First Sandy. Then a nor'easter. Residents in this small hamlet at the eastern edge of Rockaway Peninsula are exhausted and on edge.
Eleven days after Superstorm Sandy made landfall, flooding nearly all of the Rockaways, they are still cold and in the dark.
Huddled beneath blankets and with the car's heat cranked up, 56-year-old Matt Lintonmapp Jr. has spent every night sleeping in his car since Sandy left him homeless.
"My place got washed out," he said, adding that work and community ties have kept him from evacuating.
"There's nothing left."
Parked by the liquor store where he works, Lintonmapp has squeezed in a few hours of sleep each night while keeping an eye out for looters.
"I'm a survivor," he said with a certain New Yorker's swagger that now barely masks the slight quake in his voice.
Waiting for gas, he said, "I hope everyone on this line is a survivor too, because we're all together now."
The frustration has boiled over at times. In Long Island, Oceanside residents booed local and federal officials who came to address power restoration.
"What are you doing for us?" they shouted.
Earlier in the week, fistfights broke out at relief supply depots in Far Rockaway, Queens, just as the first snowfall of the year blanketed the region and ushered in fresh misery to those already battered by Sandy.
Many, like Lintonmapp, have had no choice but to eat meals that the National Guard is handing out.
"It's all right. The military came through for me," he said. "They're not too bad."
Clean, running water is also in shorter supply across the peninsula in the wake of the crisis. Some residents were seen carrying buckets of water to wash down their toilets. Others boiled water to drink later or use for cooking.
Still, gas remains the crucial thing here.
Cloaked in blankets and heavy clothing, shivering residents queued up at one of Far Rockaway's few fuel depots on Thursday, often carrying two or three gas cans at a time. Puffy winter jackets wrapped around young children who accompanied their parents rather than stay in damp, cold homes.
And many commuters remained stranded as Long Island rail lines remained down there and in Long Beach.
"A majority of people work in the city and there's no transportation," said Margarita Alvarez, 41, whose home was badly damaged during last week's storm. "You just can't get to work."
Other residents, like 60-year-old Rosemary Shephard, are using the fuel for generators.
"I thank God for this gas," Shephard said after finally filling her gas can.
In an effort to alleviate the long gas lines, police on Friday began enforcing a new alternating fuel ration system in New York City and Long Island. Drivers with license plates that end with a letter or an odd number can fill up Friday. Those with even numbers or zero can fill up Saturday, and so on.
Authorities cut off Shephard's electricity last Monday, along with thousands of others, as a precaution ahead of Sandy. But unlike other storm refugees now holed up in warmer places with family and friends, Shephard decided to stay put in her Far Rockaway home.
"You have to stay," she said. "If I leave, what would happen to my house when I got back?"
More than a week after floodwater rushed into her basement, destroyed her property and soaked her circuit box with salt water, there is still no clear sign of when power might be restored.
Meanwhile, the weather has been getting colder.