Sandy meets the Hudson River.

I went for a walk while the winds and rain were not too threatening.  Virtually every restaurant and business I passed was closed, save for some drug stores and an intrepid diner or deli here or there.  The sidewalks were fairly desolate; traffic was minimal.  I had a tuna melt on rye at Manatus.  Knowing the city parks are closed and that the Hudson River Park lies in evacuated Zone A, I nevertheless wanted to see how close I could get to the river.

It turns out I was not alone.  Although the entrances to the waterfront and piers were blocked and police cars were patrolling the waterfront, the bike path remained open.  New Yorkers stood pressed up against the barricades to get a look at the swollen river.

West Side Highway at Christopher Street

Barricades at Hudson River Park, near Christopher Street & West Side Highway

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Hudson River Park, Pier 45 at 10th Street

Hudson River Park. The very end of Pier 45 is visible on the far right: note the water level.
The buildings across the river are in Hoboken (right) and Jersey City (left).

Hudson River Park. More of Pier 45 is visible in this shot (far right).

I have never seen the water level this high.  And Sandy is just getting started.

On my way home I ran into a neighbor with grocery bags.  Is Dagostino actually open?  “Yeah, but the lines are really long, and pretty much the only thing left on the shelves now is candy.”

Sounds about right.

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About Iris Vander Pluym

Iris Vander Pluym is an artist and activist in NYC (West Village), and an unapologetic, godless, feminist lefty. Raised to believe Nice Girls™ do not discuss politics, sex or religion, it turns out those are pretty much the only topics she ever wants to talk about.

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