After Sandy, New York's new normal

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    Broadway reopens following Hurricane Sandy on October 31, 2012 in New York City.

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    People crowd into a Chase Bank ATM kiosk to charge phones and laptops at 40th Street and 3rd Avenue, one block north of where power has gone out.

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    People wait for buses on 6th Avenue in New York on October 31, 2012 as New Yorkers cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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    Workers remove the remaining protective plywood from store windows as tourists look on in Times Square.

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    Work crews from Verizon pump water from an access tunnel in Lower Manhattan.

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    A person is evacuated from Bellevue Hospital October 31, 2012 in New York City. The hospital had been operating on backup generators since losing power during Hurricane Sandy.

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    Traders stand outside of the New York Stock Exchange on the first day of opening since Hurricane Sandy October 31, 2012 in New York City.

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    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (L) speaks with traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange October 31, 2012, as the NYSE opened for trading after being closed for two days.

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It's been three days since Sandy hit New York City, and still the city is struggling to get back to normal.

Subway service has resumed today but only on a limited basis. That means commuters will likely face another day of traffic jams. All of lower Manhattan is still without power and is facing significant damage due to flooding.

Meanwhile, coffee shops, bank branches and other local businesses have become make-shift charging stations for New Yorkers desperate to power up computers and cellphones.

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Jeremy Hobson is host of Marketplace Morning Report, where he looks at business news from a global perspective to prepare listeners for the day ahead.


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