Hurricane Irene, Trapped in Astoria, Queens, New York, 27-28 August 2011


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Day 1of Irene:

Headed towards Rikers in hopes of getting footage from the bridge.  Unfortunately I was stopped by the guard, as I walked up the path towards the bridge.  Undeterred to find some documentation of the storm, I headed out to the Steinway Creek.  The creek, lonely and beautiful, was also creepy and odorous.  A parked cab with it’s driver in the backseat, sat motionless and silent, perhaps hoping not to be noticed.

As the rain steadied, but the winds lagged, it was decided this was probably a futile mission.  So I headed home, but not before it finally started to pour.  The timing was off today.

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Day 2 of Irene:

Ended with sparse footage on the Astorian side.  This time I headed east to the Socrates Sculpture Garden, hoping to get some footage of the East River and all it’s intensity.  According to the weather authorities, the hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm, but still expected to wreak some havoc around noon.

Walking to the park on the usually busy Broadway (in Astoria), it was quite eerie to see only a handful of people at 10 in the morning.  The drizzle was frustratingly constant, with the occasional wind gust.  The sound of church bells haunted the surreal quiet of mid-morning.  The park was closed, but views of the river were still obtainable, if not mediocre.

A bit disappointed I tried to make a somewhat decent video of Astoria and how it was affected.  I decided not to get footage of windows being taped up because I thought it was too expected.  Extremely grateful that there was no (major) damage in my area, I’m hoping to trek out tomorrow into Battery Park or Coney Island.  I wonder if the trains will be working.

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