All day today I have been irked. Knowing we in NYC were being hit with yet another storm (quite the 1-2 punch Mother Nature!) and seeing post after post on Facebook, Twitter, etc. saying “Yay its snowing!” and “Its so pretty with all the white on the ground”. Don’t get me wrong, I love the first snow of the year as much as the next Yankee, but it feels pretty insensitive to proclaim your love for something from inside your heated, lit up home from behind your fully charged PC/iPad/smartphone.
What I have found throughout the day is that those not living directly in the NYC/Jersey Shore area have already forgotten and/or moved on from Sandy. It was a week ago that we got pummeled with the rising tide of the super-storm and between then and now there are 100 dead, many missing, homes and lives demolished. So many instances of devastation have been reported, and any of these elsewhere in the country would be upsetting and cause for alarm. However, when it happens in New York City, in our 5 boroughs, in the Jersey Shore, the hub of an entire state’s economy, in iconic Atlantic City, its worse. We have so many more people here than outsiders realize. Displacing thousands of people by evacuating neighborhoods and hospitals and homes becoming unlivable, it hits us in ways that aren’t fathomable.
Now we have issues with shelters having illness outbreaks, mental patients being upset and now one is lost in Brooklyn, an entire family in Staten Island missing, over 60,000 people in NYC alone without power and heat… and you are excited for the snow? Did the election cause amnesia that quickly? Have you never been to this city or worn an I <3 NY something or seen a Broadway show or been on the Staten Island Ferry or walked the Brooklyn Bridge or eaten a slice from the original Ray’s Pizza or tried food you never heard of from a truck or danced all night in our clubs or watched the fountains at Lincoln Center or rode a bike through Central Park or had a drink at a speakeasy in the LES?
The destruction here is massive. The people here need help. The rest of you must pay attention and offer your hand to those in need. After you roll up your sleeves and open your wallets, then go outside and make some snow angels. Must be nice to have a yard.
For information on how to help visit the @SINYCLiving twitter, donate to the Mayor’s Fund for New York or the American Red Cross, or visit NYCares.com and Brokelyn.com for locations needing volunteers.