Watishista Post-Sandy Check In: How Are You All?

30 Oct

Saw this on Twitter and thought “bet you do now, arsehole!” So how did everyone fare? I was incredibly lucky. My power flickered and had some surges, but it stayed on. At several points, I thought the windows were going to blow out though. It was very scary, but considering what happened in other areas, I was very fortunate. My heart is breaking with the images from New Jersey, The Rockaways & Long Island. I’m very worried about friends/family in those areas.  I watched a car float by my office near Battery Park last night on the news. Sobering to say the least.  Here’s a shot (courtesy of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo of the Whitehall subway station near my office. I take the train from that stop every day).

Whitehall Subway Station via Governor Cuomo

The entry to the Brooklyn Battery tunnel flooded and had a raging river going through it. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it on the news. This is a truck that was parked in front of Battery Park’s entrance when they closed it. You can see the roof under the water. This is all in the 3-4 blocks around my office.

Entrance to Battery Park via Governor Cuomo

Lobby of 140 West Street via Governor Cuomo

The East River came in 3 full blocks from its usual shoreline. The new bank of the river was at Pearl Street. Holy shit.  Brooklyn also got spanked. What totally blew me away were these photos of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Carousel from last night by doorsixteen. This is how it normally looks.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Carousel by doorsixteen

Brooklyn Bridge Park Carousel by doorsixteen

She took the final one before evacuating (smart move!) the Dumbo area. It’s just nutsballs here people and it’s going to be long time before we get back to “normal.” When they record a 32.5 wave in New York Harbor, you know you’re fucked. Anyhow, here are some links to help those who are affected. FEMA disaster recovery programs for NY  FEMA disaster recovery programs for NJ (If you need other states, let me know) and overall Disaster Recovery Assistance resources. If you want to help, a good starting place is a donation to the American Red Cross.

I’m going to walk down to the pub now, the owners have opened it up for all the neighbors who have no power so they can get a hot meal. I’m going to lend a hand.

Stay safe and if you’re okay, count your blessings – so many people are suffering today.



30 Responses to “Watishista Post-Sandy Check In: How Are You All?”

  1. Suse October 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    I’m glad you’re ok; thank you so much for keeping us up to date. Don’t worry if you can’t post for a while for any reason! Sending warm thoughts to friends, family, and everyone over there, from the other side of the Atlantic – it’s raining here too, but that’s all we have to worry about! Take care, and keep safe.

    • headbandsandheartbreak October 30, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

      Thank you for your kind wishes! Maisougio will hold the fort from Detroit, thankfully!

  2. panama October 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    I kept thinking about the watishistas who are facing Sandy day long – hope everybody’s safe! Lozil, I’m so glad to hear you’re okay and with power.
    Everybody who is affected, stay strong! I’m sending good thoughts to all of you. And I’m definitely counting my blessings today – things like these make me realize how very happy and lucky I’ve been in my life so far…

    • panama October 30, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

      it was supposed to read “all day long”.

    • headbandsandheartbreak October 30, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

      Thanks so much, panama. XO

  3. M October 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    *hugs* I’ve been glued to the news hoping and praying for all my family and friends who are suffering thru Sandy. Hope everyone here is safe and dry.

  4. Katie Ann October 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    Glad you’re all right, Lozil! I’m all right, too- lots of branches down around the neighborhood, and the power was out for a bit this morning, but that’s nothing. There’s flooding in the lower parts of town, and basically everything was closed today, but by tomorrow we’ll be getting back to normal. Thinking of everyone who has the long road ahead recovering from this storm.

  5. kristine October 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    Happy to hear you are safe and sound! Those pics are crazy! Our power has been out since six, last night.
    Everyone here is ok! Cant say the same for five trees, three houses and one car on our street! We had some serious wind thst took down three trees and a utility pole at the same time!
    Our street has become a tourist attraction! There is even a local news team over here at
    the moment! I had quite a panic attack last night, it was so scary! Ok. I’m rambling
    . Sorry! Glad you are ok!

  6. MissLadya October 30, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    Hang in there, guys! 😦

  7. Phédre October 30, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    Happy to hear you’re ok and have power. Hope everything turns to normal very soon.

  8. juni October 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    So glad to hear that you all are well. we’ve been glued to our screens here hoping and praying that everything turns out fine. sending lots of warmth, love and well wishes for your country, i pray that you all find comfort and unity in this crazy time!!!!

    🙂 sending hugs, love and comfort 🙂

    • headbandsandheartbreak October 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

      Thanks, juni! XO We’re all banding together – there’s nothing we can’t get through as long as we;re united.

  9. HermosaChica October 30, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    Wow, those photos look awful! It’s not nearly as bad over here. It was sort of nice outside a couple of hours ago, but it’s been raining heavily again for about an hour now.
    Stay safe everybody! *big hugs*

  10. lily October 30, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    I’m glad you’re ok! It seems you work a few blocks from where I live, so I’m a bit soggy and without power/electricity… but luckily I’m staying uptown now! This is all pretty crummy, but seeing a few million people coming together and helping/caring for one another is pretty awe inspiring. Stay safe everyone!

    • headbandsandheartbreak October 30, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

      Glad you’re okay – lower Manhattan is a mess. But NYers are tough and we band together. xo Stay safe and if you need anything, let me know.

  11. Manie October 30, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    Totally powerless and no water but I’m glad to have friends to provide me with Internet to indulge in my footie love. Hope you ladies – and all readers in the path of Sandra – are okay and safe!

    • headbandsandheartbreak October 30, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

      So glad you’re okay. xo We’re all finding out what we can do without, right? There’s so many that are worse off than we are. I feel lucky and blessed.

  12. Mandi October 30, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    I’m uptown so I’m one of those lucky people who never lost power. It sounds like I’m going to have an evacuee staying with me tomorrow. My bro and co lost power and have no hot water and won’t for a few days yet.
    If there is anybody that’s still in the path of this thing. It really is no joke. Take care and stay safe!

    • headbandsandheartbreak October 30, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

      So glad your brother and co are okay and you, of course! What a welcome to NY, eh? We band together like nothing else though, don’t we? If you need anything, call me. xo

      • Mandi October 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

        Such a wonderful welcome. 🙂 The bro is here. He says he had riverfront property for a bit. I will do (call), you do the same. (Sounds like some subways will be up soon! Yay!)

  13. em October 30, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

    Hang in there guys! Glad you are ok.

    • em October 31, 2012 at 12:52 am #

      Wow Loz,
      The pics you have posted are quite startling, I am truly surprised and definitely concerned about how long it will take the NE to recover. That is a crap load of water. You can see the similarities to New Orleans/Katrina. This was certainly a beast of a system. It has lived up to the hype like few others have.
      Forecasting has improved greatly, even recently, so a lot of lives were saved ahead of this by heeding the warnings. You just have to feel for the families who have lost over the last few days.

  14. PMom_GA October 31, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    This is where I used to live – Riviera Dr in Lindenhurst NY – house would be on the right between Saltaire & Neptune signs. This was taken before the main storm & surge, at low tide! Imagine house is total loss now, since tide came up at least another 3-4 ft at high tide.

    PS – that big boat should NOT be there, and is on land.


  15. black widow October 31, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    so glad everyone is present and accounted for. lozil, you’re a good woman to volunteer after what you’ve been through and the gruelling schedule you’ve had lately. *hugs*

    we had some vicious winds here, and even one fatality, but nothing compared to what you had. i cannot believe what i’m seeing on TV and online. 😦

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