nets basketball team. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
A child rides the B & B Carousel on the Coney Island's boardwalk, Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in New York. Eight months after Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, Coney Island's rides, eateries and beach are getting plenty of visitors, and there are even a few new attractions like a carousel and a store for fans of the Nets basketball team. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
This June 12, 2013 photo shows various food stands along Surf Avenue in the Coney Island section of the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
This June 12, 2013 photo shows various food stands along Surf Avenue in the Coney Island section of the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
This June 12, 2013 photo shows various food stands along Surf Avenue in the Coney Island section of the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
FILE - In this file photo of May 24, 2013 photo, surfers wait to catch waves at Rockaway Beach in the Queens borough of New York. Superstorm Sandy hit the Rockaways hard last fall, flooding homes and stores, eroding the beach in some spots and destroying the boardwalk, but subway service has been restored, small businesses are reopening, and the beaches are attracting plenty of visitors. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
FILE - In this file photo of May 24, 2013 photo, surfers wait to catch waves at Rockaway Beach in the Queens borough of New York. Superstorm Sandy hit the Rockaways hard last fall, flooding homes and stores, eroding the beach in some spots and destroying the boardwalk, but subway service has been restored, small businesses are reopening, and the beaches are attracting plenty of visitors. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
FILE - In this file photo of May 24, 2013 photo, surfers wait to catch waves at Rockaway Beach in the Queens borough of New York. Superstorm Sandy hit the Rockaways hard last fall, flooding homes and stores, eroding the beach in some spots and destroying the boardwalk, but subway service has been restored, small businesses are reopening, and the beaches are attracting plenty of visitors. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
This June 12, 2013 photo shows the 90-year-old fortune telling machine "Grandma's Predictions," which was restored after damage in superstorm Sandy at the amusement park in the Coney Island neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
This June 12, 2013 photo shows the 90-year-old fortune telling machine "Grandma's Predictions," which was restored after damage in superstorm Sandy at the amusement park in the Coney Island neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
This June 12, 2013 photo shows the 90-year-old fortune telling machine "Grandma's Predictions," which was restored after damage in superstorm Sandy at the amusement park in the Coney Island neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
This June 12, 2013 photo shows the Wonder Wheel along the Coney Island boardwalk while visitors take to the beach in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
This June 12, 2013 photo shows the Wonder Wheel along the Coney Island boardwalk while visitors take to the beach in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
This June 12, 2013 photo shows the Wonder Wheel along the Coney Island boardwalk while visitors take to the beach in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
FILE - In this file photo of May 23, 2013, a tray of candy apples is displayed at Williams Candy at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York.Eight months after Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, Coney Island’s rides, eateries and beach are getting plenty of visitors, and there are even a few new attractions like a carousel and a store for fans of the Nets basektball team. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
FILE - In this file photo of May 23, 2013, a tray of candy apples is displayed at Williams Candy at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York.Eight months after Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, Coney Island’s rides, eateries and beach are getting plenty of visitors, and there are even a few new attractions like a carousel and a store for fans of the Nets basektball team. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
FILE - In this file photo of May 23, 2013, a tray of candy apples is displayed at Williams Candy at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York.Eight months after Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, Coney Island’s rides, eateries and beach are getting plenty of visitors, and there are even a few new attractions like a carousel and a store for fans of the Nets basektball team. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
This June 12, 2013 photo shows Totonno's Pizzeria pizzaioli Michael Gammone, left, and John Raffaele baking in the same coal oven founded with the establishment 89 years ago in the Coney Island neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The eatery has reopened after being closed 5 months from superstorm Sandy damage. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
This June 12, 2013 photo shows Totonno's Pizzeria pizzaioli Michael Gammone, left, and John Raffaele baking in the same coal oven founded with the establishment 89 years ago in the Coney Island neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The eatery has reopened after being closed 5 months from superstorm Sandy damage. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
This June 12, 2013 photo shows Totonno's Pizzeria pizzaioli Michael Gammone, left, and John Raffaele baking in the same coal oven founded with the establishment 89 years ago in the Coney Island neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The eatery has reopened after being closed 5 months from superstorm Sandy damage. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
A detail of one of the horses on Coney Island's B & B Carousel is seen June 19, 2013 in New York. Eight months after Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, Coney Island's rides, eateries and beach are getting plenty of visitors, and there are even a few new attractions like a carousel and a store for fans of the Nets basketball team. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
A detail of one of the horses on Coney Island's B & B Carousel is seen June 19, 2013 in New York. Eight months after Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, Coney Island's rides, eateries and beach are getting plenty of visitors, and there are even a few new attractions like a carousel and a store for fans of the Nets basketball team. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
A detail of one of the horses on Coney Island's B & B Carousel is seen June 19, 2013 in New York. Eight months after Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, Coney Island's rides, eateries and beach are getting plenty of visitors, and there are even a few new attractions like a carousel and a store for fans of the Nets basketball team. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this June 1, 2013 photo, foundations, foreground, that once supported a boardwalk at the Rockaways in the Queens borough of New York, still await rebuilding as bathers take to the beach. Superstorm Sandy hit the Rockaways hard last fall, flooding homes and stores, eroding the beach in some spots and destroying the boardwalk, but subway service has been restored, small businesses are reopening, and the beaches are attracting plenty of visitors. (AP Photo/Beth Harpaz)
In this June 1, 2013 photo, foundations, foreground, that once supported a boardwalk at the Rockaways in the Queens borough of New York, still await rebuilding as bathers take to the beach. Superstorm Sandy hit the Rockaways hard last fall, flooding homes and stores, eroding the beach in some spots and destroying the boardwalk, but subway service has been restored, small businesses are reopening, and the beaches are attracting plenty of visitors. (AP Photo/Beth Harpaz)
In this June 1, 2013 photo, foundations, foreground, that once supported a boardwalk at the Rockaways in the Queens borough of New York, still await rebuilding as bathers take to the beach. Superstorm Sandy hit the Rockaways hard last fall, flooding homes and stores, eroding the beach in some spots and destroying the boardwalk, but subway service has been restored, small businesses are reopening, and the beaches are attracting plenty of visitors. (AP Photo/Beth Harpaz)
FILE - In this file photo of May 24, 2013, sea lion Osborne performs with trainer Guenter Skammel during a preview of the sea lion show at the New York Aquarium in the Coney Island section of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Eight months after Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, Coney Island’s aquarium, rides, eateries and beach are getting plenty of visitors, and there are even a few new attractions like a carousel and a store for fans of the Nets basektball team. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)
FILE - In this file photo of May 24, 2013, sea lion Osborne performs with trainer Guenter Skammel during a preview of the sea lion show at the New York Aquarium in the Coney Island section of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Eight months after Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, Coney Island’s aquarium, rides, eateries and beach are getting plenty of visitors, and there are even a few new attractions like a carousel and a store for fans of the Nets basektball team. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)
FILE - In this file photo of May 24, 2013, sea lion Osborne performs with trainer Guenter Skammel during a preview of the sea lion show at the New York Aquarium in the Coney Island section of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Eight months after Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, Coney Island’s aquarium, rides, eateries and beach are getting plenty of visitors, and there are even a few new attractions like a carousel and a store for fans of the Nets basektball team. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)
This June 12, 2012 photo shows Totonno's Pizzeria in the Coney Island section in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The eatery has reopened after being closed 5 months from superstorm Sandy damage. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
This June 12, 2012 photo shows Totonno's Pizzeria in the Coney Island section in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The eatery has reopened after being closed 5 months from superstorm Sandy damage. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
This June 12, 2012 photo shows Totonno's Pizzeria in the Coney Island section in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The eatery has reopened after being closed 5 months from superstorm Sandy damage. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
This June 12, 2013 photo shows a couple looking at the 90-year-old fortune telling machine "Grandma's Predictions," which was restored after damage in superstorm Sandy at the amusement park in the Coney Island neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
This June 12, 2013 photo shows a couple looking at the 90-year-old fortune telling machine "Grandma's Predictions," which was restored after damage in superstorm Sandy at the amusement park in the Coney Island neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
This June 12, 2013 photo shows a couple looking at the 90-year-old fortune telling machine "Grandma's Predictions," which was restored after damage in superstorm Sandy at the amusement park in the Coney Island neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
The B & B Carousel is seen on the Coney Island's boardwalk next to the Parachute Jump, Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in New York. Eight months after Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, Coney Island's rides, eateries and beach are getting plenty of visitors, and there are even a few new attractions like a carousel and a store for fans of the Nets basketball team. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
The B & B Carousel is seen on the Coney Island's boardwalk next to the Parachute Jump, Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in New York. Eight months after Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, Coney Island's rides, eateries and beach are getting plenty of visitors, and there are even a few new attractions like a carousel and a store for fans of the Nets basketball team. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
The B & B Carousel is seen on the Coney Island's boardwalk next to the Parachute Jump, Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in New York. Eight months after Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, Coney Island's rides, eateries and beach are getting plenty of visitors, and there are even a few new attractions like a carousel and a store for fans of the Nets basketball team. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
This June 12, 2013 photo shows cranes repairing a pier that was damaged during superstorm Sandy while visitors take to the beach in the Coney Island neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
This June 12, 2013 photo shows cranes repairing a pier that was damaged during superstorm Sandy while visitors take to the beach in the Coney Island neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
This June 12, 2013 photo shows cranes repairing a pier that was damaged during superstorm Sandy while visitors take to the beach in the Coney Island neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
In this May 31, 2013 photo, a sign outside of Coney Island's New York Aquarium details rebuilding efforts at the aquarium in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Eight months after Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, Coney Island’s rides, eateries and beach are getting plenty of visitors, and there are even a few new attractions like a carousel and a store for fans of the Nets basektball team. (AP Photo/Beth Harpaz)
In this May 31, 2013 photo, a sign outside of Coney Island's New York Aquarium details rebuilding efforts at the aquarium in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Eight months after Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, Coney Island’s rides, eateries and beach are getting plenty of visitors, and there are even a few new attractions like a carousel and a store for fans of the Nets basektball team. (AP Photo/Beth Harpaz)
In this May 31, 2013 photo, a sign outside of Coney Island's New York Aquarium details rebuilding efforts at the aquarium in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Eight months after Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, Coney Island’s rides, eateries and beach are getting plenty of visitors, and there are even a few new attractions like a carousel and a store for fans of the Nets basektball team. (AP Photo/Beth Harpaz)

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