Living on the Street With the Good Candy

Happy Day-After Halloween! I’m still on a candy high from yesterday (and today…) Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, our Halloween did not go quite like we planned. In fact, we did not get to do one single awesome thing we had planned; I couldn’t even wear a costume because all of my costumes were locked safely away at work. So, instead of attending the Village Parade, screaming in a Haunted House, or partying all night with one of my best friends we had breakfast with Dad-in-law, went to some museums, and spent the night watching trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood.

Dad-in-law was finally allowed to fly back to Tennessee, but before his flight we had some last minute stops at the open (and very crowded) museums on the Upper East Side. The Guggenheim recently opened the “Picasso Black and White” exhibit; I spent a lot of time searching for Picasso’s famous “Guernica”, which turns out to be in Spain…not NY. 

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Last night, feeling sad for myself, I stayed cuddled on the couch with the windows down to feel the cool breeze. Around 6pm the noise started. There were kids laughing, parents yelling, dogs barking. By 6:15 the noise was so loud you could hardly hear the TV. I walked to the window and was shocked to see our street full of children in costumes. There were thousands of super heroes, princess, monsters, storybook characters, and pop stars running up and down the sidewalks and through the streets. We decided to throw on our coats and run downstairs to get a better look.

We had to put Belle in her costume first, duh!

Look! Belle made friends!

We walked a few blocks down but realized that our street was by far the most popular street around. On most of the streets though, the ends of the streets were blocked so kids could walk around without having to worry about cars, and tons of brownstones went ALL OUT on their Halloween decorations.

It was obvious which houses had the best candy…

It was so great to see so many families out and about making the best of this holiday after such a devastating weekend.

So many cuties!

No one seemed to mind trick-or-treating in midst of Hurricane debris.

Before going in we made sure to get a family picture.

Hope you all had a Happy Halloween! Mine turned out to be much better than I thought, AND now it’s officially the start of my Birthday Month! Let the festivities begin!


Sandy Was Here

I have received so many phone calls, emails, texts, and Facebook messages from friends and family who are concerned and thinking of us over the last two days and I wanted to say: thank you SO much, to all of you! To answer all your questions: we are safe, dry, and perfectly fine. Our neighborhood was only affected by fallen limbs and closed restaurants. We were VERY fortunate; lower Manhattan, parts of Brooklyn and Queens, and so many other cities and states were severely damaged and have a long road to recovery ahead of them.

If you are interested in helping you can look here or here. If you are interested in seeing what the Upper East Side looks like, just look below.

(Special thanks to Husband and Dad-in-Law for the pics…while I spent the day inside staying dry and safe.)

Saks 5th Ave took precautions.

Bergdorf’s looks so sad…
Times Square…even the Disney Store is boarded up!
Lots of fallen trees in Central Park
Right outside my apartment door

We (along with the rest of Manhattan) were sick of being holed up in our apartment, but thankfully, some local diners opened for breakfast. There were only a couple waiters at each diner and hundreds of customers, very anxiously awaiting their coffee and eggs.

Husband got bored during the long wait, and attempted to take some artsy photos.

The East River (just 4 blocks east of us) flooded the FDR Drive, but luckily didn’t get much further into my neighborhood.

*Stole this off a news site…but we were there like 10 minutes later.*

Now, I just have to add this picture of Manhattan, that shows the area without power. It’s crazy to see the city so dark!

That’s a lot of people without power. *also stolen…last one, I swear!*

Thanks again for your thoughts, kind words, and prayers. Now, you can channel some of those towards the people who really need them, and we’ll do the same.