Family who fled Puerto Rico for NYC after Hurricane Maria reflects on storm's third anniversary

Three years after Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico, a family is reflecting on their journey and new beginnings in the Bronx.

News 12 Staff

Sep 20, 2020, 9:59 PM

Updated 1,345 days ago

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Three years after Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico, a family is reflecting on their journey and new beginnings in the Bronx.
Jazaira Escalera says the hurricane forced her family out of Puerto Rico. She, her husband and kids left everything behind to start a new life in New York City.
They first lived in a hotel, then a shelter and finally secured housing - but a fire in their apartment forced them back into the shelter system.
Despite the setback, the couple did not give up on the "American Dream."
They started their own food business called D'aqui after realizing the city could use more authentic Puerto Rican cuisine. They package homemade jams and pasteles for delivery.
The couple prepares their products at an apartment in the Melrose section of the Bronx, where another evacuee lives. They all met each other for first time in New York after leaving Puerto Rico, and now they are working together on the new venture.
The couple says they find inspiration in their kids, as they reflect on the third anniversary of Hurricane Maria Sunday.
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