Even self-involved New Yorkers fretting about our own problems have had to take note of the suffering in New Jersey following hurricane Sandy.
Though the storm raged up the East Coast, it has become increasingly apparent that New Jersey took the brunt of it. Officials estimated that the state suffered many billions of dollars in property damage. About a quarter of the state’s population — more than two million people — remained without power on Wednesday, and more than 6,000 were still in shelters, state emergency officials said.At least eight people died, and officials expressed deep concerns that the toll would rise as more searches of homes were carried out. […]Perhaps as startling as the sheer toll was the devastation to some of the state’s well-known locales. Boardwalks along the beach in Seaside Heights, Belmar and other towns on the Jersey Shore were blown away. Amusement parks, arcades and restaurants all but vanished. Bridges to barrier islands buckled, preventing residents from even inspecting the damage to their property.
Here in fashionable Jackson Heights, the damage was limited. At the stately Mead Manor power was uninterrupted throughout the storm, and, although a large tree was stripped of its branches, the Meadmobile, which was parked beside it, was somehow miraculously spared.But the stories from lower Manhattan, from the Rockaways, and from New Jersey are heartrending. Our thoughts and prayers are with our fellow citizens and neighbors as they cope with the aftermath of this unprecedented storm, and we extend our profoundest gratitude to the National Guard, police, firefighters, and all the other first responders who have done so much in these past few difficult days.