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)