On my last Birthday I got the most amazing present I could have wished for: a trip to New York City! I had been there in the Summer of 2000 (so yes, I’ve been on the Twin Towers), but so much has changed since then. From Washington D.C. we took the train to New York and arrived there a couple of days before my actual Birthday and unfortunately Sandy also arrived then. We were really lucky to have managed to arrive in New York, a couple of hours after we arrived the Grand Central Station was closed. Luckily we were staying at the Hyatt Hotel near the Grand Central so were just 3 blocks further north than were the power went off and the houses were evacuated.
At the beginning it was just a bit windy and rainy, but after the first day we were stuck in the hotel and couldn’t go out. Fortunately we were staying near Times Square and Fifth Avenue, so we could go on short walks near the hotel.
The scary thing about Hurricane Sandy was hearing the howling wind through the thick walls of the hotel as well as seeing all streets almost empty downtown Manhattan.