I took a long walk this morning. It seemed like a holiday weekend Sunday morning. Not many people around. Some businesses not open.
Tompkins Square Park reopened yesterday. There was some damage, but not as extensive as after Hurricane Irene. The Tompkins Square Park Green Market is up and running on Avenue A.
From the outside, it almost looks like business as usual anywhere west of Avenue B. Of course, some restaurants lost all their produce during the blackout. For instance, there's a sign on Prune on East First Street saying as much. They hope to reopen tomorrow night.
The line for the BP station on Second Avenue at East First Street stretches north to St. Mark's Place. But it seems to be moving quickly. The NYPD is directing traffic there. A cab driver near the front of the line said that he had been waiting a little more than an hour. (It was not apparently as orderly yesterday, per some reader photos. Will post those later.)
Around 9:30, the NYPD stood watch as the gas arrived at the Mobil station on East Houston at Avenue C. (Photo above). The cars waiting extended east to Avenue D and north on D past East Third Street.
You can start smelling the moldy air around East Sixth Street between D and midway between B and C. This is where you see the most visible damage. Piles of wet, ruined furniture and clothes from flooded apartments and basement. Some of the hard-hit businesses include Zum Schneider, Associated, Arcane and The Yankee Deli, to name just a few.
Meanwhile, I'll pass along any relevant information via the EVG Twitter account or Facebook page. My Internet access is still out. Not a big deal. I could easily go somewhere with WiFi, but I need to be at home to manage a few storm-related items. I'll likely post again later today.
Anyway, it's a really beautiful fall day out.