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  • Despite windy streets full of fallen trees, debris, and shards of glass, 74-year-old Dennis Papadatos wakes up at 5 a.m. and walks over an hour to his barber shop in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to survey storm damage.

    Dennis never misses a day of work. This has been his routine for 45 years. He's weathered blizzards, blackouts, heat waves, you name it. All he needs is an electric clipper and a sturdy chair.

    As I walk in and say, 'Good Morning', antique frames with photos line the walls around me. Dennis, wearing the same plaid green shirt he's in now, smiles back at me, posing with customers young and old, friends, and politicians.

    His son Peter greets me, relieved his father's shop is okay. "My cousins in Athens have been calling nonstop," he laughs. He tells me about his father and their hurricane preparations, between phone calls.

    Customers start to file in, sharing stories in Greek. "This shop is more than a business," said Peter, "We're here for one another."

    A small television is attached to the ceiling and is tuned into the local news. The reporter's voice competes with the sound of Dennis' shears.

    "...Fires in Queens, floating cars in Manhattan, the subway shutdown..."

    Dennis quietly keeps his head down. Hair is more important than a hurricane right now.
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