I am lucky enough to live in a neighborhood in Brooklyn called Prospect Heights. Heights is in the name for a reason- we’re on relatively high ground and far outside the evacuations zones. All we saw from Hurricane Sandy were a couple of downed trees and some blown over signs. We were very, very lucky. Many of my fellow New Yorkers and people up and down the east coast weren’t so fortunate. My sister in Connecticut my in-laws in the West Village, and many, many others are without power. Whole neighborhoods will need to be rebuilt and billions of dollars will have to be spent. Its going to take awhile, but we’ll get it done.
My office is without power, and our remote server were down so there was no work for me today. Instead, I did a six miler around the neighborhood to see what I could see.
The Gowanus Canal is a superfund sight and one of the most polluted water ways in the New York area. There were worries that it would overflow its bank sending god knows what into the streets of the neighborhoods near by. Thankfully, this does not appear to have happened to any large degree. Any overflow was long gone when I ran by there this afternoon. It looked like the same old canal, though the smell was even worse than normal.
After the check in at the canal, I ran up to Prospect Park to check out the damage in around my favorite loop. The City had already cleared the debris from the roadway which circles the park, but dozen of trees were down around the perimeter including many which had been pulled from the ground.
Hundred of people were out survey the scene, taking pictures of themselves in front of downed trees. I was out there two, taking photos, and thinking about how lucky I am that I get to go home, shower, turn on my computer and post this little piece to my stupid blog.