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  • Most survey the brutal post storm landscape of downed trees, flooded stores and homes, and blackouts with sadness and awe.
    But if you keep your head down when walking along the damaged streets of New York, you'll also see delight.
    Mostly Chinese women are industriously harvesting the fruits of female gingko trees, shaken and blown by the hundreds from their branches.
    They march from park to park with gloves and plastic bags and containers picking up pink berried treasure by the handfuls.
    To put it mildly their target smells awful, like all the dogs in Park Slope defecated at once.
    But never mind.
    Peel away the fleshy outer layer, and you'll find a light brown nut, good for roasting and later eating as a snack.
    In China gingko trees are considered sacred, often planted near temples.
    Gingko fruit is also known as an elixir for hangovers, coughs, and asthma.
    A city worker cleaning up storm damage from a park eyes one Chinese scavenger as she dutifully scrapes gingko from under a restricted fence with a stick.
    "I heard they use em as an aphrodisiac."
    However the pounds of gingko fruit are being used tonight, they are a reminder that while storms certainly take, they also provide.
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