2 November 2012
Last updated at 21:25 ET
Days after super-storm Sandy made landfall on the US east coast, recovery efforts continue as tensions rise in some communities hardest hit by the cyclone
One of the most challenging parts of the clean-up has been moving lingering water and tonnes of sand from streets and homes.
Volunteers delivered food and water to elderly and disabled residents of high rise apartments in lower Manhattan, where electricity has been out for several days.
In low-lying Red Hook, Brooklyn, a community centre helped hand out food and clothing to those whose homes were flooded.
Electricity is slowly returning to New York City, as power was restored on Friday afternoon to more than 65,000 people in the East Village and Lower East Side neighbourhoods. Almost 3.5 million people without power remain, and for many it could take weeks before power returns.
Staten Island was pummelled by record-high waves that destroyed many homes. Here, the Traina family sort through photographs and other personal items after their home was completely destroyed by the storm surge
Local politicians in Staten Island criticised the government and aid agencies for what they said was a slow response to their pleas for help.
On Friday, US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (centre) toured relief efforts in the south-western borough.
After mounting criticism, the New York Marathon was cancelled on Friday. Here, a security guard watches two power generators ordered by the race organisers.