|Dees Brick Oven Pizza, Metropolitan Ave.|
|The windows have been taped.|
As of this post, only bus service has been spottily restored in Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn and you get to ride for free today. As assessments are made about the damage, subway service will gradually be restored. New York 1 news has the latest update. And Amtrak is having its difficulties all up and down the East Coast from Philadelphia to Boston. And of course, New York airports have cancelled flights and will open sometime tomorrow. My cousin Louis who flew in Wednesday from Tacoma to visit with family will hopefully fly back tomorrow at some point when they reopen the airports. He was scheduled to fly out today. The Long Island Railroad and Metro-North have suffered the most damage from sweet Irene.
In retrospect, though some are thinking that the Mayor's and Governor's decision was based on political expediency and the response with the help of the press was overblown, I think it was the right one to make. I followed instructions, taking all my plants and planters off my balcony: I live on the 6th floor. My car was garaged and safely in its bed; I had enough water (I'm still trying to do The Master Cleanse and failing.) and lemons and organic maple syrup B and cayenne. And after a lousy tennis game Saturday morning in the torpid humidity and mosquito feast and drizzle, during which I worried about clearing off my balcony, I went home, took two hours to drag in all my plants and then hunkered down and watched the news and went online when the news bored me because I hate TV.
|74th and Metropolitan Ave.|
|72nd between Loubet and Manse. The SUV is to the right around the corner.|
Then in my immediate neighborhood of Kew Gardens on Parklane South which borders and curves around the largest park in Queens, Forest Park, following the road and in the middle of the park which is home to 100 + years old, fabulous trees (filling the area with the freshest, purest air in Queens) on both sides Irene left her imprint to frustrate the NYC parks department. I happened upon two employees of the department. One was an official making assessments to pass on to clean up crews in Queens. The other was a part of the clean up team. Both were past their point of patience and tolerance with the situation.
|Harried Parks Official assessing the damage of a tree on a parked car.|
|Corner of Parklane South, Kew Gardens|
After I took these pictures, I met a friend who had cabin fever like I did and we shopped at one of the few food stores that was open and stopped for a cappuccino at Nick's Pizza on Ascan Avenue, yes the same Ascan I posted about, the same Ascan where Weiner used to live. (unless he didn't sell, yet)
We both had parked in front of SS Natural, but across the street were two huge trees on the lawn of the Mary Queen of Martyrs, one larger than the other. The wind had kicked up and was gusting quite heavily. The trees were swaying and snapping their branches in the wind. Suddenly, though I am a person of faith and couldn't imagine those trees coming down on our cars, I thought I did have to drive under the branches of other 100 year old trees in the neighborhood not so spiritually situated. And besides, I had to make sure the plants I had put on my balcony were still there and not flying into my neighbors' windows. I got in my car out of the 43 mph wind gusts and light drizzle when a fire truck with sirens blaring raced down Ascan. My friend was doing a U-turn to go in the opposite direction where she lived and I proceeded to the light and turned down Ascan, thinking to turn left on Union Turnpike where there might be fewer trees. There was the fire truck. The firemen were putting the yellow tape around a tree that had just fallen from the embankment by the railroad track onto Burns Street, right across from One Ascan Avenue. The tree had fallen probably as my friend Emily and I were chatting about those trees swaying presciently in the gusting wind in front of Mary Queen of Martyrs. I turned around, took this shot, then went up Queens Boulevard. It's open like a beach. But there's no water.
|The car is parked on Burns temporarily for photos. One Ascan is on the left.|
|74th and Metropolitan Ave.|