In the aftermath of the storm last week, I was fortunate enough to have many places in Brooklyn where I was more than welcome to stay, but made the decision to stick things out in my neighborhood. For 6 days we were without power and cell service. Compared to other communities on the coastlines that were hit, for many of us this was a temporary inconvenience, though there are many small business and families in this neighborhood that will have lasting repercussions. I’m glad I stayed where I live. I was able to volunteer my time and check on elderly neighbors and families. I was able to see a neighborhood improvising and making things work day by day, which is the spirit that prevails here. We are one piece of a community within a whole and it is in tough times that we are able to see who and what makes this city so great.
As the remnants of Hurricane Sandy dissipate over northern Canada, the full scale of the damage left in her wake is becoming apparent. At least 56 people in the U.S. were killed and another 67 in the Caribbean. Cost estimates have ranged as high as $60 billion so far. More than 4 million people remain without power, as crews from across the country converge on the Northeast to restore electricity. Hard-hit sections of New York and New Jersey have begun cleanup, with some restoration of transit and services. The morning commute into Manhattan today was chaotic, as many New Yorkers attempted to return to work by car — many were turned back due to an order that inbound cars carry at least three people. Collected here are images of Sandy’s trail of destruction in New York and New Jersey. See also the earlier entry: Hurricane Sandy: After Landfall.