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NEW YORK DAY TWELVE: MASSIVE BEDS AND MAD GIRLS

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Ahhhhh. That’s nice. After five days in pitch black, cold, crapness, we are in a BIG WARM BED and it’s lush. Anyway. Here’s day twelve. (Thanks, by the way, for sticking with me, my friends. I got an email through yesterday with the statistics for my website for the last month and was like, say WHAT? You are reading my blog. I love that. Thanks very, very much.) The Man is a documentary film maker. Word got out that he was in New York during Hurricane Sandy. He was called by about a million TV companies all wanting him to … Continue reading

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NEW YORK DAY ELEVEN: A TALE OF TWO CITIES (again)

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I wrote a blog for the Huffington Post a few days ago about the very different experiences that people have had of Hurricane Sandy depending on their economic status. Today I saw the divide in action with my own eyes. A friend alerted me to some post-Sandy volunteering opportunities so I met her in the Lower East Side where hundreds of thousands have been without light, power and in some cases water for five days. These are some of Manhattan’s lowest-income residents. Many speak little to no English. Most have had a dreadful week. My friend and I joined in … Continue reading

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NEW YORK DAY TEN: VAN GOGH AND CUCUMBERS

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It’s indescribably strange being in New York at the moment. In Midtown and Uptown Manhattan, you’d never know that anything had happened. Capitalism roars on; the lights flash, the taxis honk and the tourists continue to pour in. We got stuck tonight and couldn’t find a hotel anywhere in the city. It’s rammed. But that’s not the real picture. The taxis aren’t going to be here much longer, for starters, because unless petrol is shipped in in vast quantities, they’re all going to run out. From 25th Street downwards New York is still a strange, pitch-black, post-apocalyptic nightmare. Anyone living … Continue reading

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NEW YORK DAY NINE: DEFIANCE

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New York City is having none of this shit. Even in the middle of the hurricane there were shops open at 2am. And yesterday morning, the people took to the streets. Everyone was out in force, knocking back takeaway coffee, scurrying around with deli takeaways, blinking in the light. They sidestepped fallen trees, braved the NY traffic (no traffic lights) and sang out of tune in candlelit bars. Today even more stores are open. Restaurants, cafes, bars – each one jammed with people charging their laptops and phones. There are even nightclubs gearing up for post-hurricane parties. Although Burger Joint, … Continue reading

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NEW YORK DAY EIGHT: CHAOS AND SILENCE

 Lucy Robinson - Hurricane Sandy

When they’d exhausted the stories of first loves, naughty escapades, personal tragedies, a silence fell. And that was the most unsettling thing. Not the lack of anything to say, not the certainty that there were no certainties tonight. No, it was the silence. It was wrong. Illogical; threatening. The worst hurricane to make landfall in the States in one hundred years. The Frankenstorm. The furious, cross-current crazy weather system, posing an inestimable threat to life on the eastern coast. And yet the trees outside the window were still. The air  was still. They stuck their hands, their heads out of … Continue reading

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NEW YORK DAY SEVEN: HURRICANE SANDY ARRIVES

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It’s been a strange day. At 1am I was singing show tunes in Duplex with a load of misty-eyed gay men. I was singing What I Did for Love from Chorus Line. Even sung badly (I was pretty shit) it’s a tear-jerker. At 9.30am I was eating sausages and chattering gayly about our plans for the rest of the week. Once the hurricane had passed. Brunches, shopping, trips to little fishing villages on Long Island. Lovely! At 2pm I was eating pancakes in Manatus and dreaming of clothes I’d just perved at in the West Village. The shops were mostly closed; … Continue reading

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NEW YORK DAY SIX: BATTENING DOWN FOR SANDY

 Queues at the supermarket - Lucy Robinson Blog Hurricane Sandy

Wow! After years of talking about bollocks, I now find myself writing a breaking news current affairs blog. I AM IN THE PATH OF HURRICANE SANDY. I AM IN MANHATTAN. I am one of millions of people who have spent today getting candles and water and crisps and possibly quite a lot of cheese too, cos I love cheese innit. Oh god I love cheese. Anyway, just like Fran, my protagonist in The Greatest Love Story of All Time, I suddenly find myself lined up to report on a major news event. Unlike Fran I am not going to start punching … Continue reading

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