“Holidays are for spending time with family and friends. Natural disasters are for getting to know strangers,” the stranger sitting next to me at the Bushwick Country Club said hours before the Hurricane Irene was due to strike last year.
It is good advice to keep in mind now, as the Sandy monster storm barrels down on NYC.
Last year, our survival tactic was to hole up in the nearest bar (At the time, Pearl’s), and wait out the winds and rains. By the time we stumbled outside, we barely noticed the fierce winds. And by the time we awoke the next morning — around 11 AM — it was sunny again.
By all reports, the Sandy Frankenstorm, due to take its wrath out on NYC this afternoon and tonight, is not to be trifled with. Already, we can see how much larger this storm is than last year’s Irene:
TWERKIN MAH WAY UP TO NYC. I’LL BE THERE SOON SHAWTY — HURRICANE SANDY (@AFrankenStorm) October 29, 2012
Early this morning — hours before Sandy was due to hit — the waters of the Hudson rushed onto Battery Park:
Bushwick, thus far, hasn’t been hit as hard:
— Amanda Lucci (@alucci) October 29, 2012
— Ashley Louise (@AshleyLLouise) October 28, 2012
Despite the impending devastation, the area’s local drinking and dining establishments are endeavoring to stay open:
Hi guys! We’ll be open at ten for as long as we can 🙂 — CaféGhia (@CafeGhia) October 29, 2012
Update: our kitchen will close at 1:00 today. We’ll reopen TOMORROW NIGHT at 5pm for dinner. Be safe, have fun, we love you! — CaféGhia (@CafeGhia) October 29, 2012
Hurricane drinking game: drink when it rains
— Jackie Pizz (@JackiePizz) October 29, 2012
Yesterday, there was a rush for supplies:
— //hipster haiku// (@haihipster) October 27, 2012
Yesterday, the city closed the subways:
Mail service, however, soldiered on…