As the storm approached the city, I was experiencing a high point of my month, as I was gathered with a group of 20 women entrepreneurs to strategize and push each other to greater clarity and success. We had a lovely dinner time at a restaurant in the South Street Seaport, even while everyone was figuring out how to leave town before the storm.
When I woke up on Tuesday, both my studio and my apartment were untouched by the storm, and my neighborhood was able to get back into the swing of things almost immediately. However, as the true scope of the disaster has become clear for people just a few miles away, it became a surreal normal.
Yesterday, I went to visit my friend in the Seaport, and saw the lovely restaurant we had eaten in on Saturday, smashed to bits by the flood waters. Residents of the area were piling all of their rotting belongings at the end of the street. Just a small sample of what is happening all around this region.
I have been listening to WNYC radio through the whole storm, hearing stories of people in need. At this moment all over New York, there are many seniors in mid and high rise apartment buildings, and they currently have no power, which means no elevators, no way to leave. For anyone who would like to donate to an organization that is on the ground in New York, serving a very vulnerable population, I recommend citymeals.org Their staff and volunteers have been climbing the stairs of these buildings, not only delivering food, but checking up on the people who are stuck in the dark and cold.
In addition, I am donating 10% of my sales to Citymeals for the month of November. As a business that suffered no damage from the storm, I want to support my fellow New Yorkers in the crisis.
After living in the area through 9-11, I know this city has an extraordinary ability to come back from disasters. At the same time, we intensely appreciate all of the support from caring people around the country and the world.
With deep gratitude,