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The Spirit Of Staten Island In 27 Pictures

Staten Island will rise again!

Staten Island was one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy.

Just complete, utter devastation…

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Seth Wenig / AP

1. But now the people of Staten Island are rebuilding.

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2. There are signs of hope all around.

4. Neighbors are coming together.

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5. Volunteers are arriving to help.

6. And cleanup has begun!

7. People have opened up their homes.

8. And more importantly, their bathrooms.

9. Families are pitching in.

This picture was captioned on Instagram: “The Fleming family decided to drive around Staten Island giving out free coffee. Even that one cup of hot coffee made a big difference to people. New Yorkers are really getting on board these days by volunteering in the disaster areas. It’s a beautiful uplifting thing.”

10. Those with power are giving it away for free.

11. Services are being offered for free.

12. Hot dogs and hamburgers are being grilled.

13. Clothes are being stacked.

Midland Beach.

14. Flags are being raised.

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16. Supplies handed out.

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17. Memories are being found.

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Kate Traina looks at a strip of photographic negatives as she joined other family members as they were salvaging items from her grandparents’ home.

18. Pets are being reunited with their owners.

This picture was captioned: “So we’re cleaning at this house along the shore and all of the sudden we hear screaming… The family found their cat that they’ve been calling for days!”

19. And through it all, some still have a sense of humor.

21. So yeah, Sandy you really suck.

22. And you broke a lot of hearts.

23. But the people of Staten Island, along with our help, will make it.

26. One bowl of pasta at a time.

27. “You can take our home. But you can’t take our heart!”

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