The patchy recovery from Hurricane Sandy exposed a fractured region on Saturday: The lights flickered on in Manhattan neighborhoods that had been dark for days and the city’s subways rumbled and screeched through East River tunnels again. But in shorefront stretches of Staten Island and Queens that were all but demolished, and in broad sections of New Jersey and Long Island, gasoline was almost impossible to come by, electricity remained absent, and worried homeowners wondered when help would finally arrive.
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