9 days after Hurricane Sandy, 5 of which I spent stranded in Toronto, I got back on Friday and within 20 minutes of getting home (after walking up 14 flights of stairs in the dark – the same route Neil took for a week lugging gallons of water and other supplies up) the power came on! The bad news is that the heat, hot water and internet/cable did not come on with it. Sunday night we got connectivity and today, hallelujah, the hot water and heat have started up.
People in line to get water (and I think army rations were also available if asked for) This was a common site on the Lower East Side this Sunday – just 2 days ago. And for many people in the region, Saten Island, The Rockaways, New Jersey….it will be like this for a while to come…
In total 9 days after Sandy we finally are back to normal, some people never had a single problem but others, right here in Manhattan, are still without power. It’s been surreal and getting more so with the news that a huge nor’easter is headed our way on Wednesday and some communities in New Jersey have already been informed they will have to evacuate again.
On Sunday people were not just waiting in line for food and water here is a long line of people waiting for Gas at the corner or Houston and Avenue C (which was badly flooded)
And then this huge line which mostly consisted of people from the public housing projects that line the east river….
The line of up trucks filled with water and food rain almost the entire block I’d say 6-8 trucks in total and dozens of soldiers on the ground.
Next up my tour of a post Hurricane Sandy Whole Foods and what the Farmers Market is doing to help those in need of food during this crisis.