November 26th, 2012
|12:11 am - Looking Back On Sandy|
I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. I spent time at my sister's place with family and had a good meal there =)
To be honest, it's been a crazy month, especially after Hurricane Sandy hit NYC and knocked out power in the city, including the building I work in, which was close to also getting some flooding as well. Sheesh. Fortunately, I didn't lose power or had any flooding where I live, but as you may have seen in some pics I posted, sure did lose some tall trees here =/.
After what happened, my co-worker and I decided to head to work, knowing that they would probably need out help relocating some PCs to floors that were not running on generator power so some people could remote into them and possibly do some work. It's a good thing we did too, since we ended up working so long, we just stayed overnight. With hotels nearby having no power, we just crashed at my lab with dim lights everywhere.
Here are some pics you may not have see though during those days:
In front of my job's building on Wall St:
You can see the streets were totally dark in both directions. Power was restored over the weekend that followed, though the building was still not fully functional since steam was not restored, which made the insides of the building cold. We got by though fortunately and things began to return to normal towards the end of the following week.
Biking to and from work was an interesting thrill though, as well as biking over the 59th Street bridge into Manhattan. Biking in the darkness though (since downtown Manhattan was still blacked out) wasn't much of an adventure, with constant worry that I'll smash into someone.
I really feel a lot for my city, my hometown, and think a lot about the parts of the city that were really trashed: the Rockaways in Queens, and a section of Staten Island near the beach, just a mile from where Katrina used to live.
I recently did some volunteer work on a Saturday morning. I was going to go to the Rockaways area and help dig out sand from parks, but since there was a high high demand to help there and also in Staten Island, I ended up helping out in this nice community farm in Brooklyn. I know what you're thinking..."a farm in Brooklyn!?" I'll write more about that in the next entry. I also have some good exciting news for this coming year...least January...something I'm really looking fwd to.
For now, I'm off to bed. I also have a trip involving work coming up soon too. Yup...gonna think it's crazy, cuz it is.
Current Location: NYC
Yay exciting news! I look forward to hearing about it.
Glad you're safe and all. I've heard a lot about the destruction from family members who visited for the holiday.