1:01 PM, November 28th, 2012


A Tale of Two Holidays in Sandy’s Aftermath

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, except in places ravaged by superstorm Sandy. While most people have recovered from the hurricane’s devastating winds and storm surge, pockets of New York and New Jersey are still reeling from the damage. Thousands have been displaced from their homes and lost everything with the storm. Yet, the extravagant holiday decorating continues apace in New York City. The Daily Beast looks at the disparity between the haves and have nots this holiday season.

Above, clockwise from top left:

Kathy Kmonicek / AP: A woman looks at a pair of jeans amongst the pile of clothing in front of Long Beach city hall donated for victims of Superstorm Sandy, November 6, 2012.

Peter Foley, Bloomberg / Getty Images: Women browse handbags at a Macy’s Inc. store in New York on Black Friday, November 23, 2012.

Mark Lennihan / AP Photo: Christmas decorations, salvaged from the charred remains of a home, are shown in Breezy Point, Queens, November 13, 2012.

Don Emmert / Getty Images: Christmas decorations are displayed at a Walmart store in Norwalk, Connecticut, November 17, 2012 .

Some powerful contrasts here.

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