• Credit: Associated Press/Mary Altaffer

Four months after Hurricane Sandy, it’s not just the beach communities in New Jersey to Long Island that are still in rough shape. Parts of Manhattan are also far from recovering. The Huffington Post has the story here (“South Street Seaport Area In Lower Manhattan A 'Ghost Town' Months After Hurricane Sandy,” by Meghan Barr).

“Just blocks from the tall-masted ships that rise above South Street Seaport, the windows of narrow brick apartment buildings are still crisscrossed with masking tape left by their owners before the storm. Store interiors are stripped down to plywood and wiring.

Restaurants are chained shut, frozen in time, saddled with electrical systems that were ruined by several feet of salt water that raced up from the East River and through their front doors,” the story says.

“Right now,” said one resident, “it’s a ghost town and a construction site.”