These photos were taken just a few months ago. Nora and my husband were on the road around Governor’s Island, which was completely submerged under water by Hurricane Sandy. The photo of Aaron on the roller coaster and Nora pushing Evan in the stroller were taken at Point Pleasant, New Jersey, at the Jersey shore. That ride and that boardwalk were all washed away by Sandy. 😦
When Hurricane Sandy hit my first thoughts were of my family and friends back east, who fortunately fared well. They experienced power outages but, since they were inland their homes were spared from flooding. I also thought of Governor’s Island, which we just visited this past August, remembering the hurricane that hit in 1976 which I thought was going to sink our island. Fortunately, our little fortress of an island survived being submerged under water but, she incurred many fallen trees from the strong winds. Oh, but, they were such beautiful, old chestnut trees. 😦 But, Point Pleasant, on the Jersey Shore, did NOT fare so well. The boardwalk got washed away, along with those rides, shops and eateries. (Here’s a link to a post showing us walking the boardwalk, the kids on the rides, and having our first taste of a frozen custard from Kohr’s.)
I was grateful for our first Jersey Shore experience in August of this year but, now that it’s gone, I appreciate it even more. I’m so sorry for all those affected by this devastation but, am confident in the resiliency of New York, New Jersey and the many other cities that have been hit by Hurricane Sandy. And, we can help by donating to the Red Cross or to food banks in those areas.
ONE DOLLAR CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
I learned yesterday that just $1 can provide five meals. Here’s a link to the American Red Cross. Give what you can to help our friends and family in need.
I’ve posted several photos of the Freedom Tower from our summer visit to Manhattan but, thought I’d post another one in remembrance of 9/11. Here’s a night scene at Washington Square, full of locals, tourists and talented troubadours, feeling safe and secure with the illuminated Freedom Tower growing beautiful, strong and tall in the background. New York City is such a vibrant, incredible city and it’s inspiring to see its amazing recovery after 9/11.
The Freedom Tower reminds us of what was lost, but, also lifts our spirits by symbolizing the resiliency and spirit of New York City and our country.
Check out my other posts featuring the Freedom Tower:
* Remembering the World Trade Centers from Governor’s Island and the Freedom Tower
* The Freedom Tower from Castle Williams – Governor’s Island
* Biking on Governor’s Island…and the Brooklyn Bridge
* Day 4 – New York City (American Museum of Natural History, Babbo, Washington Square
* Day 2 – New York (Governors Island)
Oh, to be a barista using this beautiful espresso machine! My hubby had the BEST espresso ever at Eataly’s Caffe Vergnano.
I asked for a non-alcoholic beverage to pair with my Italian dinner at Eataly’s Seating Point, and this is what they gave me. Yum! 🙂
Thank you Mario Batali for all the scrumptiousness at Eataly, including these gluten-free melt-in-your-mouth morsels!
The famous Flatiron building in New York City
I think the original photo, shot using the AUTO white balance setting is too blue. I added warmth by sliding the white balance setting to the right (more yellow) +15. I like the second, edited photo better. What do you think?