Friday, November 2, 2012

A QUICK POST-SANDY POST...


Hi everyone. I'm checking in just to say hello now that Sandy is starting to release her tight grip on the city of New York. My apartment in the East Village is still without power, cell service or hot water, but we've been fortunate enough to find hotel rooms uptown for the past few nights. It's been a very weird week, and I'm feeling especially grateful for, well, everything. Watching the news has been heartbreaking, and as my life is looking to be returning to normal soon, I can't help but think of the people, some of them just blocks away, who will be rebuilding and recovering for weeks and months to come.

This is my first experience of a big disaster in the city, and I have been absolutely blown away by the sense of community that has come out from under the fallen trees and flood-soaked streets. Across the street from my apartment, someone brought out a generator for neighbors to charge their cell phones and contact loved ones. (On Tuesday, this was a saving grace for me.) Restaurants throughout lower Manhattan have been feeding those without supplies, and friends are offering up their power and hot showers to anyone in need of either. I'm continue to be floored by the big and little ways New Yorkers treat each other when it counts.

To be honest, seeing people's reactions and post-Sandy Internet activity has been interesting to me. Many New York locals, brands, bloggers and friends have gone back to posting as usual - which I suppose is bound to happen. We have to keep our lives moving, even in the wake of disaster. Personally though, I'm just not in the mood yet. Talking about fashion doesn't feel like an appropriate topic of conversation when so many so close are suffering. (I'm not knocking those who are, I'm only sharing my personal state of mind.)

I'm sure I'll be back to my old self soon enough, but for now, I'm concentrating on getting back to work and figuring how how best to help and volunteer with storm relief. (Starting with redcross.org)

11 comments:

  1. I hear ya. We've been doing the hotel hop as well. It's absolutely crazy. I was one of the people who kept posting all week. I agree with you that it felt a little bit weird doing it. Most of my posts were already written, and I'd planned my redesign to launch on the first... so I just went with it. But it did feel weird.

    Hopefully things get back to normal soon - and hopefully we can start helping others too. Take care of yourself!

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  2. So glad to hear you're ok. Take care & be safe

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  3. So glad you're safe and well. The UK is thinking of all East Coasters!

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  4. I couldn't agree with you more - I am still reeling from what happened here and my past 2 blog posts have just been about Sandy. Kudos to those bloggers who have forged ahead with their usual posts but like you said, I'm not quite there yet myself. I'm amazed by the sense of community I've seen and touched by it. The city and its people are a resilient bunch and I'm proud to be part of it.

    Richa
    www.urbanmantra.blogspot.com

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  5. Be safe out there! I will be in the city in a few days, hope things are getting back to some sort of normal. Glad you are doing well!

    Love, Jamie Herzlinger

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  6. I totally agree with you about mixed feelings regarding fashion-y posts and other things right after Sandy happened. I think people partly want to get people's morale up and not so dragged down by Sandy, but then there is another side that wants to be sensitive to the suffering. It also must have been such a hard decision to cancel the NYC marathon, since people flew in from all over the world and trained for months.
    Hope you all get your power and heat back soon!

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  7. A big hug to you and all people affected by the natural disaster. xoxo Coco

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  8. Safe yourself, it is really sad to see Sandy disaster on TV but it is happy to hear that you are safe and I believe, things are getting back to normal out there.

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  9. I hope everything gets back to normal for you and the rest of New York soon. Be safe!

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