Flatiron during the Sandy blackout
Saw this poor puppy, Angel, rolling around Union Square just as the Sandy blackout ended. At least she went home to a powered home (I hope)
I finally got around to organizing some of the photos I took during the Hurricane Sandy blackout. Except for the power going out in my neighborhood, I don’t have any stories of hardship. I just had to walk to work and walk back in pitch dark every day that week. So I didn’t see any of Sandy’s real devastation, but walking around the deserted downtown Manhattan was enough craziness for me.
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Virtually all of them were shot with my Sony NEX-7 and 24mm lens. No clever skill to them or heavy-post-processing…just bumped the ISO and aperture to the max and held my breath. All of these photos are on my Flickr account and available through Creative Commons, along with the metadata and original sizes.
Feel free to re-use the photos (with attribution). So if you were interested in purchasing a print, donate instead to post-Sandy efforts: Coney Recovers | Staten Island Advance’s list | FEMA Donation Info
A NYFD truck races up First Avenue during Hurricane Sandy and after lower Manhattan’s power goes out. Today Airbnb announced an initiative to connect those who were left homeless with those who are willing to offer free housing.
Pete Wells of the New York Times issues a call to action: Downtown needs diners now
This is a big hit for businesses that get by on small margins, and for workers who are often paid by the hour. A few places may not survive. All will struggle… Not one of these establishments requires help as desperately as a family whose home was destroyed by water, fire or wind. Basic food and shelter are urgent requirements for many New Yorkers this week. But a city where doing many things at once is as natural as breathing can certainly help out more than one cause at a time. Right now, these restaurants, the people who own them and, even more, the people who work for them, need us. And we need them. Downtown’s restaurants show us who we are.
The photo above was taken at East Village Pizza on 1st Avenue near 9th street. It was one of the few places open during the blackout that I saw in East Village.
From all of us who were stuck in the dark during #Sandy, thank you @WNYC for being a lifeline!
Or to paraphrase Homer: “Teacher, mother…secret lover”
The last neon outpost: a crowd of people gather around one of the only hot food sources near Union Square, a food cart at Broadway and 14th street.