As I noted earlier this afternoon, today is the first really big day of city-wide volunteerism and cleanup in Staten Island, the Rockaways and the other parts of Brooklyn and Queens that were hardest hit by the storm. In the past few days, I’ve heard Staten Island being referred to as “the forgotten borough.” An Associated Press reporter wrote this morning, “Gazing at her bungalow, swept from its foundation and tossed across the street, Janice Clarkin wondered if help would ever come to this battered island off the coast of Manhattan.” Clarkin asked the AP reporter, ”Do you see anybody here?,” adding, “On the news, the mayor’s congratulating the governor and the governor’s congratulating the mayor. About what? People died.”
There are so many sad stories out of Staten Island: the woman who lost her two children when her neighbors refused to help her. The elderly who died because they couldn’t evacuate. If you haven’t been moved to help yet because you don’t realize how bad things are, here are some photos of Staten Island taken in the areas that were still passable this week:
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