|Whole Foods in Union Square was packed with people as Sandy approached.|
After the storm barreled through, the streets of
blacked-out Lower Manhattan were deserted,
All stores, restaurants, etc. were closed.
|Above 42nd Street, where the lights did not go out,|
it was business as usual. A refugee from downtown
could eat a gorgeous meal, if she was willing to walkthree and half miles each way to get to it.
|Power companies from all along the Eastern seaboard sent their employees|
to help New York get its citizens back into the 21st Century. The visiting
workers marshaled in Union Square.
|The National Guard came to help, too. All along Park Avenue, one could|
see military vehicles, many painted in desert camouflage and guardsmen in
Though the power was off for almost a full week, five hours after it
came back on, the first store to open in our area was the venerable
and incomparable Strand Bookstore--at 9 AM on a Sunday morning.
|With the Sanitation Department stretched to its limit trying to clean up in|
devastated neighborhoods in Queens, Brooklyn and Staten island, the city
stopped picking up recyclables until further notice. As of November 15th, they are still piling up.