I first heard the mention of the hurricane to hit the Northeast the night before we were to fly out to move to New York. My Aunt Judy mentioned it to me in conversation while saying she thought it was funny because it's name was Sandy (Sandy is my mom's name), like my mom was trying to warn us not to move and take her only granddaughter thousands of miles away! I didn't really think anything of the hurricane at the time, having never been involved in one. Little did I know it was to affect our whole plan of moving in in a timely manner.
We were all set to move in 3 days after we arrived, on a Monday morning. Sandy was predicted to hit on Monday evening in New York. On Monday morning we learned the bridges were closed, the subways, and buses were shut down and most stores were closed as well. So, all of our belongings were put into temporary storage somewhere in New Jersey until further notice. Lucky for us, we were staying at the Waldorf Astoria on Park Avenue and did not lose power or suffer any flooding like the southern part of Manhattan did. We did suffer some cabin fever for two days because no stores were open, the subways were closed, and restaurants were hard to come by and were out of many food items. We did find a Duane Reade (drug store) close by that provided us with the bare essentials. Bare essentials these days include diapers and wipes for miss Piper girl. I was so glad we didn't know anyone in the city just yet because we were wearing our dirty clothes until we could get to our apartment to do our laundry. We are really counting our blessings that our home and belongings were not affected by the hurricane. We only had to survive very minor annoyances.
We are praising God that we did not end up in Hoboken, NJ as originally planned. When we first came to "house hunt" back in May we really loved the city of Hoboken and the charm it portrayed. You could also get way more space for your money and it was about a 15 minute commute for Brett. We found a fantastic apartment at a condo building called "Sky Club" but to our major disappointment, that did not work out. We were so upset that we were not able to get the dream apartment we really wanted. We still had hopes of moving into the Sky Club or the surrounding area. But, when Brett went to find a place to live in Hoboken, nothing seemed to fit our criteria. So, we ended up in Manhattan. If anyone has watched to destruction of the hurricane, they saw that Hoboken was significantly damaged by it. The city was over 50% flooded, most of the town was without power and many people were trapped in their homes. As it turns out the Sky Club received the worst of the damage. Most of the power was out in the condos and it suffered major flooding. It's one of those situations in life where you are so upset when your plans fall through at the time but when you look back on it you can see how God was leading your life for the better. It's all very humbling and we are thanking Him that He is in control.
We absolutely love the apartment we have in Manhattan and the area that it is in. It doesn't quite feel like home yet but I'm sure it will in time. Pictures to come when we clean up the chaos that moving in brings.
Here is a picture of the cabs normally lined up by the train at the edge of Hoboken.