Hurricane Sandy: the Aftermath
As you probably know by now, New York City was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy on Monday night. Now, on Thursday morning, more than 200,000 remain without power, hundreds of homes have been destroyed, and the death toll has now risen to more than 30 people, with Mayor Bloomberg cautioning that it might grow even higher in the coming days.
Living in lower Manhattan, we lost power around 8:30 p.m. on Monday night. Ryan was at work. He walked home from 29th Street at 11 p.m. in a pitch-black Manhattan with gale-force winds—not a sight you see very often. We woke up on Tuesday morning to a deserted West Village, devoid of tour groups, bustling shops, and other signs of life.
Three days later, we’re still without power, cell service, heat, or hot water, but we’re OK. Laura’s been working remotely from the Ace Hotel in Midtown during the day and we’ve been spending our evenings in our dark apartment entertaining ourselves with iPad games and wine. Many aren’t as lucky as we are—they might not have a place to shower, a way to get in touch with their loved ones, or even food to eat.
So often we think of our city as being invincible, but this has reminded all of us that we’re both vulnerable and incredibly lucky. Please keep those affected, both in New York City and beyond, in your thoughts in the coming days. If any of our readers in New York or New Jersey need anything at all, just let us know—we will try our best to help. If you can help, we urge you to find a way.
As always, thank you for reading.
- Laura and Ryan