It takes a lot for the “city that never sleeps” to shut down, but that’s exactly what happened when Hurricane Irene was forecasted to make landfall here in NewYork City this past weekend. At the mention midweek of Irene’s path towards theNew York Harbor, the city set into preparation mode (or as some would call it, panic). Flashlights, batteries, water, and bread were snatched from store shelves. Storefronts were boarded up, the 24-hour delicatessens closed and when the subway stopped running at noon Saturday afternoon - the city finally came to a standstill.
New Yorkers hunkered down for the weekend. The rain started early Saturday and we were all waiting anxiously for Irene’s fury. But, by Sunday morning, Irene rolled in as a weakened Tropical Storm. Though the rain and winds were strong, it wasn’t the hurricane that we’d all heard was coming. In the end, the city was spared.
Irene gave us a lesson is preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. It made us realize, if even for a few moments, that in a city with everything seemingly at your fingertips - it can all stop. As for me, after 36 hours in an 800 square foot 1 bedroom apartment with my husband, we couldn’t wait to get back the conveniences we take for granted. The Monday morning rush hour was a welcome routine and I was thrilled to get back to Luminate’s NYC office!