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Superstorm Sandy pictures: Hard-hit areas, then and now

Superstorm Sandy hit the New York area four years ago on Oct. 29, destroying many coastal communities.

The storm killed 42 people in the city and forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes. Over 2,000 homes across the five boroughs were severely damaged and 15,000 were moderately damaged, according to 2012 and 2013 FEMA and Department of Buildings damage assessments.

Neighborhoods in Southern Queens, Southern Brooklyn, along the east and south shores of Staten Island and Southern Manhattan were some of the areas hit worst by the storm. Many neighborhoods continue to rebuild today. There are over 5,500 construction projects in the city's Build It Back program, according to a recent report from the office of Housing Recovery Operations. Over 2,400 of the projects have been completed, falling short of Mayor Bill de Blasio's goal to have 75 percent of the homes in the program completed by the end of 2016.

Still, progress is evident in many areas. Here's what some of the places hit worst by Sandy look like today.

Breezy Point, 2012

Jamaica Walk, Breezy Point - October 30, 2012:
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Some buildings were still burning from fires caused by superstorm Sandy on Jamaica Walk in Breezy Point on Oct. 30, 2012.

Breezy Point, 2016

Jamaica Walk in the Breezy Point section of
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Jamaica Walk in Breezy Point, Queens, on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Many of the 110 buildings destroyed by fire during superstorm Sandy have been rebuilt.

Breezy Point, 2012

QUEENS, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 067, 2012. Snow
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Snow covers the area where more than 100 houses caught on fire in Breezy Point during superstorm Sandy in November 2012.

Breezy Point, 2016

The north side of 2 Gotham Walk, which
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

The north side of 2 Gotham Walk, which is still under construction, in Breezy Point on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016.

Rockaways, 2012

Seeping small quantities of oil, a giant oil
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Seeping small quantities of oil, a giant oil tank from a resident's home rests on Beach 136th Street in Belle Harbor, Rockaways, in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy on Oct. 31, 2012.

Rockaways, 2016

Location where large oil tank rested on the
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Beach 136th Street in Belle Harbor, Rockaways, where a large oil tank rested on the street and sidewalk after superstorm Sandy on Oct. 17, 2016.

Rockaways, 2012

Rockaway - October 31, 2012: Beaches in the
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Beaches in the Rockaways were cluttered with debris in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy on Oct. 31, 2012.

Rockaways, 2016

From Beach 148th Street looking west toward Far
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Restored beaches in Belle Harbor, Rockaways, from Beach 148th Street looking west toward Far Rockaway, on Oct. 17, 2016.

Midland Beach, 2012

STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 31, 2012.
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Two days after superstorm Sandy hit New York, sections of Midland Beach remained flooded. Ten people died in Midland during the storm.

Midland Beach, 2016

Hunter Avenue in the Midland Beach section of
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Hunter Avenue in the Midland Beach section of Staten Island on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016.

Midland Beach, 2012

STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 31, 2012.
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Sections of Midland Beach were flooded days after superstorm Sandy hit Staten Island.

Midland Beach, 2016

Mapleton Avenue in the Midland Beach section of
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Mapleton Avenue in Midland Beach on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016.

Oakwood Beach, 2012

A New York City worker stands near a
Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images/Paul J. Richards

The first floor of a home on Kissam Avenue washed away when superstorm Sandy hit the coastal estuary in Oakwood Beach, Staten Island.

Oakwood Beach, 2016

Looking southeast, this is where 115 Kissam Ave
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Kissam Avenue, looking southeast, where a home once stood, in Oakwood Beach, Staten Island.

Battery Park, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: The Brooklyn
Photo Credit: Getty Images/Allison Joyce

The Battery Park underpass was flooded after a tidal surge caused by superstorm Sandy on Oct. 30, 2012 in Manhattan.

Battery Park, 2016

The Battery Park underpass looking north, in Manhattan,
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

The Battery Park underpass, looking north, in Manhattan on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2016.

Battery Park, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: The Brooklyn
Photo Credit: Getty Images //Allison Joyce

The Battery Park underpass in lower Manhattan was severely flooded on Oct. 30, 2012, a day after superstorm Sandy struck New York.

Battery Park, 2016

The Battery Park underpass on the west side
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

The Battery Park underpass in lower Manhattan on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2016.

South Street Seaport, 2012

People look at destruction in South Street Seaport
Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images/Timothy A. Clary

New Yorkers clean up Fulton Street, between Front and South streets, the morning after superstorm Sandy hit the South Street Seaport on Oct. 30, 2012.

South Street Seaport, 2016

Fulton Street between Front St. and South St.,
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Fulton Street, between Front and South streets, at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2016.

South Street Seaport, 2012

Standing water around building in South Street Seaport
Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images/Timothy A. Clary

Streets at the South Street Seaport were flooded on Oct. 30, 2012.

South Street Seaport, 2016

Fulton Street at South Street at the South
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Fulton Street and South Street at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2016.

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