All but one of Gawker’s New York-based writers live in Brooklyn, where for the past few days we’ve been spoiled by high-speed internet access, refrigerated food, and running water, but we’ve peered over at blackened downtown Manhattan from afar and thought one thing: Thank god I live in Brooklyn.
Not all of us can be so smug, though: since Sandy hit on Monday, a large proportion of power-less downtown New Yorkers have begun an uptown exodus, seeking shelter or an outlet for their cell phone or some hot food at a friend’s apartment or an open restaurant. Some reports say ConEd will restore power by tomorrow; Mayor Bloomberg said in a press conference today that the “vast bulk of people” currently without power shouldn’t expect restored power until the weekend.
I soon realized I was being flanked by about a dozen other downtown sojourners.
I was able to upload my East Side photos, but there were at least a half-dozen (very anxious) folks waiting in line behind me.