I was in town during Hurricane Sandy....I am writing a trip report but I have difficulty putting into words what I saw on television during my stay there.
I had come in on Friday October 26th after my work day. I flew in around dinner time and was so happy to be in town. I went out for a walk after dinner at the Blue ribbon sushi bar and grill, which is located in my hotel 6 Columbus. The weather was incredible! They were talking on television about Sandy but maybe I was not paying full attention since I was on a vacation.
I had fun on Saturday and Sunday....I shopped for shoes at DSW and Michael Kors and went to the newly opened Essie store on the Upper west side. I had a great dinner at Picholine.
On Sunday, the weather started changing and restaurants and shops started closing around 3 o'clock. Subways and buses also started shutting down and I have to say that New York's contingency plan worked extremely well. This plan took people off the streeets and back home where they should have been.
I was lucky to be in a part of town where we did not lose electricity and could just watch helplessly on television the damage being caused by the weather! I ate around the hotel at the only place that was open, Jean-Georges-Nougatine in the Trump tower. I had 2 lunches and a breakfast there. I feel guilty saying that I ate there because I was watching on television what was happening and here I was eating in an incredible restaurant.
This is where the guilt and anger comes in. Restaurants and shops started reopening 48 hours later on Tuesday and people went as if nothing happened!! I was stuck in town since all the airports were closed. I was supposed to fly out Tuesday but got a flight on Thursday. I was not able to shop and act as if nothing had happened.
I went to eat to restaurants because I did not have a choice but I was seeing parties of people laughing out loud and acting as if nothing was happening. People downtown did not have any electricity, people had died, parts of New Jersey had been obliterated but uptown people were partying. I understand that you have to go on but I thought that many people were being insensitive.
Like I said, I am having difficulty putting into words what I experienced in New York. It must be my Catholic education but I felt guilt at seeing people shopping their lives away on Wednesday when other people were living through probably the most difficult part of their lives. I think that is what people were experiencing when talking about the marathon. You take away ressources from people that need them downtown and other parts.
Some people said that it was like 9-11, that the best way to get over it is to go on with your life but a grieving period is also a matter of respect for the people going through this difficult period. When I go back to New York next time, I will have fun like I always do but the 2 days I spent there after Sandy were not the happiest for me because I could not help thinking about what the people were going through. I wish everyone well......