For me, Superstorm Sandy has proven to be a massive inconvenience of the most disheartening kind: my longtime neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn was rocked hard by Sandy. With no power, heat, or gas for the unforeseeable future, I don’t know when or if I’ll be able to return home (this post is being written from a friend’s apartment).
I, unlike some of my neighbors, managed to dodge a massive bullet, as the floodwaters didn’t reach my actual fourth-floor walk-up apartment. Aside from the contents of my fridge, my loss of possessions is relatively minimal.
And from the waterlogged rubble, a spirited community-born recovery effort in Red Hook has emerged. Huge swaths of the historic waterfront enclave famed for its "idiosyncratic separateness" as this somewhat cliche-ridden TIME article puts it, may been wiped out by Sandy but this is one neighborhood that’s refusing to play the role of victim. Red Hook will be reborn.
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