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Sandy Minute-by-Minute: Commuting by Sea at 6:30 AM

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Rockaway resident Raul Romero takes a ferry to work every morning from Rockaway Park, Queens to Lower Manhattan. Rockaway resident Raul Romero takes a ferry to work every morning from Rockaway Park, Queens to Lower Manhattan. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Life changed for thousands in our region almost a year ago when Sandy blew in. For Raul Romero, a resident of Rockaway Beach, that change is most evident every morning when he boards the Sea-Streak Ferry for his morning commute.

Romero, 61, drove to work before Sandy, but the storm destroyed his car. So he got a job in the city and became a commuter. "As far as water is concerned, the water is not a drama to me," he said. "I live in a little island that’s only 3 blocks wide so there’s water everywhere. I happen to love water. I’m a cancer."

As soon as Romero sits down he makes sure to send his wife a text message. "I let her know I’m on my yacht," he said. "She gets a kick out of that. It’d be nice if it was a real yacht."

To listen to Romero's story, click on the audio link.


The Seastreak ferry departs regularly from Rockaway Beach, Queens and makes stops in Brooklyn and Manhattan. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Rockaway resident Raul Romero taking a ferry to work every morning from Rockaway Park, Queens to Lower Manhattan. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

View from Seastreak ferry under the Verrazao Narrows Bridge heading to Lower Manhattan. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

 

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Gisele Regatao

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Comments [1]

Danny Ruscillo from Rockaway Park, NY

The Rockaway Ferry is the BEST thing that ever happened!! Great form of transportation and needed transportation for the Rockaway's, Broad Channel and Breezy Point. This must be kept as a permanent form of transportation.

Jan. 02 2014 06:48 AM

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