Brooklyn —

After the end of gas rationing in New York City, a slow, steady stream of customers approached a cashier booth inside a Gulf gas station at the intersection of Myrtle and Vanderbilt Avenues. They slid coins and bills under the Plexiglas partition and left after brief but polite conversation with the cashier, Shook Kamar.

The quiet station looked, heard and smelled nothing like it did earlier this month, when Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath turned it into an epicenter of social unrest.