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By sweetcaroline2339, Staten Island, NY

“It’s simple,” the man said, easily scaling over the pile of boats and debris that blocked the street. “You just step on this boat, over that jet ski, and then over the banister right there and onto the steps.”

We hesitated, standing on the sidewalk, trying to decide if there was an easier way to get a better view of the harbor without attempting the obstacle course.

“It’s really something to see,” he added, jumping off the final boat, and giving us a grim smile before heading down the street, exiting the marina.

This was Staten Island, curious and inquisitive, even after record breaking storms. Hurricane Sandy had caused billions of dollars in damage, but some innate desire to see just how bad the damage was had driven us from our homes, and plopped us onto a street a block from the yacht club.

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