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Tue October 30, 2012
Sandy Leaves A Mess In Lower Manhattan
Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 4:47 pm
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In lower Manhattan, the New York Stock Exchange was closed yesterday. It's closed again today, slated to reopen tomorrow. More on that coming up. But Wall Street is not the only industry in lower Manhattan facing trouble from the hurricane.
Zoe Chace of NPR's Planet Money team has been getting a look around.
ZOE CHACE, BYLINE: The South Street Seaport is a historic part of the city, some of the oldest buildings in town. It's right at the tip of the island of Manhattan and it used to be a shipping port, of course. Today, it's mostly high end shops and restaurants or was, as this restaurant owner tells it.
PAUL MORGAN: My name's Paul Morgan. I have a restaurant on Front Street and (unintelligible). Well, I had restaurant on Front Street and (unintelligible).
CHACE: What does that mean?
MORGAN: That means it's not there anymore. Catastrophic in one word. The whole place has been ripped up. My fridges are at a 45-degree angle. It's a mess.
CHACE: You see that everywhere here. There are a bunch of businesses around with windows broken. There are headless mannequins from an Ann Taylor store strewn about. There's a couple up the block carried there presumably by the floodwaters, which were way higher than Paul Morgan and many others anticipated. He was nearby at a friend's house during the height of the storm last night.
MORGAN: By the time we put our shoes on, run down, the water was up to our ankles. By the time we got to the corner, it was up to our knees. And the cops were like, you guys got to go. And we're like, yeah, we figured that one out.
CHACE: You can see the water line on what's left of the glass windows here. Above my head, Morgan points across the street at another restaurant.
MORGAN: They an outdoor bar. It's over on Water Street right now.
CHACE: How far away is that?
MORGAN: That is two blocks, yeah. This is a lot worse than people think.
CHACE: Walk up the street, here's Ray Hoshoe. He came out this morning and found a couple products from a Brookstone store two blocks away.
RAY HOSHOE: And I just brought it back and toss it back in the broken window.
CHACE: Reverse looting, kind of awesome, makes sense in New York. When there's trouble, sometimes people like to help each other out. Zoe Chace, NPR News, New York. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.