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    Posted November 7, 2012 by
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    'Superstorm' Sandy: Your stories

    JOHNGRAZIANO and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Sandy's damage across the East Coast
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    FINANCIAL DISTRICT NOV 5

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     JOHNGRAZIANO has vowed to document the damage from Superstorm Sandy in Manhattan every day. He put together a narrated video of the scene in the empty financial district on Monday. 'It's a ghost town down there, all the restaurants, the banks, the law firms. All those people, I don't know where they are. Everywhere you go, it's haz-mat crews and people examining the foundations of buildings,' he said.

    JOHNGRAZIANO also started volunteering in Staten Island. On Monday, he came across Sen. Chuck Schumer and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano giving a press conference at the terminal. 'The Staten Island terminal itself is shut down. The escalators are not running. They have them opened up -- the engines are under water. When you walk into the terminal you don't know what's going on,' he said.

    He lives in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan, where he has power, but the A train is still down. He plans on shooting more videos like this one as the story develops.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Eight (8) days after Hurricane Sandy hit NYC, HAZMAT crews take over downtown Manhattan and continue pumping out water from various office towers, town houses, and restaurants.  Nothing below Wall Street appears to be open.

     

    The water is still filling up some areas, including the Staten island Ferry Terminal which itself is closed even though ferry service is running.

     

    Aside from a few tourists and locals heading to Staten Island, only contractors are seen downtown.   All of this footage was shot this morning around 11:00 AM.

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