Saturday, November 3, 2012
Hi everyone! Great news. As you might have heard, the power is back in lower Manhattan and the subways are almost all running again. Alex was actually downtown when power starting coming back on and said it was amazing and emotional. It felt like New Years Eve but better.
Turns out, the only train that we live near to take us into the city (the L) is still completely flooded and they do not have a time line for when it will be up and running again. However this inconvenience (the nearest running subway is now about a 30 minute walk) has made me decide to walk partially to work everyday starting Monday! I live 3 miles from the first subway stop over the bridge in Manhattan and my plan is to walk this route to work every day, and then get on the train for the rest of the way. On the way home, I'll take the train to the Marcy ave stop from west 4th street and then walk that last 30 minutes. It will end up being about 4.5 miles a day, and i'm really excited to give it a try!
As you also probably heard, the NYC marathon was finally canceled yesterday. Every year I say I'm going to go watch it, because everyone I know who has done that always says it's the most uplifting and inspiring experience, but I never actually have. I was having mixed feelings about this year, and as more disasters became apparent from Sandy, the more I felt it should be canceled So I will have to wait another year to be a marathon spectator, but in the mean time, I'm excited to participate in the NYC Volunteerathon tomorrow! Alex and I are getting in touch with the Red Hook Initiative right now and are hoping to put our almost full tank of gas and able bodies to good use.
I am so proud of our city right now. Even though a lot of things are not running as smoothly as they should be and people still feel hopeless, so many people want to help and I know it will make a big difference in the long run. I keep seeing the phrase that hurricane clean up is not a sprint, it's a marathon and I'm going to try and help out as much as I can in the coming months, but I think the symbolism of volunteering on marathon day is important. I'm pretty sure that I'm going to be inspired and uplifted just as much as I would have been as a spectator of the marathon- if not more. So click here for more info on the Volunteerathon and help spread the word if you can!
PS- Katrina survivors talk to New York.
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