Abandoned by the U.S. government, hurricane-ravaged Staten Island turns to the Occupy movement | Features | Charleston City Paper

"After Sandy, however, there will be no Treme, no Beasts of the Southern Wild. Spike Lee may decide to bring some attention to his beloved and beleaguered Red Hook neighborhood, but Staten Island and Far Rockaway, Queens, do command the passion and pity that the Big Easy did in 2005. First of all, these New York towns are not cultural bastions. Secondly, the damage is spread out over a wide area, with pockets of devastation amidst a city and a world that keeps on ticking. Finally, there's no clear villain or anyone to blame. This time, there's no Army Corps of Engineers, no George W. Bush, no conspiracy about a government bent on destroying a mono-racial hood rife with crime and welfare dependency to rally around. However questionable those theories were that the powers that be didn't want to help the poor, crime-ridden African-American neighborhood of the Lower Ninth Ward, at least Katrina gave us the option of blaming someone else. But in Staten Island, the people suffering are mostly white, and they're hurting from a storm that brought a wave three-quarters of a mile inland, unlike anything this part of the East Coast has experienced in our lifetimes. And the scariest part? There's a fear that because of global warming we'd better get used to these kinds of storms. This could be the new normal."

Source: Charleston City Paper