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Governor came next and was another collaboration between Hamawi, Rosenberg, Kihlstrom, and their executive chef-partner from Colonie, Brad McDonald. Governor opened to great acclaim—both critical and within the community—but, after just a few months in operation, disaster struck in the form of Hurricane Sandy. Located not far from the lapping shoreline of the East River, Governor sustained severe damage as the storm surged and the floodwaters rose. The months upon months of work were undone, unraveling within hours.
Photo Matt Feddersen