In the days after Hurricane Sandy, some of the city’s hardest-hit areas were subject to a wave of looting driven by the widespread loss of power. But not Red Hook–the waterfront Brooklyn neighborhood was protected by an uncanny joining of forces between two of New York’s most embittered rivals: the NYPD and the Occupy movement. According to police sources, cops and occupiers hooked up to distribute food and blankets, police used their cruisers’ headlights to light the darkened streets, and community organizers worked in offices alongside police and representatives of the mayor. “It was intense, it was working, and it was awesome,” said Occupy activist┬áKirby Desmaris. “There was a shift in the energy in the community.”

Even the cops agreed. “This crisis allowed us all to remove the politics and differences we had to do our job, and come to the aid of the people,” said one officer. “We all rose to the occasion.”

And with that, I leave you this:

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