Friday, November 2, 2012
Floodwaters don't care if you live in luxury
From DNA Info:
On Wednesday afternoon, a group of residents sat at tables at Foodcellar supermarket in Hunters Point. Some brought laptops, others read books. One family came with two suitcases.
They were the tenants from The PowerHouse nearby, a luxury condo at 2-17 51 Ave., a former steam power station that has been without electricity since Hurricane Sandy roared through the city Monday night.
Some areas of Long Island City were flooded up to 11th Street and pockets of the neighborhood still had no power Wednesday night.
The 11-story building lost its electricity on Monday around 8 p.m. and was still dark Wednesday afternoon.
The Foundry, a nearby condo at 2-40 51 Ave., is also without electricity, and the storm damaged first floor apartments, residents said. The building’s basement remains flooded.
Jennie McCarthy, who works as a director of vendor compliance at Donna Karan, and who lives on the first floor, said there were about six inches of water in her 2-bedroom apartment on Monday night, forcing her and her mother to stay with friends on the third floor.
On Wednesday morning, McCarthy was throwing out bags filled with possessions that had gotten wet, including expensive clothes and shoes. She said the floor and furniture in her apartment also got damaged as well as her brand new Acura RDX. She estimated her damages at about $50,000.
In many other high-rises on the Long Island City waterfront on Wednesday, workers were busy cleaning flooded building lobbies.