Mandie Collins and Mary Lou Sabatini, from the West Brighton neighborhood of Staten Island, cooked a turkey and ham, and walked door to door with coolers offering sandwiches.
‘‘It’s surreal,’’ Collins said. ‘‘I lived down the block before. I passed by my old apartment and it’s gone.’’
Utility companies have made progress restoring power. Most service was expected to be restored in New Jersey over the weekend, and the utility that serves New York City and suburban Westchester County said it has restored electricity to about 99 percent of the 1 million homes and businesses that lost power in the storm and a subsequent nor'easter, though that percentage doesn’t count tens of thousands of homes the utility says are too damaged to receive power.
Power problems remained unresolved on New York’s Long Island, where about 300 people staged an angry protest at an office of the beleaguered Long Island Power Authority. About 130,000 of its customers still didn’t have power Saturday, LIPA said.
Amid the drudgery and heartbreak of cleanup came one special moment for Joanne McClenin, who had 5 feet of water in her Staten Island home.
On Wednesday, her husband returned to their house to find someone had returned Joanne’s 1930 baptism certificate from St. Anthony’s Church in Manhattan. It had a smudge of mud on it.
The certificate had been stored in a file cabinet of her late parents’ belongings, stored in a shed in their yard. The water from Sandy swept it away.
‘‘It felt like my father was watching me,’’ she said.
Associated Press writers David Bauder, Verena Dobnik and Mae Anderson contributed to this report.