From the NY Post:
They should be prime local real estate -- a line of 16 quaint bungalows in the Rockaways, right on the beach, decorated with sea air and sunshine.
Instead, like a growing number of abandoned and foreclosed properties around New York City, they are home to only squatters -- eight Salvadorans who ripped away cheap plywood that sealed the doors and windows and set up camp.
The shacks are in bad shape, lacking water, heat and electricity. But the few that are habitable have been turned into adequate shelters, complete with front porches, buckets to collect rainwater, and small courtyard gardens seeded with jalapeno peppers and tomatoes.
"It's nice and calm here," said Roberto Escobar, a 53-year-old native of El Salvador who used to make his living as a day laborer until business dried up.