Hurricane Sandy

Sorry for the delay in posting!  All is relatively well here save for some procrastination and several texts, emails, tweets, and calls asking if everyone on the East Coast of the States were all right.  The pictures you’ve most likely seen are no exaggeration, the storm really did paralyze the city all of last week and will likely do so for many parts of it this week as well.

We all knew Hurricane Sandy, at 820 miles wide, would be the biggest storm we had ever seen.  I don’t think anyone in NYC thought it would be quite so devastating.  The Jersey Shore, parts of Queens and Long Island like Breezy Point and the Far Rockaways, and Staten Island were hit particularly hard.  On a personal note, one of my first vacation memories was to the Jersey Shore and despite my ribbing I think all New Yorkers’ hearts are with those in the disaster areas.

New York City is no stranger to disasters however and, in true fashion, people in the region have worked hard to restore subway and train lines in a matter of days, worked across political aisles, mobilized alternative voting methods, and most importantly – continually supporting their neighbors.

After being trapped at home for about 5 days, I stopped being restless for a few hours and played my small part by donating money:

http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations OR TEXT 90999 from your mobile device and you can make a quick and easy $10 donation

salvationarmyusa.org, text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation

The Mayor’s Fund To Advance New York City

and giving blood:

(If you’re in the NYC area, the Donor Specialists at the 67th st/1st Ave are wonderful.  It’s best to call ahead and make an appointment if you can and don’t forget to eat something before you go so your iron levels are high enough to be able to donate!)

Here are some other ways to help:

A great post from our local site for all things New York, The Gothamist outlines some ways to help: http://gothamist.com/2012/11/04/how_you_can_help_hurricane_sandy_fo.php 

Here are some other sites to check out with reliable donation and volunteer information!

http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2012/11/02/help-sandy-victims

http://narrator.nywriterscoalition.org/2012/11/post-sandy-roundupways-to-help-sunday-nov-4/

Thousands are still without power but the city is slowly returning to its frenetic pace.  Luckily, Mayor Bloomberg decided to cancel today’s marathon.  I was disappointed to hear he was doing it because of the ‘controversy’ holding the marathon was causing instead of focusing on the fact that the starting line was near all this tragedy: (New York Post) 

However, I have to say I am impressed by how Bloomberg handled the rest of the storm madness, as well as Cory Booker, mayor across the river in Newark, NJ (Check out his Twitter feed @CoryBooker and how personally responded, sometimes to some hilarious tweets, to residents and their concerns).

After nearly a week, here is an updated map of the Subway system (linked to MTA site):

The storm also highlights two bigger issues: climate change and infrastructure.  I’ll have further posts on those and hopefully some pictures and interviews with people helping to make life a bit easier for those evacuated because of flooding, loss of power, and destruction.

It’s incredible the power nature still has over you.

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