Out of Power, In the Dark
THE DAYS AFTER HURRICANE SANDY I biked into downtown NYC a few times. Manhattan didn’t experience the scale of devastation of neighborhoods like the Rockaways or Breezy Point or Staten Island, but it was surely one of the most surreal places to be. It’s an eerie feeling biking in pitch black in the downtown of a city of eight million. It’s like being in the country, except you’re in the city. There was an upsurge in petty crimes — looting of supermarkets, drugstores, etc. — but a decrease in major crimes. On the whole the atmosphere was of camaraderie and fellowship. People came together to hand out dry ice or share food around curbside fires or set up impromptu charging stations (where else do you get to ride a bike to charge your phone?). You could even go to a bar and have a bottle of beer by candlelight. And after that, you could go relieve yourself against a tree trunk on 14th and 1st Ave without the slightest concern of being seen. You don’t get to do that every day in NYC. At least not at 8pm.
Last month I posted a video of footage I took in Brooklyn during the hurricane. This month it’s of Manhattan, in the days after Sandy:
(p.s. a friend pointed out that I got a shot of Walter Isaacson — aka the biographer of Steve Jobs — talking with a hipster. It’s 30 seconds into the video. Or click on the thumbnail of the photo at the beginning of this post)
- A Night out with Sandy
- On The Patagonian Rocks (Video)
- Birqash Camel Market
- Sea, Snow & State Troopers