Students in Yale's history seminar "Disasters in America" keep track of Hurricane Sandy.
Friday, November 2, 2012
The Stubborn New Yorker & Sandy
Having experienced Sandy from my NJ home twenty miles outside NYC, I'm interested in how the hurricane reveals certain city-wide attitudes prevalent among those affected in the Big Apple. One television reporter asserted that the real danger of the storm lay not in how New York is situated in the Hudson, but in the stubbornness of the average New Yorker; the perceived unwillingness to take precaution or evacuate would be the cause of death, was the thought. While I cannot remember the news channel on which this statement was made, I'm including a link to a similarly-themed New York Post article, written mid-storm on Monday night. How can we compare this observation to the accounts of avid attention paid to authority in the aftermath of 9/11, an aftermath many New Yorkers associate with altruism in its highest form? I'd also like to point out the irony of how easily the socioeconomic tiers of a city can be highlighted by a map showing which subway lines are up and down, and in media statements averring what are considered to be the most pressing public issues in an area dripping with hierarchy. "Floodites defy city & take their chances": http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/floodites_defy_city_take_their_chances_ArrOJmWLbIV3xEHumF1seM