Hurricane Sandy videos

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    Nov 01, 2012 2:23 PM GMT
    So, I was in and out of my apartment pretty much the whole time. I took shelter during the hardest hit, but went back out a little later in the evening. Shot several videos. Here are a few. Also took some down in the East Village Tuesday night. I'll post those as well.
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    Nov 01, 2012 2:24 PM GMT
    The onset:

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    Nov 01, 2012 2:25 PM GMT
    Traffic light:

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    Nov 01, 2012 2:28 PM GMT
    Getting hit by strong gusts of wind. Standing up to this wind was quite the leg workout... Like, really.


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    Nov 01, 2012 2:29 PM GMT
    East 14th Street In The Dark:

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    Nov 01, 2012 2:30 PM GMT
    Blacked-out Union Square:

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    Nov 01, 2012 2:31 PM GMT
    St. Mark's Place (a usually loud, busy, commercial street):

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    Nov 01, 2012 2:33 PM GMT
    Hooker trying to get paid by a dishonest customer:

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    Nov 01, 2012 4:35 PM GMT
    The (minor) flooding we saw on the Upper East Side. It had all receded by morning.

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    Nov 01, 2012 6:43 PM GMT
    Holy cow, that was a scary sight to see! I'm glad you're safe!
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    Nov 01, 2012 7:06 PM GMT
    JR_RJ saidHoly cow, that was a scary sight to see! I'm glad you're safe!

    Thanks! It was exciting, and I am extremely fortunate. I did not even lose power.
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    Nov 01, 2012 7:09 PM GMT
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    JR_RJ saidHoly cow, that was a scary sight to see! I'm glad you're safe!

    Thanks! It was exciting, and I am extremely fortunate. I did not even lose power.
    Great! I'm glad you're doing good! Is half the city still unoccupied? Will you be working again anytime soon? This is some really unexpected weather! Never have I ever imagined your region of the country hit like this! icon_sad.gificon_confused.gif
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    Nov 01, 2012 8:38 PM GMT
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    JR_RJ saidHoly cow, that was a scary sight to see! I'm glad you're safe!

    Thanks! It was exciting, and I am extremely fortunate. I did not even lose power.
    Great! I'm glad you're doing good! Is half the city still unoccupied? Will you be working again anytime soon? This is some really unexpected weather! Never have I ever imagined your region of the country hit like this! icon_sad.gificon_confused.gif

    Thanks. The city is still very occupied, even the parts affected by the blackout. As you can see from some of the videos, the energy of NYC is all still there. New Yorkers are resilient, and people are making do. I'm pretty sure it will all be back to normal soon.
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    Nov 02, 2012 12:03 AM GMT
    Yep, plenty of energy in the city that is starting to go stir crazy! I haven't had work for about a week now, which is definitely nice even though I feel like a lazy fatass. icon_wink.gif Thanks for posting those videos
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    Nov 02, 2012 12:49 AM GMT
    cuerpoymente saidYep, plenty of energy in the city that is starting to go stir crazy! I haven't had work for about a week now, which is definitely nice even though I feel like a lazy fatass. icon_wink.gif Thanks for posting those videos

    My gym on E 76th St. Was crazy busy today... Lots of new faces. Downtown refugees, I'm sure. Did you lose power?
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    Nov 02, 2012 12:52 AM GMT
    I was going to reply to this thread, but got distracted by the OP's new pics and had to go fap a while. icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 02, 2012 1:06 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI was going to reply to this thread, but got distracted by the OP's new pics and had to go fap a while. icon_razz.gif

    Hah! icon_redface.gif
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    Nov 02, 2012 2:35 AM GMT
    19c79 said
    JR_RJ said
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    JR_RJ saidHoly cow, that was a scary sight to see! I'm glad you're safe!

    Thanks! It was exciting, and I am extremely fortunate. I did not even lose power.
    Great! I'm glad you're doing good! Is half the city still unoccupied? Will you be working again anytime soon? This is some really unexpected weather! Never have I ever imagined your region of the country hit like this! icon_sad.gificon_confused.gif

    Thanks. The city is still very occupied, even the parts affected by the blackout. As you can see from some of the videos, the energy of NYC is all still there. New Yorkers are resilient, and people are making do. I'm pretty sure it will all be back to normal soon.
    When I moved to Boston in 2005, I worked at Starbucks and met New Yorkers who were kind and confident that they were going to spring back from 9/11. Not one New Yorker I met had Quit in them! I love that about you guys! I'm glad you still got power, and hope your lives return to normal sooner than later! Hugs*
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    Nov 02, 2012 2:36 AM GMT
    Happy you're safe, T!!!!
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    Nov 02, 2012 3:04 AM GMT
    DudeInNOVA saidHappy you're safe, T!!!!

    Thanks!
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    Nov 02, 2012 3:33 AM GMT
    I thought you were moving to Texas. That doesn't look like Texas.
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    Nov 02, 2012 1:20 PM GMT
    theantijock saidI thought you were moving to Texas. That doesn't look like Texas.

    Yeah, the plan was to move to Houston for a few years to save up some money, and then come back home. But then I got here, after being gone so long, and realized I wasn't ready to leave again. So I decided to just stay, and am so happy to have made that decision. After a year as a nomad, it feels great to be home, in the city I love.
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    Nov 02, 2012 1:30 PM GMT
    Glad you're safe Tino.
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    Nov 03, 2012 3:12 AM GMT
    My apologies in advance for this long-winded posting. I just wanted to write about the experience, especially now that it's over for us.

    Thanks for posting the videos. I wish I had gone out and filmed, but I did manage to get some photos the next day. We were too freaked out to go very far during the storm. I was taking it all pretty lightly till I heard several explosions and saw a gigantic ball of blue flame a few blocks away at the ConEd plant. Shortly after that, our power went out and didn't come back till late this afternoon. We also lost cell phone reception, heat, and hot water. Our poor dog was shaking and hiding the whole time. She won't go in the house, so we took her out after things died down a little. My partner was afraid a tree would fall on us or someone would jump us since it was so dark outside...and the more nervous he got the more nervous he made me.

    It was hard to find out what was going on in the rest of the city for most of the week and we relied on the radio for news. All-in-all, we were pretty fortunate. Right after the power went out, I was able to call my parents and tell them I was okay and sent an e-mail to my boss saying I didn't think I'd be able to work for a few days (I work from home). After that, we lost cell phone reception. We were lucky to find a food truck that let us recharge our phones on Wednesday, and ConEd gave out free bags of ice. We made it through the week without any food going bad, and I would cook while it was light and then we'd re-heat it later. It was weird taking our dog out at night since there were no lights and no traffic lights. One of my neighbors called it "urban camping" which was pretty apt. Some of our neighbors have electric stoves and couldn't cook, and other people I talked to lost water completely. I'd see people filling up buckets of water at opened fire hydrants in Alphabet City. Yesterday, we found an elderly neighbor digging through the trash for food. She told me some was still cold and she knew it was good. She asked me to carry the bag back to her apartment for her. It was very heavy, and I have no idea how she would have gotten it to the second floor. She said the food was for her dog, and I pretended to believe her. I went and got some canned food we had and gave it to her - I said we were trying to get through our food before it spoiled and that she'd be doing us a favor by taking it.

    Once the buses and were running and the subways were partially running, we were able to go to the Upper West Side during the day and recharge our electronics from a friend's apartment, and I was able to get some work done. It took 1 1/2 hours each way, using a combination of bus, subway, cab, and walking. On the first day, we passed by a building where the entire facade had been torn off, and you could see into people's apartments.

    After I finished working today, I went to a gym in the area and enjoyed a nice hot shower (I had been boiling water on the stove and taking sponge baths). I was thrilled when my partner called and said our power was back on because we didn't expect it till Saturday evening or Sunday. I took the crowded train to Penn Station and walked the 22 blocks and 6 avenues home, figuring the buses would be jam-packed at rush hour. As I walked home, some areas had power and others were still dark. It's eerie seeing buildings like the Flatiron with no lights.

    We walked around on Tuesday surveying the damage and taking photographs, and ended up at the East River. I went jogging there the next day and saw the entire wreckage - so many trees were destroyed. The trees can be replanted, but so many people, especially in Staten Island, lost their lives during the storm. However, New Yorkers are resilient and resourceful, and somehow we managed to make it work. Here's some pics from Tuesday:

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    FDR Drive:
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    A playground at the East River park:
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    More East River park:
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    And, a sign of life in an uprooted tree:
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    Nov 03, 2012 1:59 PM GMT
    East_Village_Idiot saidHowever, New Yorkers are resilient and resourceful, and somehow we managed to make it work.

    Amen to that. And we pull together. I didn't lose power (UES), but I went down to the Village every night. It was comforting to see that the streets were calm. I think it bears highlighting that there was no looting or rampant crime taking place.

    An example of people's patience for others: I felt like an idiot when I decided to stop by Phoenix for a drink--I walked in and ordered my usual, a Maker's Mark neat. The bartender poured it and when I pulled out my wallet I realized all I had in cash was $6. I hadn't even thought about the fact that there were no ATMs. The drink was $9, but she took the $6. I couldn't even tip her. I'll go back this weekend to pay the difference and give her the tip,