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Goodnight, Irene, see you in our dreams (access required)

Power out? No AC? Northerners get a taste of post-hurricane life

Long Islanders are a hearty lot, many of us having trekked here from as far away as Brooklyn and Queens without any sign of wear. We carved suburbia from the wilderness of summer estates, built schools and way too many fire houses, then perfected the art of shopping. We’ve withstood gypsy garbage barges and Amy Fisher, the Shoreham debate and Bobby Kumar’s kidnapping. Even today, we are a people that can butter a roll, apply makeup and tailgate, all at the same time. Irene should have known better.

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