Walking the streets in NYC this weekend was a little eerie. The city dwellers had holed themselves up in their apartments, after stocking up on flashlights, batteries, canned food and bread*. The subway stopped running, the stores were closed and there were hardly any cars out on the road. We spent some time on Saturday getting our little apartment ready, tied down our furniture on the rooftop and then settled in to watch Mad Men, read books, eat chocolate and unpack our boxes from Australia.
Saturday: Pre-hurricane preparations
|- Taping up the windows on Sullivan St, West Village -|
|- Stores and Subway closed for the weekend -|
|- Boarding up a bakery and covering the windows at the Apple Store in Soho -|
|- Pre-hurricane emergency response already underway -|
The worst of the hurricane hit on Sunday morning at around 7am – I have to admit I woke up only briefly, thought about how loud it sounded and then slept through the rest. When I got up at 10am, it was so quiet – the storm had passed and the cars still weren't out yet. We ventured outside to see what the damage had been in the West Village and found lots of tree branches and leaves on the road and plenty of children and dogs enjoying themselves in the water the rain had left behind.
Sunday: Post-hurricane cleanup
|- Bleecker St -|
|- Lots of things fell down -|
|- Gumboots just get in the way of the water! -|
|- The squirrel was going for my coffee... -|
|- A little bit of residual wind -|
|- The calm after the storm -|
|- The new Jimmy Choo store pulled through ok... -|
We feel fortunate that the worst of the hurricane passed us by and our thoughts go out to those that have been impacted. Thank you to all our friends and family for your messages and well wishes.
From New York, with love xox
* My pragmatic friend L. stocked up on all the essentials - a bread stick, brie cheese, sundried tomatoes and wine.