Tuesdays with Sandy: NYC Aftermath
The sky glowered this morning in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, as water towers guarded the city.
Light rain has been coming and going all morning. Riverside Animal Hospital is open.
So is Cascabel Taqueria,
where I saw the now rare sight of a man talking on a public pay phone.
Just down the street, the canopy of Kim’s Cleaners had collapsed.
But we here in Morningside Heights are so lucky. We have power, we have some open shops and restaurants, and we are out and about.
Between 107th Street and 108th Streets, I chatted with this gentleman.
He was walking up Broadway from 47th Street to 125th Street. Along the way, he saw a great deal of external damage to signs, storefronts, scaffolding and canopies. He was worried about me walking around with my cane, but I reassured him that I wasn’t going far. And really, the area is mostly fine, despite some downed trees.
The tree came right up from its roots.
Leaves, of course, are down in the streets and sidewalks.
Downed leaves make for better river views.
People strolled the upper level, heading towards the downed tree.
And although the park remains officially closed, New Yorkers headed down the stone staircase into the park.
As I got ready to head home, the sun briefly burst through the clouds to illuminate this magnificent white birch inside Riverside Park.
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