Hello. We are fine. Thanks for all your well wishes and comments of concern. That was scary and I don’t really wish to relive riding out the storm again anytime soon, but we are fine and our neighborhood escaped relatively unscathed. Parts of the city, however, did not. I don’t have any photos and I didn’t take any pictures during my walk around the neighborhood today because honestly, it seemed rather trivial to post photos of downed trees and lots and lots of leaves and branches on the streets when it is nothing compared to the devastation elsewhere. Plus there is non-stop news coverage all over the place, but in case you haven’t seen photos of the most devastated areas, look here and here.
We are the lucky ones. Our power remained even though the lights flickered and we got warnings that shut off was imminent. My parents, however, are part of the 90% that do not have power on Long Island and they are looking at 7-10 days before it might get restored. 30% of Manhattan, basically everything below 39th street, is without power and if you’ve seen any of the many long shots of the NYC skyline you can see that the city is divided in half, one in darkness and the other illuminated. In Brooklyn, our friends with homes and businesses in the neighborhoods of Red Hook and Dumbo got hit especially hard with floods. We aren’t in any immediate danger or discomfort (though the threat of toxic flood waters reaching us from nearby Gowanus Canal was especially alarming! Oh and all the fires!), but the way that the storm does directly affect us is as small business owners. We are taking a hit because our kitchen is in the mandatory evacuation zone and is without power. We aren’t sure when power will be restored therefore all business has come to a complete stop. Not a great situation as this is a loss we can’t really afford right now, but the important thing is that we are safe and doing ok.
Like most New Yorkers, we’re going a little stir crazy though. Subways have suffered an unprecedented disaster because of the flooding of the tunnels and schools will remain closed for an unknown period of time. So at this point we’re kind of all just battling boredom. I don’t think Mark knows quite what to do with himself as he’s not used to having this much time off at home, so he’s spent much of that time in the kitchen making pie, soup and homemade pizza. He’s organized the spice cabinet and played hours of monopoly with the kids.
Tomorrow is Halloween. The girls are sad that school is out for this long and that the annual Halloween parade in our neighborhood has been cancelled, but we’ll get the kids dressed in costumes and go trick or treating. There are pockets of devastation everywhere around us, but we’re trying to get back to life. We’re counting our blessings and thinking about the people who aren’t as fortunate. We’re eternally thankful to all the first responders, the firemen, EMTs, nurses, doctors and the NYPD who have a tough job right now. I don’t think we quite know the extent of the damage the storm has left yet, but one thing I urge you to do if you live in the areas affected by the hurricane is to please support your local businesses. Even if they haven’t sustained damage from the floods, being closed a day or two or longer is really tough because of the loss of business and revenue.