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Here Comes the Story of the Hurricane: Photos of Irene in New York

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Isaac Krinsky steps over one of five trees knocked over by high winds from Hurricane Irene in front of the East River Cooperative Village apartment buildings along Grand Avenue August 28, 2011 in New York City. The hurricane hit New York as a Category 1 storm before being downgraded to a tropical storm. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Now that Irene has come and gone, it’s safe to say she didn’t exactly live up to the hype generated by the MTA’s unprecedented system-wide shutdown and Mayor Bloomberg’s similarly unprecedented evacuation order for low-lying areas. (Also, the media. Sorry!) But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t still a pretty mean storm. With an assist from Daily Intel readers around the city, here’s a look at how it all went down, from the preparations New Yorkers took beforehand to the uprooted trees and flooded streets that Irene left behind.

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Here Comes the Story of the Hurricane: Photos of Irene in New York