STATEN ISLAND (PIX11)--Nicole Pagliaro’s wedding dress was the only item inside Staten Island’s South Beach Dry Cleaners to withstand Hurricane Sandy. But Nicole had no idea.
Pagliaro dropped off her dress for cleaning and storage in the summer of 2012. She went back after Superstorm Sandy and was shocked, “the dry cleaner basically got destroyed.”
Nicole and her husband Michael drove past the closed dry cleaner several times over the last two years hoping to run into the owner and ask about the wedding gown, but they never had any luck.
South Beach owner Hector Pacheco reopened his business in 2014 in a new location. Pacheco always remembered Nicole Pagliaro and held onto her gown after pulling it from storm debris. It was in perfect condition. So in his new
McClean Avenue location “we put the dress in [the front window] case she will pass by hopefully and get it, because she used to live in the neighborhood,” he said.
Two weeks ago Nicole and Michael ran into traffic and decided to detour down McClean Avenue. Their car stopped in traffic in front of the new South Beach Dry Cleaners and Nicole yelled out, “honey that's really my dress.”
The next day Nicole returned to check out the gown in the window. “I was like, oh my God she came back for the dress,” Pacheo remembers.
“We’re thankful, and were even more thankful that we found it today,” said Michael. The couple celebrated their second wedding anniversary this week.