02/05/2013 05:41 pm ET

Picking Up The Pieces In Manhattan Beach

“We are out of sliced ham,” my mother said over the phone. “That is our chief concern at the moment.”

It was ten a.m. on October 29, 2012, and my parents and brother were making breakfast in Zone A. Hurricane Sandy was on her way and the residents of Manhattan Beach, a Brooklyn community located on a peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and Sheepshead Bay, had been told to evacuate. My family decided to stay, as did most of their friends and neighbors.

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