Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Wet Apple

Looking East from our hotel, across the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge, etc.
Jeremy had to work in NYC last week, so we decided to make a family trip out of it. In fact, we took our niece and her friend with us, as part of their high school graduation trip. Suzy had great plans to show them a good time in the big city. Unfortunately, the spring showers turned angry:

A combination of driving winds and intense rains left nearly half a million customers without power, was blamed for three deaths, and created serious obstacles to traveling distances both short and long around the New York metropolitan area on Saturday.

Gusts of more than 60 miles per hour also fanned a severe fire that destroyed historic homes on the Jersey Shore and knocked buildings to the ground.

The drenching came after a period of temperate relief from a winter marked by several blizzards dubbed “snowmaggedons.” But a different type of biblical reckoning came to mind as the National Weather Service predicted that at least two to four inches of rain would fall before the end of Sunday and had the area on a flood watch.

The Financial District in Lower Manhattan isn't a particularly kid-friendly neighborhood in the best of times, but with 60-mile-per-hour winds it becomes quite unpleasant. Tennyson made the most of it by watching DVDs...

...soaking in the warm tub...

...and watching more DVDs.

When the clouds briefly parted on our last day, we ventured out to see the wreckage. The number of $5 umbrellas littering the streets was hilarious.

New York is always an adventure, and this trip was no exception. Here are a few parting shots:

Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges over the East River

Wall Street - cleaned out by the storm

One Liberty Plaza (location of Jeremy's NY office) rises into the clouds


Hillary said...

Looks like Tennyson and Aunt Hillary would get along great. Though I'm pretty sure we aren't watching the same DVDs....

Jay & Pat said...

More great shots from Jeremy's camera. This post brought back some great times in the Big Apple last summer with you guys (and the weather was better!).

naomi megan. said...

suzanne! i'm so glad you commented on my blog because now i know yours!!!! yay! i'm so sorry nyc was a bust! had been meaning to ask you about how it all went! at least DC is only a couple hours away....so better luck next time, no?!

your blog cracks me up. the photos of tennyson each year in his bday post made me laugh out loud! he's so darling!