The Staten Island Clean-Up Has a Long Way to Go
Much of New York City is beginning to return to normal after Hurricane Sandy. But on Staten Island, some neighborhoods still look very much like disaster areas, and they will for some time. More than 23 people were killed on the island, and many homes were turned to rubble. According to New Jersey Newsroom:
Two weeks later, a tight knit waterfront community is still in a complete state of torment while trying to pick up the pieces of what remains of their homes and their lives. Not only are Staten Islanders forced to deal with an overwhelming storm cleanup, but they are also being gawked at like zoo animals by a new breed of storm chasers – the disaster tourist.
Kulib Abbas, a New York City cab driver, looks through the remains of his home swept away by Hurricane Sandy on Kissim Street on the South side of Staten Island. (Mike Segar/Reuters)
Two snow sleds stand along a fence where a home swept away by Hurricane Sandy once stood, on Staten Island. (Mike Segar/Reuters)
Pete "Blitz" Bellantoni shows his hands while taking a break from removing debris and personal items from his house, which was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. (Mike Segar/Reuters)
A young boy and his mother search through piles of clothes donated for victims of Hurricane Sandy on the South side of Staten Island. (Mike Segar/Reuters)
Shoes are placed out to dry on steps of a house in an area that was flooded on the south side of Staten Island. (Mike Segar/Reuters)