A different route to work led Nicole Pagliaro to the dress she thought was gone for good

By Associated Press
Updated July 29, 2014 11:55 AM
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Credit: Hilton Flores/Staten Island Advance/Landov

When a New York City dry cleaners was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, the only item to survive was Nicole Pagliaro’s wedding dress.

But her name was lost to owner Hector Pacheco, who reopened after more than a year and in a new location.

Pagliaro had brought the dress to him after her 2012 wedding. When the storm swamped and shuttered the Staten Island store, she assumed it was lost.

But two weeks ago, she took a different route to work and spotted it in the window of Pacheco’s new store. She tells The Staten Island Advance she knew instantly it was her dress. She even still had the ticket for it.

Pagliaro wants her daughter – now 18 months old – to wear the dress on her wedding day.

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