NYC post Sandy. I just don’t have the words to properly express my thoughts. My heart is breaking for those who lost so much. Where I live and work, it’s almost as nothing happened. Even though it doesn’t seem entirely ‘right’ to include the ‘happy’ photos I’ve taken over the last few weeks, I feel it’s important. I’m not going to say much more except that I hope the photos I’m sharing invoke in you the same emotions I’ve been feeling. As for the things I’ve seen and the photos I’m not sharing with you, I feel that sometimes it’s better not to exploit the trials of those less fortunate than you. We’ve got a lot of work to do.
Arrival of NYCbiketrain conductor, Nov 2.2012
Upright cycling on an uncomplete street UWS
Happy smiling faces at the TA BikeNYC commuter station in Times Square
BikeNYC commuter , Nov 2, 2012
BikeNYC heading home over the Williamsburg Bridge, Nov 4 2012
Enjoying a conversation while pedaling through Central Park, Nov 10, 2012
Coffey Park, Red Hook, Brooklyn. I won’t show you pictures of the long lines of people waiting for aid. It’s not right even though my heart breaks for them. Thankfully, Ocuppy Sandy and the Red Hook Initiative have been there daily for them.
The sad reality, nearly two weeks after Sandy: no heat or hot water for 3000 residents of Red Hook. And that’s only Red Hook. A bus offering hot showers to those in need. The disaster zone is much larger.
Old streetcars in Red Hook.
Volunteer Information Nov 11, 2012. Changing by the minute
Utter irony, a beautiful photo of the NYC harbor from Brooklyn one and a half weeks after Sandy wreaked her havoc. A fifteen foot storm surge came from these waters, submerging homes in Red Hook in 8 feet of water in 15 minutes.
A flicker of hope in the midst of disaster. A reading library set up in Coffey Park, Red Hook, Brooklyn
The difference between the person on bike in the first photo and the person standing with a suitcase in the immediate photo above illustrate what breaks my heart. Those of us who can volunteer our time are luckier than those who need. No matter how resilient or resourceful you are; sometimes you really need the help of others.
I’m not perfect, I’m not amazing, I’m not special. I’m just one human being. I was able to give a few hours of my time last weekend to help those most in need. I’ll be giving a few more hours of my time again tomorrow. I’m not special. I’m not superhuman. I just care. Hope you do too. Do what you can do.