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The Day After the Sno’reastercane, Frankenstorm, or NYC Apocalypse 2012 (Update)


Just a quick update from higher ground:

In the middle of a night of drinking, communal eating, and smoking with the neighbors, I looked out the window to see a giant flash of blue light followed shortly by darkness.

It was lights out in the East Village! Still not the worst thing. We all thought the power would be back by midnight, or the morning at the latest. How wrong we were. Alphabet City, only a few blocks away, had cars floating up and down the streets. We woke up to downed trees, no traffic lights, no power, no hot water, no cell phone service, no internet, nothing.

There were long lines for every pay phone and every open pizza parlor (because apparently disaster-readiness is not in the HipsterHandbook). No subways, no buses, taxis taking multiple fares — well, the taxi drivers who were nice, that is.

It felt strange to be unconnected and completely cut off from the rest of the city. Before cellular service winked out, I managed to see that power was out from 39th Street down. That giant flash of light? A transformer explosion — which ConEdison now disputes, but what the heck else could it be? Aliens?!

Once I found out that power might not be restored till the weekend, I did what any good little BaconBiscuit would do: I packed up my bacon and all of my frozen meats and sent them to a safe freezer in Brooklyn (Thank you, Niki and Dave!).

Then I packed up and decamped to a friend’s luxury apartment on the Upper East Side. She has power, internet, hot water, cable television, and a dishwasher! Ooooh! Fancy!

Seriously, it’s like the hurricane didn’t happen up here. I saw people at Gymboree and eating sushi! I bought brook trout at Fairway!

Downtown? It’s like the great NYC Blackout all over again.

I feel like a refugee in my own town, but am safe and sound. Thank you all for checking in!

More photos of the downed trees behind my building below. I took them before my cell died!

* Above, a photo of a corner one block away from home. Taken from the New York Times.
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22 Comments

  1. Hey: I was going to offer you the option of decamping to chez les parents of SusaneatsLondon but it sounds like you are well-situated. Let me know if you need a place to stay; you can stay in the ROOM WHERE I GREW UP.

    • Aw! Thanks, Susan! That is super sweet 🙂 But so far, so good. I have been enjoying making my friend’s doorman laugh with comments like, “This place is fancy! It’s like a hotel . . . without the ho’s . . .”

      😉

  2. It’s good to hear that you’re fine and that important things (read “bacon”) got taken care of. Stay safe!

    • So true! When I found out that the power would be out for days, maybe a week, I knew I had to go somewhere and stay with friends. We absorbed another downtown refugee last night after her building lost water!

  3. Glad to know you are safe, sound and in a warm place, although not your home :-/
    Some images from Manhattan are hard to believe…
    Take care!

  4. So amidst all the chaos they were still making pizza? So there is something to be said for fast food. That pic of the intersection is amazing – black out but purple lights from somewhere. Over here the news said ‘its not that bad, overreaction’ Then an hour later they caught up with themselves and started reporting a major disaster – i hate to think what London would look like if we got hit with something like that

    • Well, I guess it’s better to use up the food rather than let it go to waste. I do think it’s kind of strange how unprepared all these hipsters are. There was a new tenant in our building who knocked on my door to ask if I knew the gas was on. I told her that yes, I just made toast, the gas is on. And she said that it was off in her apartment. I asked her if she tried holding a lit match up to the gas burner to light it and she said, “Oh! You can do that?!”

      I’m not sure you can ever make people happy. During Hurricane Irene, the city government was criticized for overreacting, now they are being criticized for not reacting enough!

  5. Good to hear what’s happening downtown. (Luckily, my mom is safe and sound here with me in Antalya.) And I have to admit that it was especially reassuring to know that no bacon was lost in the storm.

    • I was just wondering about your mom and was hoping that she was okay. The East Village is still without power and being the paranoid-obsessive that I am, I feared zombie apocalypse downtown!

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