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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Actually, we never went anywhere, but Hurricane Sandy “delivered a crippling blow” (NY Times) to New York City and visited devastation on much of the northeastern US from the Carolinas north to New England and west to Ohio.  Fortunately, the building I live in on the Upper West Side sits on one of the highest points in Manhattan—a hill of solid Manhattan schist (granite)—easily 100 feet higher than the Hudson River, only one block to our west, so we were never threatened in the least: Never even lost power. Others weren’t so fortunate. Here are views of  a pedestrian in lower Manhattan Monday night and the island blacked out below about 40th Street:

 

 

Unfortunately, our server for both Adam Smith, Esq., and JD Match lives in the revamped “Bush Terminal” in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, along the waterfront, where the East River overflowed its banks Monday night up to the first floor level.  Our hosting facility prudently decided to turn power off in a controlled fashion and has just now been able to restore it.

Bush Terminal, built in 1895, became the largest multi-tenant industrial property in the United States, and at its peak employed 25,000 workers in shipping, warehousing, and manufacturing for the textile, automotive, and machinery industries, among others, and was one of the major rail-to-ship and ship-to-rail  transfer points on the East Coast.  Red Hook,  now revivifying with pricey apartments, shops, and restaurants, was the setting for On the Waterfront. 

Bush Terminal then, and now.

 

 

 

 

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