Tuesday, October 30, 2012

After Hurricane Sandy...

"There were more than 200,000 “customers” without power in Manhattan alone, Con Ed reported, with most of Manhattan below 39th Street dark. There was no timetable to getting the lights back on.
"This will be one for the record books," John Miksad, Con Ed VP of electric operations, told reporters Monday night. "This will be the largest storm related outage in our history."
There are 670,000 customers without power in all of New York City, with 230,000 in Manhattan, 73,000 on Staten Island, 140,000 in Brooklyn and Queens, 38,000 in Bronx and the rest in Westchester. By comparison, there were 200,000 customers down for Irene.
Power could be out for a week, he said."

-Wall Street Journal, Oct 30, 2012

Okay, so here we are.  The devastation, images, and news stories are just incredible.  The mood in this city is somber, but my family and I are 100% fine, with all utilities working, no property damage, and all is well for us.  Tough to celebrate that when so many near us are in VERY different circumstances today.
As this relates to the Speakeasy tour scheduled for this Friday, November 2, I will give alternative dates, from which the registered participants may choose, since I think proceeding with the tour this Friday will make travel and shopping difficult (or impossible) for may of you.  If anyone registered for this tour would still like to shop this Friday, happens to already be here in NYC, and if the stores are open, and travel and electricity are both possible then, you just let me know you're still game, and, as long as I can get to the garment district, I would still take you shopping.  

There are many "ifs" in that sentence, but "ifs" are all we've got right now, huh?  

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At October 30, 2012 at 11:54 AM , Blogger Mary Beth said...

Gosh, I'd shop in a heartbeat if I could if only to have some post-Sandy stories to tell my friends at home!

At October 30, 2012 at 12:11 PM , Blogger mimi jackson said...

Where is home, MB?

At October 30, 2012 at 12:19 PM , Blogger Tricia said...

Whoops, wrong google account! :) So relieved to hear all is ok with you and yours! We've got power out here in Queens, but who knows when we'll be able to get back into midtown.

At October 30, 2012 at 12:19 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

So very glad to hear you and your family are ok.
This will be a slow and sad recovery. I watched as our community cleaned up after our horrific flooding last year and it changed me. I can't even fathom the difficulties ahead in such a congested city as NYC. But we are humans are tough and strong and will come out the other side.
I thought about the garment district as I watched pictures on the news. All of that wonderful fabric!
And I thought about all those little shops down under street level, mostly mom and pop shops. So hard for them.
I know that so many other areas are devasted as well, Atlantic City, that community in NJ where the levee broke, Norfolk VA, Virginia Beach, so many places. My gosh Charleston W VA has 8 inches of snow. No matter what anyone says...Nature is the one in control. And don't ever forget it.
Hugs to you Mimi

At October 30, 2012 at 12:27 PM , Blogger mimi jackson said...

Yeah, weird to be totally cut off, right?

At October 30, 2012 at 12:28 PM , Blogger mimi jackson said...

Thank you! Thankfully, the Garment District was not in the flooded area, so I wouldn't expect too much lost merchandise there. At least, I hope not! But the power outage affects a much bigger area.

At October 30, 2012 at 5:08 PM , Blogger ~Ruth said...

You all have no idea how lucky you are. My MIL's house was cut in half by a huge oak tree. They were in the house and so incredibly lucky to not be hurt. Today, we're trying to move them into my SIL's house. Unlike some of you, we wish we didn't have any post-Sandy stories to tell.

At October 30, 2012 at 6:34 PM , Blogger mimi jackson said...

My heart goes out to you and your family, Ruth.

At October 31, 2012 at 11:00 AM , Blogger ~Ruth said...

Thanks, Mimi!

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