New East Village Knowledge

A few lessons learned from the storm

New East Village Knowledge

That people who hold coffee cups that emit visible steam will be approached and questioned about the origin of their beverage three times a minute (on average).

That joggers are a breed whose durability ranks just below the A-bomb-proof cockroach and that these dedicated runners own expensive-looking Nike Hurricane gear. (Fluorescents are in this season.)

That you can always get a hoagie from a bodega. Always.

That New Yorkers have been training their entire lives for life without "Don't Walk" signals.

That the city's Parks Department employees usually have a hard and thankless job, but their duties this week didn't fall under the latter, as multiple passersby expressed their appreciation to the workers clearing the drainage systems in East River Park. I also learned that the Four Tops have never sounded better than they did blasting from the open doors of a Parks Department pickup truck.

That lines for unlit pizzerias can stretch down the block and that the people in those lines can't help but smile and talk at length about the smell.

That the only thing more wonderful than the smell of hot pizza is the sound of "Free ice cream!" coming from two grocery store employees standing next to carts full of Ben & Jerry's on St. Marks.

That the cliché is true: New Yorkers really do come together in times of crisis. If you cut someone off on Second Avenue, however, you are still going to get the bird flipped at you with righteous ferocity.

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I can not understand why the Red Cross, Salvation Army, FEMA mobile units ect...did not go to the lower east side, to check on the elderly who live in the housing projects, alone, with no communication, water, for help.  The housing project at Campos Plaza Ave C btw 12&14 was never checked on after the storm. I understand, that there are other situation much more important, but how important are the senior citizens to the Red Cross? Salvation Army? The hallways and stairways were dark, making it dangerous for ANY senior to go up and down a flight of stairs that add up to approx 20 flights !!! This is why I will NEVER donate money to these organizations. They never, never went to help out these people. 

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