Hurricane Sandy’s devastation was centered on the New York metropolitan area, including the New Jersey suburbs. Across many states, millions suffered from the storm, and the whole nation grasped its historic scale. But New York City itself defined the catastrophe. The renaissance of many American cities is one of the great triumphs of the last generation, nowhere more so than in New York, with its legions of creative, artful, neighborly people, many of whom live and work in areas hardest hit last week.
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