Lower Manhattan continues its slow recovery, not yet fully illuminated as of last night. Our friends from Red Hook came over for dinner--their building (our old building) is still lacking power and heat, and it might not return until this weekend. Maura and I will be riding the subway into the city this morning for the first time in over a week. For us, business will resume, albeit not quite as usual. We have been incredibly lucky.
Others were not. According to the mayor, anywhere from 20- to 40,000 of the city's residents are now homeless. We can help in ways large and small. Close to us, the Red Hook Initiative has been working non-stop since the storm to assist the neighborhood's residents--many of whom are still living without power or heat. Donations are accepted through its website. Of course, you can also donate to the Red Cross' hurricane relief efforts. Treehugger has a more exhaustive list of ways to donate time or money.