We knew the storm was coming and we knew we were in a vulnerable area. After all, for days before Superstorm Sandy touched down in New York, we’ve been reporting about the possible destruction the storm may bring to the tri-state area. But despite warning New Yorkers to leave evacuation zones, the News had to be reported.
Located in Lower Manhattan, NY Daily News newspaper and online editors showed up to work with duffle bags, granola bars, and bottled water. Online, we kept a live blog updating storm coverage, photos, and videos simultaneously: A Crane dangling crane off of a skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan; The collapse of a building’s facade on 14th Street; Con Edison to shut off power in Lower Manhattan ahead of the storm.
Then our power went out. Luckily, we thought, our generator had kicked in as we still had some power for about an hour longer. We were wrong, and darkness came. Just before 9PM on Monday, our operations in Lower Manhattan shut down.
A look out the window: Water and Broad streets became rivers as water as high as 6 feet rushed from the Hudson onto Battery Park City and the Financial District. Our building lobby, flooded. We were trapped inside for hours with no electricity and no way out.
When the water finally receded and the sun came up, a couple of co-workers and I tip-toed out of the flooded lobby out of the building. Like an apocalyptic movie scene, the streets were desolate, cars and store fronts destroyed, and subway stations submerged with salt water. We wanted to get home in Brooklyn. Not to our power-less hotels. So, at the end of the storm, we crossed the Brooklyn Bridge and finally made it home safely.
The days after Sandy
Newspapers like the NY Times and Newsday helped get the Daily News printed, while and the Associated Press, Jewish Week and WPIX helped out by allowing online editors to work from their offices. It may take weeks before the News’ operations are back to normal, but the News must go on.
NY Daily News Editorial: ‘How the Daily News bested Superstorm Sandy: The Daily Planet would be proud’
The Wall Street Journal: ‘Daily News carries on after storm swamps newsroom’
The Associated Press: ‘Without offices, NY Daily News keeps publishing’