Halloween night was spent on my bike exploring the half of Manhattan that is still without power due to Sandy. Here’s what I experienced.
The transition into the dark side of Manhattan was instantaneous. Only large buildings like the Empire State Building and Chrylser Building were lit up below 42nd Street. Cops were posted at major intersections to facilitate traffic flow. Car headlights provided occasional illumination down the blocks, but most of the time was spent in darkness.
The further south I biked, the more deserted it got.
I found a few food trucks open in SoHo and the Financial District, which were the only spots of light for multiple blocks.
Essential buildings and services were powered, including fire stations and the NYSE.
A few large companies also had power, providing for some interesting lobby views.
It was also a full moon last night, which lit up familiar views in new ways.
There were a few people scattered around the Financial District performing repairs.
When I took a break under the moon-lit Frank Gehry building, I finally noticed a clear sky. The light pollution levels were extremely low down in the Financial District.
A few news vans were posted up at the end of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Biking down pitch black streets was fun…I kept my headlight off until I needed it. Just after I took this photo, a court house police officer gave me a hard time. I guess with no one around, he got bored and wanted to yell at someone.
There were a few bars open by candlelight in the East Village (This is Madam Geneva on Bleecker Street). Spirits were still high.
Things looked so amazing by moonlight! Who wants to do a moon-lit portrait session here?
Van Leeuwen was open, because who couldn’t use some ice cream during a blackout?
People used flashlights to flag cars to stop at intersections throughout midtown.
There was a 3-block line of ambulances and school buses waiting for dispatch outside Bellvue and NYU Medical Center. Lots of medics, drivers, etc standing around, some taking a smoke break.
More news media out reporting.
And more people working hard into the night to restore power.