Photo by a friend, at Broadway and 29th Street in the Flatiron District.
My friend Christine took the photo above, Tuesday night, outside the Ace Hotel. At this point, she is the Manhattan correspondent for this blog (!). She took the photo on her iphone after charging it up outside.
This one lone block had electricity, post-Hurricane Sandy. All of Manhattan south of 39th Street has been without power, since the storm on Monday.
Folks were sitting outside, recharging their devices with a shared surge protector that was plugged into an exterior outlet.
Mark and I spent almost the entire day Tuesday, watching the news. We have been so lucky here in Park Slope, Brooklyn, having nothing of the terrible flooding that others are experiencing elsewhere in New York and New Jersey.
Christine lives in Murray Hill and is one of the thousands of people without electricity. She sent me a couple other photos from her wanderings:
Another view of the hotel exterior and people plugged in.
A tree had toppled onto a car around 31st and Third Avenue, in Murray Hill. Ouch.
The fruit section in this deli was picked clean. I'm sure there are zombies loitering in the back room.
I am so tempted to venture into the city, but...we'll see. Our Mayor Bloomberg has requested that people NOT to go into the city and increase traffic.
At this writing, all tunnels to and from Manhattan, except the Lincoln Tunnel, are closed. Bridges are open. Subways are not running.
The Times has an incredible series of photos of the hurricane aftermath. You can see it here.
Related posts: On Man V. Nature and the Gowanus Canal, On the Opera Collective and Hurricane Irene, and Wet and Not-So-Wonderful, Downtown.