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By CHRISTINA REXRODE and DAVID BAUDER and VERENA DOBNIK


NEW YORK (AP) - Residents of New York's Staten Island borough are noticing something new as they and volunteers work to clear the remains of storm-damaged homes: gawkers.

Cruising by in cars or walking through streets snapping photos, these people are drawn to the scene of a tragedy to glimpse what they've seen on television come to life.

Some find it annoying. Resident Mickey Merrell says, "Sometimes it's like we're at the zoo. So many people come and stop and stare at this place."

About 73,000 utility customers in New York and New Jersey remained without power late Sunday, most of them on Long Island. The Long Island Power Authority has been harshly criticized for lagging behind others in restoring power and releasing too little information to consumers.

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