The Lower East Side Post Hurricane Sandy: Help is Here

This was the view from our window on Sunday

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.

The building to the left behind the big Army truck is where we live.

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.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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4 Responses to The Lower East Side Post Hurricane Sandy: Help is Here

  1. Leslie-Anne says:

    Hang in there Urbanfoodguy. I am glad that you are home and safe. Maybe you should make chicken soup?!

    • urbanfoodguy says:

      I made pizza turn overs – because I’m always looking for new ways to use Neil’s three favorite ingredients in different ways (Bread, cheese and tomato sauce). I did make a radical version: pickled shitake, pumpkin, parmesan, leeks and sage – and much to my surprise he actually liked it! Will post later…and yes Chicken Soup is always a good idea!

  2. Chris & Skip says:

    thanks for posting these. I’ve been wondering what impact the storm had on you guys.

    • urbanfoodguy says:

      Well it took us a full 9 days to get back up to speed and now as I type this high winds and icy rain are pelting my windows as Athena rolls into town! I’m off to by buckets and batteries!

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