This is the 15th installment of Cajun Tomato’s NYC 100, a daily series chronicling my experiences and observations as a new New Yorker. I am using the term “daily” loosely, I admit.
Sadly we may see parts of LaGuardia Airport runways & parts of the NYC subway system underwater with tonight’s high tide. #Sandy
— Jim Cantore (@JimCantore) October 29, 2012
A few minutes ago I toured the two blocks nearest mine to survey what the “Calm Before Frankenstorm” looked like in the Washington Heights neighborhood. I observed birds doing F-16 rolls, small trees playing aerial hopscotch, and New York drivers … well, being New York drivers. The gray skies advanced like flowing water across the sky. The chilled air bore a drizzle that promised stronger rain as the day progressed. My favorite corner sandwich shop on my block closed, but another one I frequent one block south stayed open.
When I asked the Latino clerk inside the store if his store would remain open he exhibited a Cajun streak that made me instantly like him.
“Yes, 24 hour,” he told me. He answered as if the question were nonsensical. So if all else fails I will have deli sandwiches. Oh, and groceries – the grocery store where I shopped Sunday remained open. So too did McDonalds and Radioshack. It’s time to buy a battery-operated monster truck!
The damage Cantore referenced in his tweet feels far away. For now.
I will be blogging all day till the power goes out. Check back later for more updates on “Frankenstorm”!