Following up from my last post, this was the view uptown from my apt. building that Hurricane Sandy left us with for 4 nights after our power went out last week. The lit skyline in the distance almost felt like it was of a different land rather than the same city. I had a similar feeling as we rode the bus home from midtown and it crossed over 39th Street from business as usual to pitch black and a hush would fall over the entire bus. On Thursday night we were deposited on 23rd Street by our bus driver and informed that he could go no further as it was too dark and deemed dangerous. We thought about hailing a cab but it was only 6:20 so we decided to make our way home by foot. We've done this over 30 block walk many times but never in darkness without the aid of traffic lights. It was a little scary but there were flares set up along the avenue and crossing guards posted at major intersections. The irony was that much of our journey was lit by passing buses going into Brooklyn on the very same route that our downtown bus would've taken and it wasn't too dangerous for them. Let's just say that I was a little fired up at the MTA that evening. Our walk didn't end there as we live on the 10th floor. Going up 10 flights generally wasn't all that bad even though I'm not as fit as when I used to do it everyday but it was killer after our long "stroll". The absolute darkness of the stairwell was seriously eerie though. I always had to listen carefully for people coming for fear that I might scream if someone came up suddenly. My trusty little flashlight helped alot. Isn't it fabulous?
Our power and water was restored on Friday night. The steam service below 14th Street is out so we're still without heat and hot water and there's another storm coming tomorrow. Still after last week, this is nothing and I feel like one of the lucky ones. Sadly there are those who are less fortunate. The Red Cross needs both blood and financial donations. Donations help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy. To donate, you can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or simply text the word 'REDCROSS' to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
I took this photo after the electricity returned which is more what we're used to seeing. This week's New York magazine features a shot of the city from above post power outage that's just stunning. Thanks to everyone for your kind words and support! I'm still operating on a different routine at the moment so please bear with me as I try to catch up with you all. For my friends in the US, don't forget to get out and exercise your right to vote today!
Congratulations Anna! I'll be sending you an email later today.