My office downtown is dark with no phone service or water, but I am thankful because my home is intact and we have electricity. Not so for many people whose lives have been upended by this historic, devastating storm.
I took my camera out in the storm’s aftermath to see joggers on a closed FDR Drive and downed trees all over the City. I stopped by my hospital and we are up and running on emergency power, but up the road Bellevue and NYU Medical Center are evacuated. I can’t imagine the terror on the floors when the lights went out and the ventilators and life support machines stopped.
I took a cab downtown in the evening and found the streets eerily dark, with black hulking buildings lining the streets while cop cars screamed up and down with flashing lights. The view from Brooklyn was amazing, with most of lower Manhattan showing none of the usual twinkling lights.
I ran into a colleague who lives in an upscale part of the West Village, who has to walk down 22 flights to get to the hospital where he works. My favorite Korean grocery store is selling unrefrigerated items by candle-light. Downtown where most restaurants and supermarkets are closed, there are long lines to street vendors selling shish kebab.
My heart goes out to all the people whose suffering is hard to imagine – people who lost everything including property and loved ones. I lived here during the days after 9/11 and saw the City bounce back. I am sure this will happen again but the road will not be easy.
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An Abandoned Psychiatric Hospital in Tuscany
Childhood Dreams Under the Pulaski Skyway
Photographing Letchworth Village
Returning to Cow Canyon Trading Post
More Vanished Signs of New York
The Meatpacking District Before the High Line
Dear Jeffrey I found U because of my search for healing for my ❤️and to help in the war against PUs
My Father was an Artist and designed coins at the Philadelphia Mint for 29 years My love was an Artist Oils and Pen and Ink
I feel like we have a connection
I totally love your painting and photographs so real such great detail and colors
Your photos are really worth looking at. Thank you. I am so so saddened by this. 2012 was, as I recall, the year that there’s really no turning back, even it we make a great effort to stop warming up our planet, our beautiful earth. I am deeply saddened.
Thanks for sharing. Devastation very bad on Long Island; I have two friends on the South Shore (Merrick and Amityville) whose cars/boilers/basement appliances are ruined and still do not have electricity. I don’t have power or heat myself but am not complaining especially after working in a medical needs homeless shelter at York College this past weekend.