Power came back on. Actually, the power company guy came and restored power after I pulled over on the side of the road next to the only power company truck still left in Angelborough. I pointed out that two separate guys had come out to inspect the line outside our houses on Halloween, promised to restore power that night, and it hadn’t happened. I said, “Website says only 8 customers are without power in Angelborough now, and they’re all on my block.”
The guy said, “Yeah, sounds like you fell through the cracks.”
Half an hour later, power was restored.
Then I got to look at all the pictures. 🙁 I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. The first things I found were the photos of where Breezy Point used to be, and then everything else. I kept thinking, “What have you done to my city?” but there’s no one to think it to, just a hurricane that blew through and then blew away.
If anyone can recommend a charitable organization that’s actually on the ground right now in Staten Island, handing out water, food, blankets — go ahead in the comments. I can’t load a car with stuff and head down there, so prayers and donations are the best we can do long-distance.
EDITED TO ADD: Kate has provided a long list of locations in Staten Island that will take material donations if you FedEx them there. Also, there’s an article in the New York Times about how the Occupy Wall Street movement has mobilized to provide relief services in New York City, helping people who are stranded in buildings or have urgent medical and physical needs.