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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

After Hurricane Sandy, Outside the Ace Hotel

Recharging, Outside the Ace Hotel
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:
Outside the Ace Hotel, after Hurricane Sandy
Another view of the hotel exterior and people plugged in.

After Hurricane Sandy
A tree had toppled onto a car around 31st and Third Avenue, in Murray Hill. Ouch.

No Apples, after Hurricane Sandy
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.

9 comments:

Andy said...

This is going to be a tough disaster to recover from. Where the's a way there's a will.

Donum Vitae said...

These are super photos. Please please post more!

Paul B said...

I think that like the quake in Christchurch NZ, these things have a way of making people pull together. To help their fellow man in ways that normally they might not consider. So many people have lost so much, from some of the scenes on our news, I hope you can all help each other out.

biebkriebels said...

It is incredible what has come over New York. It will take a time to clean up the city and to restore the power. Can you imagine some people here are concerned if it will be possible to run the NY Marathon! It makes me so angry!

kousuke said...

Submerged subway station!
I've never seen such a terrible damage.

Washington Cesar Takeuchi said...

Hope things go back to normal soon!

Brianna Asaro Photography said...

Glad you're safe. Here in CT we were hit pretty hard. Just got power back today!

Banjo52 said...

Somebody had to be lucky--glad it was you. The news has made it sound as bad as we'd all feared.

Lily Hydrangea said...

nice work Christine!

I wonder if it's a bit of a break for the residents of Manhattan to not have to deal with the crowds.
whatever the case may be, I hope some normalcy is restored sooner than later.