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.
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!