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Hurricane Sandy Aftermath Upper Manhattan

Harlem Condo Life continued to tour a few favorite spots in Harlem and the surrounding nabes to bear witness to hurricane Sandy’s aftermath.  Below are a few pictures and a video.

This video shows where the Hudson River flooded over the West Side Highway to the median which divides uptown from downtown traffic around 115th Street.

Hundreds of thousands of evacuees have already rushed to emergency shelters with their loved ones, and your support is desperately needed to help keep as many people safe from the storm as possible.  Click here to get involved or donate to The Red Cross.

125th Street Pier

Hurricane Sandy Damage In Harlem On FDB – The Gateway Tower

 

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The Gateway Tower

The Gateway Tower on Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 113th and 114th Street was hit by the hard hurricane winds of Sandy and their green awning collapsed.  A couple of the unit owners and doormen of the building secured it down during the storm with rope so that it wouldn’t get damaged or hurt any passers by.  Right next door to The Gateway is Harlem Food Bar and Frederick Cafe Bistro which the awning runs along as well.

We are told there was roof damage from hurricane sandy to a couple of the penthouse terraces and metal siding at the Gateway Tower as well.   I’m sure many other building here in Harlem have damages from the storm.  Hopefully no major collapses and damages came from the 90 mph winds.

Storm Prep in Harlem

Hurricane Irene last year failed to live up to the doomsday expectations for the city (thank goodness!), but that’s no reason to be  unprepared for Hurricane Sandy this time around.

We stupidly saw –but didn’t buy– a large flashlight in the 125th street Duane Reade yesterday when we were getting preliminary supplies, when we went back this morning all flashlights had vanished… Got the bright idea of going to United Hardware on FDB to buy an electric lantern but first we popped into Rite Aid to see what emergency supplies we could acquire there, not even knowing exactly what we wanted. We wasted 20 minutes standing in line with 2 unneeded LED powered candles as there were no flashlights , and just as we got to the front of the line, Marcus Samuelsson rushed in –what is he buying??? Harlem’s Superstar Chef must know what to buy!!–but we were so close to checkout, we couldn’t  follow him (plus that’s stalkerish anyway). Finally onto United Hardware where we were informed that they had sold out of the last battery lantern 15 minutes beforehand. All out of flashlights too.

Then we fought our way through the throngs at Best Yet–the management is trying their best to have some control and process and they had extra staff in place to facilitate checkout which is great, but the lines are long. Back out on the street we noticed brunch in full swing at many local restaurants–New Yorkers are so irrepressible –and lots of tourists nonchalantly smiling, strolling and even riding rental bikes up FDB, boy are they going to be in for a surprise later…

Only one more thing to buy–actually the most important supply, wine. The Winery is trying to keep their regular hours tonight they say, but they’ll be open at least until 6.

Everyone please be safe and smart during this sustained storm.

*For breaking information on the status of Hurricane Sandy NOAA.

Brunch business as usual at Lido

Heavy crowds at Best Yet.

Hurricane Update: Harlem Has A Flood Risk Zone. Stay Informed SAFELY via Webcam


By HarlemGuy

Harlem has a flood risk zone per the latest maps we’ve inspected.  So please take appropriate cautions of you live in or near the area, or have any friends or family at risk.

If you are curious about what is going on in the city but don’t want to venture outside and want something more “real-time” than TV, please check out one of the city’s many webcams, available on several webcam aggregation sites, including:

My favorite webcam right now is focussed on  Timessquare.

If you know of other/have favorite webcam aggregation sites or specific webcams, please share with us so we can share with all of you.

Most importantly, please be safe.