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24 Hours on East 78th Street

In NYC History, NYC Today on November 20, 2012 at 6:22 am

When Hurricane Sandy was on it’s way, New Yorkers were still a bit skeptical about the storm’s potential based on our experiences from last year with Hurricane Irene.

As I did with Irene, my goal was to photograph the progress of the storm.

The city shut down late afternoon on Monday October 29, 2012 to brace for what was to come. That included all forms of transportation, so I spent time in my neighborhood.

I went out on 3 separate occasions during the 24 hours that Sandy came to town.  The first was around 4:00pm on Monday, as winds began to pick up and the East River began to rise.  It didn’t spill over at this time; that would come around 9:00pm when the tide was high and the moon was full.

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During the peak of the storm, not realizing how powerful the winds truly were I headed down toward the river.  (These images in the dark were taken around 9:30pm on Monday night.)  As a result of not heeding Mayor Bloomberg’s warnings, a gust actually lifted me, blowing me up East 78th Street.  I thank the gentleman (my guardian angel) that was ahead of me, as he stopped the momentum of that surge.

Next time the forecast calls for wind gusts of 80 mph+, I will think twice.  Today I count my blessings that from that night I have just a badly sprained knee.  However, I needed to document the event and would have stayed longer if not for what happened.

I did witness the East River at a height I’ve never seen before.  As I stood on the corner of East 78th Street and the FDR Drive, the water was up to my knees.

Things could have been much worse, as many residents of my city have lost their homes.

This is why I am thankful for the many little things that come my way.

Until next time.

Teresa51art

adventure is life, live it! ®

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Seaside Heights after Hurricane Sandy

In historic places, NYC Today on November 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm

As we all find our way and move forward after the incredible storm that hit the mid-atlantic coast, I find that a moment of reflection to what once was and to what will be is appropriate.  As I mentioned in my July posting “The Merry-Go-Round”, I spent many a happy day at a boardwalk amusement park in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

Photo courtesy of Fox News Latino

During the surge of Hurricane Sandy, this section along the Jersey Shore was one of many that has transformed from a thriving summer resort to a pile of rubble.

One has to stand in awe to the power nature truly has.

As painful as it may be to see the destruction of places and things we love, it helps put into perspective what things we really cherish:  family, friends and memories.

And as we rebuild here in NYC, Long Island and New Jersey, we should keep the force of nature in mind to make sounder decisions.  Change what once was so that the future will be stronger and brighter-allowing nature the space it needs to eb and flow.

I wish everyone a safe recovery.

Until next time.

Teresa51art

adventure is life, live it! ®