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Construction on the New York Wheel over in Staten Island has started up once again after delays due to proposed changes. At a town hall style meeting in late October, between 11 small business owners and representatives from the Department of City Planning, business owners expressed their feeling of neglect that the city has focused so much time on building this attraction, rather then continuing to aide them after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, or making progress on the proposed ‘sea wall’ to prevent future flooding. “We want an exact timeline,” demanded Joe Herrnkind of the Staten Island Alliance. Joseph Altobelli caught up with some of these business owners to see how they are faring three years after the storm.

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Diana Petrone’s business, Not Just Bagels, was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy back in 2012. Three years later, she is still trying to get her shop of 11 years back to normalcy. Photo by Joseph Altobelli.