8.29.2011

Aftermath of Irene: The View from Greenwich Village

There's not a lot to report. While the flooding and winds and power outages grew dire in parts of New Jersey, the Catskill Mountains, and terribly in Vermont, Lower Manhattan experienced minor issues with the passage of the storm Irene.

People woke in my neighborhood on Sunday to see steady rains out their windows. We were expecting more. We still had power to watch TV coverage, and in the morning hours CNN's Anderson Cooper was conveniently stationed nearby at the corner of W. 3rd and Thompson Street, just a block south of Washington Square Park. When the meteorologist Jacqui Jeras explained to him that the storm was falling apart, Cooper seemed to share our surprise. This was as bad as it was going to get, we understood, and there was not a lot of weather drama to report from Greenwich Village. We lost some tree branches here and there.

Aftermath of Irene: The View from Greenwich Village
A large tree branch falls on a path on the north side of Washington Square Park.


Aftermath of Irene: The View from Greenwich Village
Typical scene from Sunday afternoon. A few vehicles, a a few leaves.


Aftermath of Irene: The View from Greenwich Village
At Silver Spurs at LaGuardia Place and Houston on Sunday afternoon.

Actually, the worst part came later in the afternoon - several hours of relentless winds - but by that time many of us had ventured down Bleecker Street, to a tavern, or to the park. It felt good to be outside in the fresh air. The air smelled remarkably clean amidst the shutdown of combustion engines. It was also a relief to escape the relentless drone of the breaking news coverage of the storm and the countless images of reporters in windbreakers reporting from receding beaches and washed over boardwalks.

Aftermath of Irene: The View from Greenwich Village
A few lingering rain bands moved through in the afternoon. Houston Street.

Aftermath of Irene: The View from Greenwich Village
A few bars opened their doors on Bleecker Street in the afternoon.


Aftermath of Irene: The View from Greenwich Village
Quiet on Thompson Street. That's One World Trade Center, under construction,
in the background.


Aftermath of Irene: The View from Greenwich Village
Open for business.

Images by Walking Off the Big Apple from Sunday, August 28, 2011.

2 comments:

Terry B, Blue Kitchen said...

Glad to see Irene left your neighborhood relatively unscathed, Teri! I think Vermont was perhaps the hardest hit.

FantasticBabblings said...

Thanks for the tour, Teri. I'm glad the damage was minimal. I think I'll go out shortly and see how this neighborhood fared. I'm sure we were unscathed. It looks beautiful out my window.