One year after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the coasts of New York and New Jersey, the recovery has been mixed. Some residents have rebuilt and others are participating in a buyback program instituted by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to return some neighborhoods to nature. At least 286 people were killed by the storm, which made landfall on October 29, 2012. — Thea Breite ( 19 photos )

People hold hands during a remembrance ceremony along the beachfront damaged by hurricane Sandy in October 2012 in the Rockaways section of the borough of Queens in New York October 27, 2013. Local residents gathered to observe a moment of silence two days before the one year anniversary of the storm. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)