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Hurricane Sandy gives many in Long Island City a day off

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Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 3:51 pm | Updated: 11:13 am, Fri Nov 2, 2012.

Tuesday afternoon residents of Long Island City were out and about. Several of the cafes and burger joints along Vernon Boulevard were packed and many people were walking their restless dogs. There were a few downed trees, lots of leaves and some deep puddles, and many of the traffic lights were on the fritz. A few storefronts protected their property with masking tape Xs and plywood barriers.

"Nothing broke. We were lucky," said Amy Parker, who was walking her dog. She lives a few blocks uphill from Vernon Boulevard.

Many people were excused from their jobs since mass transit continues to be down, so instead residents were walking about and checking on the high water at Gantry Plaza State Park.

On Monday New York City police put crime tape around the park to warn people of the high water. The apartments close to the East River were in Zone A and asked to evacuate. Shelters were set up at Newcomers High School, Aviation High School and WC Bryant High School. The office of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) said that some residents decided to stay.

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