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August 27, 2011
Craig Ruttle photo

Thomas Walker, of Merrick, N.Y., far left, who runs a business on the Coney Island boardwalk, looks out over the adjacent closed beach as he and others await the arrival of Hurricane Irene, Saturday, Aug. 27 2011, in the Coney Island section of New York.