I’m going to break from my usual sports and pop-culture dialogue for a bit of reflection on Hurricane Sandy, dubbed “Frankenstorm” and “Superstorm” by the media.
Not surprisingly, the first I heard of the storm was in an e-mail from my mom last Thursday. Before last Friday was out it was becoming pretty clear that New York City was going to take a pounding from Sandy.
I never felt particularly worried about my and Anna’s situation. And, thankfully, the storm passed rather uneventfully. Our neighborhood, Crown Heights, is indeed well elevated and the apartment windows face out toward the west—away from the prevailing winds of northern hemisphere cyclones, as we all should know! The trees outside our windows certainly had a wild night, but not as wild a night as some of their buddies two blocks away on Lincoln Place:
All in all, however, Crown Heights and nearby neighborhoods weathered the storm pretty well. They certainly are fairing better than places along the water. We never lost power or Internet, with just a few moments of flickering lights on Monday night.
The chief impact that this Sandy is having on my life and the lives of virtually everyone in the city is the subway shutdown, which could last another three to five days. Schools will be closed again tomorrow, as they have been all week. Buses are already beginning to run again, however the subways are what make this city run. I believe the current shutdown, now approaching 48 hours, is the longest weather-related shutdown in MTA history. (There have been longer shutdowns on three separate occasions because of transit strikes.)
Anna has yet to hear anything from her school, The New York Harbor School, which is located on Governor’s Island, which is just off the tip of Lower Manhattan. In all likelihood there was/is probably some substantial flooding on the island.
Even for those in New York without power and with property damage, I’m guessing things are rosier than they are for most folks down in Atlantic City, N.J., miles from where the hurricane made landfall. The Jersey shore really bore the brunt of Sandy, even more so than the affected areas in New York City. Maybe some local hero will lend a hand with the recovery effort in the days and months to come…
All right, to wrap things up here are some quick thoughts on a variety of hurricane-related subjects. The preventative power shutdown of Lower Manhattan seems sort of ridiculous. Isn’t the point of underground electric lines to protect them from weather issues? Bloomberg handled this pretty well I think. He’s certainly made progress from the boondoggle of blizzards two years ago. I can’t wait to ride the subway again. The subway is awesome. Also, what a shame that Yankee Stadium didn’t get flooded and destroyed.