Scenes from Sandy: In Search of a Charge and Signal

Posted on: November 1st, 2012 at 11:16 am by
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The moment bus service was restored Tuesday evening, stranded Lower East Siders took a ride to the north country (39th Street) to recharge and regroup. By the time the M15 SBS arrived at the Grand stop, there was pretty much nowhere to stand. Many in the neighborhood had the same idea – free bus ride to power phones an appliances.

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We went along for the ride and exited at 42nd Street; a Duane Reade outpost one block over on Second was savior. Upon passing through the automatic double doors, the sight became quite clear. Downtowners parked themselves at free outlets while uptowners shopped as if nothing had happened. Seemingly disheveled folks huddled together and swapped war stories while grabbing power for their gadgets. A scene unto itself.

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And here’s a shot of 39th and 2nd, the proverbial Mason Dixon Line in this power outage situation.

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