[VIDEO] This Rockaway Beach Chocolate Factory Survived Hurricane Sandy and Keeps on Ticking

The Chocolate Factory That Keeps Queens Working
The Chocolate Factory That Keeps Queens Working
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The Madelaine Chocolate Company has been in its current Rockaway, Queens factory since 1967. When the entire factory was destroyed due to flooding after Hurricane Sandy, the company had to start over from scratch. But, they survived and are now one of the largest manufacturing factories in New York City. Check out this short video from New York Magazine to learn more about how the company made it through tough times.

It hasn’t always been easygoing for the Farber family since the Madelaine Chocolate Factory opened in 1949. In 2012, in fact, their waterfront factory in the Rockaway Beach area of Queens was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. The storm caused $50 million worth of damage to machinery and equipment, and Jorge Farber, who took over the factory after his father died, was forced to make some tough decisions. Today, the company has rebuilt and remains a pillar of the community.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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