before the storm + NYC shuts down

October 29, 2012 |  Category:   home life nyc

So, we’re waiting for hurricane Sandy to hit though you wouldn’t be able to tell from these photos, would you? During the day, the neighborhood bustled at the farmer’s market and stores as people stocked up on food and supplies. It was eerily pleasant outside, the first day that really felt like a crisp Fall day in a long time. Playgrounds were crowded, people were out eating brunch, and neighborhood activities, like this bread and muffin baking session in an outdoor wood burning stove, went on as usual. Once inside, we cleaned, cooked, and baked to keep ourselves preoccupied like so many other people.


But by afternoon the city started the process of shutting down. Schools, museums, Broadway and other businesses announced that they would be closed on Monday and mandatory evacuations were issued (we’re 1 block away from where that line is drawn. Hmmm…comforting). By evening, subways and buses suspended service and the streets were empty.

We completely missed the last major hurricane that shut the city down (but ended up minimally affecting NYC) last year because we were out on the West Coast, and I can only remember a handful of other times in all my life of living here where this has happened. Now, when the NYSE announces at 11:30pm that they are shutting trading down completely, you know something serious is going down. The Stock Exchange rarely ever closes, ever.

So um, yeah. The hurricane is expected to make landfall sometime tomorrow afternoon and we’re right in the path. Not sure what’s going to happen yet. I don’t think anyone does as the meteorologists keep calling this “superstorm” unprecedented, something we haven’t seen in our lifetime before. So we wait. The last hurricane that really made a huge impact in the city was Gloria in 1985. Our basement flooded with that storm and people canoed down our block. Hope Sandy just fizzles out.

Stay safe.

9.29.12 / 11:00AM – No significant rainfall or wind yet with the storm still hours away and the mandatory evacuation zones are already flooding, including the area 2 blocks away from us. Trees starting to come down. The tunnels in and out of Manhattan will be closing in a few hours.


9.29.12 / 3:00PM – Schools and the Stock Exchange closed Tuesday as well. Parts of lower Manhattan and Red Hook are under water. Bridges are closing which means the city is pretty much on complete lock down now. Wind has picked up, but we’re still waiting for the storm. This is just about as anxiety ridden as waiting for labor to start! Heard rumors that power might get cut. We will start eating the ice cream. God, we are all going to gain 20 pounds after this, aren’t we?


9.29.12 / 6:45PM – Storm’s here. Stay safe everyone!

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  • Chitra October 29, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Good luck and take care Jenna & family!

  • Stephanie October 29, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Hope it all goes ok! By the way, love C’s coat!

  • diane October 29, 2012 at 2:48 am

    am keeping your family and the people who may be possibly affected by the storm in my thoughts.Like you said,hope it fizzles out by the time it hits.

  • Stella October 29, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Stay safe and I hope it passes quickly without too much damage. Beautiful pictures, as always.

  • blandine October 29, 2012 at 4:12 am

    Good luck, I hope the girls are not worried and that it will simply be a picturesque experience!

  • Sophia October 29, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Almost everytime I come here, I find it hard to seperate the sense of real life from this kind of film aesthetic your blog delivers. Well yeah, I know obviously that everything you post it’s real and it’s happening (duh!) but your narrative, your editing, your own aesthetic over life makes it sooo beautiful and poetic, full of lyrism. It’s like words and images tip toe on a rythm to create this melody your life is… (and I sure hope the hurricane falls light on you)

  • Linda Ullrich October 29, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Hi Jenna and family,
    thank you for these nice photos :)

    Hope the storm will go by very quickly!

    Thinking of you guys, stay safe and take care!!!
    Lots of love,

  • Pink Ronnie October 29, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Oh gosh, was just chatting to my husband about Sandy and you were the first person I thought of to check in on. Take care, Jenna and family, will be thinking of you guys…
    Ronnie xo

  • Vicki October 29, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Love and thoughts from Melbourne, Australia.

  • Stéphanie October 29, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Good luck from Belgium!

  • CCC October 29, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Jenna, you take the most amazing photos of growing up in Brooklyn. I grew up in Brooklyn until age 7 (1974-1980) and I don’t think my parents ever took us anywhere half as fun as the places I have seen on your blog. I doubt that fun things just didn’t exist back then. Your daughters will have great memories.
    Good luck with the storm.

    PS–I am so glad I am not paying those prices for pumpkins! I just paid 49 cents/pound & I thought I was getting ripped off, ha!

  • Susan October 29, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Stay safe…let’s hope this one is kind to us all.

  • K October 29, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Will be thinking of all of you….staying safe and calm of course. We are in Western Mass so are anticipating an “event” as well….hoping for the best for everyone.

    Also, Claudine looks so different these days……in that last photo she looks just like her sister.

  • Diane October 29, 2012 at 10:16 am

    thinking of everyone on the east coast today and tomorrow….just love those two photos of miss c!

  • jaime @ sweet road October 29, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Hope you and your family are safe! I was supposed to move to Red Hook this week only to find that everyone is leaving… ha!

  • Ana October 29, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Be safe!!!

    Your pictures are lovely though! Good capture of the fall weather!

  • Kinga October 29, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Take care of you girls and Mark
    Greetings from Poland!

  • Bobbi October 29, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Beautiful fall photos! Stay safe Jenna and family!

  • Melissa@Julia's Bookbag October 29, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Be safe, be well Miss Jenna!! Lovely photos as always. Love the leaf jumping pix :) I’ll be thinking of you guys and all those on the East Coast!

  • Jennelle October 29, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Be safe guys!

    -Fellow New Yorker

  • nicole October 29, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    i guess poor mark will have to take a day off, whether he likes it or not! you all take care and stay safe. we’re starting to feel the storm rolling in here in southern maine already. eep!

  • Dee October 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Be safe Jenna and family!
    Our prayers our with all of you and all those in the hurricane’s path.

  • Nina October 29, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Take care and be safe! Thinking of everyone on the other coast today.

  • Margaret October 29, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Sending prayers from England. I hope you’re right and it just fizzles out. Take care x

  • Gillian October 29, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Hey Jenna! I most just lurk around on here, commenting very rarely. Reading your blog is a real pleasure – from one mum to another. I hope you and your family will be okay through the storm. Keep us posted! Sending good thoughts your way. :)

  • Noe October 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Wishing you and your family a safe time during this storm. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Nancy October 29, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    We escaped to my parents’ in Albany, and have already broken into the halloween candy. We are also working our way through my mom’s supply of wine. Nothing has even happened yet! So, I see your 20 pounds gained and raise you another 20. LOL.

  • DominikaZR October 29, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Take care Jenna and the family!

  • Atsuko October 29, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Please stay safe. Hope nothing happens. Keep sending prayers to you and your family.

  • Manya October 29, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I’m thinking of you. Positive thoughts all the way from Greece.

  • Carol A October 30, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Our best wishes from the west coast ,,, please let us know how you’ve come through.

  • Patricia October 30, 2012 at 1:46 am

    Always love coming here for your gorgeous photos and take on life.
    I hope you and your family stay warm, dry, and safe. Take care.

  • elaineG October 30, 2012 at 2:40 am

    Oh no, sounds serious from the news! Stay safe to your gorgeous family.

    Silent reader in Dubai.

  • Helle (Helen) October 30, 2012 at 4:07 am

    Hope you’re all doing fine. It sounds pretty bad from what we hear in the news here in Europe.

  • louise @ buttercupdays October 30, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Have woken this morning in the uk and seen all those pictures on the news – the buildings whose walls have been torn off, the flooded subways and a crane that is now twisted metal. Wow – it must have been scary. Hope you are all unscathed and the girl’s were ok and saw it through childrens eyes as an adventure sorts. Look forward to your next post or tweet when we will know you are safe. X

  • Lauren October 30, 2012 at 9:19 am

    As someone who has lived for over 4 weeks without power due to a hurricane (Virginia), I am glad that we dodged the bullet this time. I hope that you, and all of the Northeast, are able to return to some semblance of normalcy soon!

    Does your entire apartment run on electric, or is there gas for heat/hot water?

  • Clytie October 30, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I hope you are all doing fine, and that power comes back really soon as well as your normal life.
    Looking forward to your update and good news about your family :)

  • lingonsmak October 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    hope, you and your familiy are alright! wish you all the best!!

  • Tiana October 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Stay safe, guys!
    hello from czech republic

  • the Tin Can Kitchen October 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Really enjoy your blog. Your children are beautiful. Stay safe this week, I hope the storm doesn’t do too much damage for you and your family.

  • Sara October 30, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Good luck from Portugal! .

  • Karyn October 30, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Thanks for those gorgeous pre-storm fall photos! I worry you all are suffering without electricity since we haven’t seen more post updates — thinking of you and hope it’s all going okay! Feeling very lucky to be home with the power on up here in Clinton Hill

  • Summer October 31, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Glad you guys made it out relatively unscathed! My bf and I were in Manhattan & Brooklyn this weekend, and our flight of course got cancelled for Monday. I was on hold with the airline for literally an hour, and I just wanted to know when we could out (thinking it would be Thursday). She said, “We can get you out tonight.”

    So, with that, we were on the last flight out of LGA Sunday night, and got back in Dallas at 12:30am.

    I should also mention I forgot to bring my ID.

    Luckiest. trip. ever.