I was at a volunteer station in Staten Island this weekend when I recognized a man. I remembered taking his photo on Christmas Day last year, in Greenwich Village. The holiday-themed caption was: “Count Your Blessings.” How fitting that I’d discover him one year later, on the other side of the city, helping with hurricane relief.

5 November 2012
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In this week’s matchup, the Staten Island Hurricanes take on Hurricane Sandy. Staten Island favored by three touchdowns.

5 November 2012
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This little guy was riding on a crowded Staten Island Railroad car when he shouted: “Hey everybody! I’m three years old! And my mom is seventy years old!”

Somebody on the other side of the car shouted back: “Can I get the name of mom’s lotion?”

5 November 2012
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In times of crisis, we realize the mass amount of manpower and infrastructure underlying those resources we take for granted. This truck was driven into Staten Island by FuelReliefFund.org, a charity that specializes in delivering fuel to disaster areas. A little less romantic than handing out food and blankets, but such important work. Their motto: “The next best thing to food, water, and shelter.”

5 November 2012
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Volunteers from the Staten Island Muslim-American Society, heading back to their car for more supplies. 

4 November 2012
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Seen on Staten Island.

4 November 2012
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Firefighters from FDNY Engine 228. When I was taking the photo, a bystander leaned in and whispered: “They aren’t even on the job. It’s their day off.”

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