The Generators: Excerpt from “The Ark”

From the opening chapter of The Ark, Dee takes Apollo out for a walk after Hurricane Sandy:

I took Apollo out toward Broadway. A threatening row of generators, inert grey metal boxes the size of trucks, lined the streets, steel bars and locks, red electric bolts along the rusted edges, thick cables and tubes clumped out across the sidewalk, into doorways, droning fierce metal on metal. IMAG1702A misery came into me, a weighty nothing, the tininess in my head gone. I was worthless. I knew that. It wasn’t just death, the meaningless of that, my stupid realization of my impending deterioration, but the clear pathetic thud of utter meaninglessness. IMAG1579It was this street, this fleeting attempt against the waters taking everything back, the cables and machines, the buildings and walls, huddled in the sharp early light, waiting for the inevitable next. IMAG2357Apollo pulled hard to the garbage truck and pissed.

New York Snow Storm: Anxiety Rules

There is no doubting that it snowed in the city. IMAG2370IMAG2379IMAG2374But it was just a snow storm, not a blizzard. IMAG2381IMAG2394IMAG2384Many in the city remain on edge about storms – storm alerts, panic buying, empty subways – given the fact that the last one was much worse than most expected.

Store opening - 101 days after Hurricane Sandy

Store re-opening – 101 days after Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy Cleanup: Sag Harbor

Some 25 trees were knocked down by Hurricane Sandy near our house. IMAG1774Three months later, with a little help from my friends, I’ve managed to finally fell, cut, split and pile it – a full five cords – for the winter. IMAG2292

I look forward to the many fires to come.Phone 160

Maiden Lane, Manhattan: 10 Weeks after Hurricane Sandy

The television cameras recently returned to the pier at the foot of Maiden Lane in Manhattan. IMAG2124This wasn’t for news on Hurricane Sandy, but a ferry accident in which 90 people were injured. manhattan ferryIt has now been over ten weeks since Hurricane Sandy, and this part of Manhattan, around Maiden Lane, remains much the same. IMAG2117The external generators and boilers are still in the streets. IMAG2115Many of the businesses remain closed. IMAG2120Yes, the Toyota Prius was removed, but it was just replaced by another external generator.

December 8, 2012

December 8, 2012

January 10, 2013

January 10, 2013

Now I am keeping watch on a pair of delivery bicycles which have been chained to the same spot since the storm.

November 15, 2012

November 15, 2012

January 10, 2013

January 10, 2013

It will be odd when all of these things are finally removed…by thieves or the city.

Christmas Card…with a stinger

I wish you a Merry Christmas. I wish you merry Christmas. I wish you a Merry Christmas. And a Happy New Year. 

Moon and World Trade Lit as a Christmas Tree

Moon and World Trade Centre lit as a Christmas Tree

Good tidings I bring to you and your kin.  Good tidings for Christmas. And a Happy New Year.

Construction Boots as Mistletoe

Construction Boots as Mistletoe

Bring me some figgy pudding. Oh bring me some figgy pudding. Oh bring me some figgy pudding. And a cup of good cheer.

Man Sleeping in Brooklyn Bridge Subway on Christmas Eve

Man Sleeping in Brooklyn Bridge Subway on Christmas Eve

I won’t go until I get some. So bring some out here. Good tidings I bring to you and your kin. Good tidings for Christmas. And a Happy New Year.

Empire State Building as Rudolph the Red-Nosed reindeer

Empire State Building as Rudolph the Red-Nosed reindeer

Prius Update: 44 Days after Hurricane Sandy

The Toyota Prius remains on Maiden Lane, 44 days after Hurricane Sandy.

December 11 – 44 days after Hurricane Sandy

The signs say it should move. But it won’t until the generators and boilers are gone too.

Prius hides three cars back.

And that doesn’t look like it’s happening any time soon.

Fueling up the generators

But Christmas is coming. Shouldn’t it be decorated or something? Some red and a wreath perhaps? We’ll see.

Wolf Leaves; Prius Stays

The Wolf of Wall Street was only on Maiden Lane for one day – Tuesday, November 27.

Mr. DiCaprio will be elsewhere.

Whether that was their initial plan or it was due to the lack of power and excess of damage, there will be no DiCaprio sightings here. Meanwhile, 33 days after Hurricane Sandy, the generators and fuel trucks remain,

Fuel delivery on Maiden Lane

as does the Prius.

Prius on Maiden – 33 days after Hurricane Sandy

It is as smashed up and dilapidated as ever…but it is still there, and with a message.Leaving us to wonder how exactly ‘off’ does it mean?