Now that I’m back up with power and internet, I thought I’d share my experience during Frankenstorm 2012 aka Hurricane Sandy. First off – this fickel bitch was crazy. I spent the entire time (and continue to spend such time) trapped on Staten Island, the fifth and most under-known borough of New York City. Many areas of the island are still dark and the ferry service remains shut down so I’m not going anywhere anytime soon. Lower Manhattan is still dark and the subways there are supposedly flooded – not just a little flooded – but very flooded.
I did a lot of walking around the past few days. A little walking during the first parts of the storm that took place during the day, but most of it afterward and I used a little Nikon point in shoot at wide lens. Comparing my pics to some of the pics emerging from the island’s south shore, I can see that even with our power loss for two plus days, we made out A-okay. You can view the entire set on my Flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/norcrossmedia/sets/72157631903806987/
Yesterday I was taken aback by the amount of trick or treaters that ventured out, without a second thought on what people were going through. As businesses pumped out their flooded basements and home owners were working to repair damage to their buildings or fish vehicles out of bushes, some residents had the audacity to come up and ask for candy. Every single person I witnessed was turned away. It’s astonishing, the lack of common sense in some people. I’m a big advocate of telling your kid that there is a major problem right now, so Halloween is off or at least postponed. Unfortunately, as I’m aware of who my readership is, I’m positive my views will go unseen by those who would do this.
The day after Sandy, we saw people driving around just to gawk at the devastation – wasting gasoline. Those same people showed up to Citgo when the power was turned on, only to get into fights with one-another about who was there first. Craziness from folks who weren’t thinking ahead or calculating resources.
Another interesting note before I end this: I find disturbing, the number of people who were driving around the island the morning after the storm, for no other reason than to gawk at the devastation. It occurred to me almost immediately that there was something wrong with this – why waste the gas if you’re not coming out to lend a hand or give coffee to those without the ability to generate hot water? Mind you those same people are now getting into fights at the few gas stations that are open, because they’re now desperate for fuel. In the future I would hope these people might think ahead before blowing their resources on such silliness It makes not sense to me why there is such a massive lack of common sense and ability to gauge how bad the current situation is. I haven’t even ventured to the South Shore (and won’t for some time with train service suspended) but just hearing about what it looks like out there makes me want to donate my time to helping them out. If I had a car I’d be down there seconds. You think any of these gawkers feel the same way? Probably not.
You can read up on other details of my Sandy experience by visiting my Facbeook Page: http://www.facebook.com/ericmichaelnorcross I urge you to give me a “like”!
PHOTOGRAPHY: Being on the bastard end of this storm and seeing how much it has hurt other people’s lives, the idea of some snarky photographer profiting off this natural disaster pains me. So to combat any future “picture sales” I’ve decided to release my entire Hurricane Sandy/Frankenstorm 2012 portfolio into the public domain. All I ask is that you provide a photographer cred, as is the widely accepted normality.
SUGGESTION: If you’re on Staten Island and your power and communications are still down, I suggest venturing to the ETG Book/Cafe in Tompkinsville. They’ve got hot food and FIOS internet. I was able to keep my business running, at least via e-mail, because of this establishment. Remember to bring cash, their credit/debit machines were still unresponsive at last check.
Best to you and your loved ones and if you’re on the east coast, hope you all fared well.