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Every Day I’m Hustlin’

Polina Hansen

Photo: J.M. Giordano, License: N/A

J.M. Giordano

Sometimes you have to hustle just to stay afloat. As Hurricane Sandy roils slowly up the coast, toward the city, white and black sandbags pop up in front of Fells Point buildings like heavy mushrooms. Polina Hansen, owner of the newly opened shop, Polina’s Prive, eyes the scene warily. “I was not worried,” she says after her sandbags are in place. “[The media] tends to exaggerate, but this one looks big.” Her husband, Eric, hauled almost a dozen coarse white bags from the mountain of free sand at the foot of Broadway to her shop, a few blocks away. She helped him arrange them beneath her storefront window. Last year’s high tide during a rainstorm passed by her store (which specializes in European lingerie) because it was on higher ground around the corner. She says goodbye to a pair of last-minute customers who roll out with bags of lingerie. This time, she looks a little worried.

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