Only a few items could be recovered from the ground floor of the house. A small white baptismal coat worn by the two brothers as a baby. Joey Ferraro’s pitbull, spanky ashes. A 1974 ceramic blue, white and gold beer mug from his father’s alma mater, Delehanti High School.
“It’s my family’s home and my kids’ home,” said 28-year-old Michael Ferraro. “I have all my childhood memories here. This is where we grew up, this is where my dad grew up, this is where my grandparents lived. It’s a place. If you moved here 10 years ago, that wouldn’t be the case. “
“We are the last two remaining,” he added. “I’m a sentimental person, but I don’t want to stay for that reason, so the question is whether we want to stay or go somewhere and start something brand new.”
As the sun began to set, Marco and Joanna Velasco headed to Anchor Inn on the Bayside of Queens, where their two sons Allen (22) and Matthew (12) were waiting in a small room reserved by the American Red Cross. I did. .. Velasco’s 80-year-old mother, Nelly Velasco, was sitting in the backseat of an SUV.
Verasco said aloud her concerns: when will the gas turn on again? Can the second plumber they hire make the necessary modifications that the first plumber couldn’t? Can they save on boilers or do they have to spend $ 1,700 to replace them? Does insurance cover damage? If not, how would they pay the invoice?
After pulling into the hotel parking lot, Velascos crossed the street and picked up some bags of soda, roast chicken, rice, macaroni and cheese. Then they settled down in the room.
Verasco was tired of sitting in one of the two queen beds, folding her hands on her lap, and cleaning her hard-built house for two days.