Sunday, November 04, 2012

LIVE FROM NEW YORK: Hurricane Sandy

Well, hello there. Updates have been a little sparse lately due some bitch named Sandy who ripped through almost the entire American East Coast last week.
A view of the island of Manhattan on Tuesday, October 31st (Halloween). Virtually everything south of 34th Street had no power.

For those of you who don't already know, I may be originally from Upstate New York, but currently reside in Brooklyn (although luckily, in a "safe" area that was not in one of the designated 'Evacuation Zones'). However, for a good year, I did live in what is known as Battery Park City, just a few blocks from the World Trade Center site with a picturesque view of Battery Park and the Statue of Libery in my "front yard". This area was on the front lines of the storm surge flooding that happened last Monday and was basically underwater. My old building was evacuated.
With subway lines from Brooklyn to Manhattan literally flooded with water instead of people for the entirety of last week, I was forced to take a bus into the City for the ol' day job (it should also be noted my office is on 26th Street, an area that is in the new trendy Manhattan neighborhood known as SoPO, or South of Power Outage). That bus detoured all through Lower Manhattan and to see my old 'hood waterlogged, empty and dark was a bizarre, sobering experience. The commute may have taken longer, but at least I had an apartment with power and heat to come back to at the end of the day and it reminds you of what's really important in this life. My heart goes out all of the people affected from Superstorm Sandy, and I encourage all of you to give what you can to the RedCross to help their relief efforts.
Rather than focus on the sad, let's move on to the thing that is getting me through this weird time of living in the NYC metro area -- good, dancey pop music. Expect more posts shortly.

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