Volunteers from the Dutch Kills Civic Association first gathered 31 years ago at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge on Marathon Sunday, to assist runners in the New York City Marathon – the annual 25- mile, 385-yard trek through the five boroughs.
With the race cancelled for the first time this year due to Hurricane Sandy, many local volunteers turned their efforts to helping victims of the storm.
Maeve and Dennis Farley spent the day in Belle Harbor distributing water, blankets and meals to area residents who went from homeowners to homeless when the storm ravaged the community.
“A lot of these people were just getting their lives back to normal after fixing the damage from the 2001 plane crash,” Dennis Farley said. “Most people don’t realize that the crash site is in the middle of the area destroyed by the hurricane.”
Farley was referring to the 2001 crash of American Airlines Flight