Scenes from Sandy: Communal Cell Phone Charging

Posted on: November 1st, 2012 at 11:45 am by
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The Lower East Side is quite resilient and is already adapting to the new reality without power and cell service. Businesses are gradually opening and residents are coming together to get through it. Heartwarming.

People need to be connected, though, and trekking to midtown for a charge is not practical. Two hours there and back, minimum. So the electronics store at 47 Canal Street is offering its generator-based power for those in need. Groups of pedestrians huddled around the extension cords waiting to top off. It’s a scene straight out of an imaginary book entitled ‘How Not to Plug Tons of Power Strips Together’ but the bottom line is that it works and is helping the community stay in touch with the outside world.

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