Kelly Comeaux, a graphic designer for CNN, thought she was just going to spend the weekend in New York City. Then Sandy hit, and Comeaux found herself stuck in a city crippled by flooding, winds and loss of power. She documented a little bit of her unplanned week, and the relief of finally getting on the plane home.
Thursday, November 1st:
What was going to be a weekend trip has been a week long. My flight has been canceled and rescheduled two times.
I've been stuck indoors for a few days. The subway from where I am staying in Harlem opened up today (one train) so I have ventured out near Times Square, which is one stop short of the end of the south line. It seems Midtown south and Lower is still without power. The streets are packed with people eager to just get out of their apartments and most stores are open while half of everyone has gone back to work or is working from home.
Friday, November 2nd:
At 4:30 a.m., it took about 10 minutes to find a cab. It turns out, the driver tells me after 6 a.m. I would have needed two more people to get in a cab. From 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., you need three or more passengers because of limited available transportation. He then told me it took three hours to get from Midtown NYC to LaGuardia (airport) because of having to stop two other places along with traffic. Thank goodness my flight was this early, forcing me to make the pre-6 a.m. deadline! The taxi ride was a short 15 minutes from Harlem to LGA, not too much traffic at the curb but I'm sure it will pick up at 7 a.m. Security took less than 10 minutes. Everyone's looking good and on time! Looks like things are back to normal.