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Wedding gown found 2 years after storm

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Two years ago, Nicole Pagliaro of Staten Island dropped off her wedding gown to be cleaned and preserved at a local dry cleaner when superstorm Sandy hit.

The store was destroyed and Pagliaro assumed so had been her dress.

As her wedding anniversary approached, Pagliaro and her husband drove by another dry cleaner in town and saw the gown in the store's window.

“I held on to the ticket because this was my only connection to my wedding dress. As soon as I saw it (my gown) in the window I knew it was my dress,” said Pagliaro.

As it turns out, the owner of the store had placed the gown in the window in the hopes that Pagliaro- whom he didn't know at the time- would spot it.

"One day hopefully she’ll walk by or drive by, but I just said it in my head," said Hector Pacheco, owner of South Beach Dry Cleaners.

After the storm, Pacheco closed his first store and reopened at a different location about 10 blocks away.

The dress was the only thing that survived.

"It's unscathed," said Pagliaro.

The now mother of a baby girl who works as a nurse in Manhattan claimed the dress and received free dry cleaning for one month.

"It's beautiful," said Pacheco.

As for the store, Pacheco says business is picking up but it took a full two years.

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