Posts Tagged ‘Hurricane Sandy’

Solar Charge Me

June 20, 2013

Three businesspeople leaning on a wall, looking at phones and digital tablets

The first of many solar powered charging stations went live in New York City yesterday, providing residents with a place to charge their precious smart phones.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg wanted to be sure the city had the infrastructure to weather future emergencies.

He said in a statement yesterday: “New Yorkers will have improved connectivity and access to the wireless technology that has become such an important part of our daily lives.”

The 12.5 foot poles will have adapters for both iPhones and micro USB powered devices. AT&T is funding the project at no cost to the city, and is also providing free Wi-Fi, at parks throughout the area.

For those of us who hiked several miles uptown to get power to charge our electronic devices last Fall when the super-storm rendered lower Manhattan powerless for several days, this could be a lifeline for future situations. Like when our batteries run low while picnicking…

photo: Glasshouse Images

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Unrecipe of the Week: Hurricane Sandy Edition

November 5, 2012

This post was written last Monday, just as we were about to lose power. Here it is; better late than never!

Con Ed called to say that they might shut off our power pre-emptively. Around here, no power = no water.  Of course I panicked. Of course I cooked.

The last of the roasted pumpkin was quickly kneaded into a rustic looking pumpkin gnocchi.

Vegetables were washed and the house got “quickie” cleaned to ensure that we didn’t need to live in squalor during the storm.

Dishes washed, wine consumed and kitchen cleaned.  Sandy is coming and we are ready!

Roasted Pumpkin Gnocchi


Mix together roasted pumpkin puree or a can of pumpkin puree, a little pumpkin pie spice, salt, pepper and flour. You will probably need between 2 ½ and 3 ½ cups of flour, depending on how much pumpkin puree you have.

Mix it together, adding a little flour at a time as you go until it forms a ball. You will be a sticky mess. Go with it!

Knead the dough on a floured countertop until it is not too sticky to work with.

Divide it into small sections (6 to 8) and roll them until each is about 1” thick. Cut the rolls into 1” chunks, roll them lightly in flour and place them on a cookie sheet until ready to cook. If you do this in advance, refrigerate them.

To cook, bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook the gnocchi until they float to the surface. This should only take a few minutes.

Serve with melted garlic butter, parsley or sage, a grind of fresh pepper, and shaved Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Hurricane Sandy: The Aftermath

November 1, 2012

It’s the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and the most vital city in the country has been left wounded and limping.

Our power went out Monday evening, and we have no idea when it will be coming back on. This morning, (Wednesday) I walked uptown, where it was rumored there was electricity, and took solace at Equinox on Lexington and 44th Street, where we are all grappling for power outlets and hot showers.  It feels like an upscale homeless shelter, and in many ways it is.

We seemed to have survived the storm without harm or property damage. We reached the point of having to toss out all of our perishable foods, despite taking all the right precautions. We have no lights, no cell service, no Internet, no phone and no television.  Once my Nike Fuel band loses charge, we won’t even know what time it is.

It is a strange existence. Time passes with little to do. We have had no news until now.

The tunnels are flooded in lower Manhattan, and until they are pumped out, they cannot fix the electricity.  The news shows wide spread devastation around the area. If you are reading this, you probably know more than we do.
Thanks to everyone who is trying to reach us. We are fine, albeit over-carbed and bored.

Thanks Equinox. All of my batteries are now recharged, physically, emotionally and electronically. Now for a nice, hot shower…

Last Minute Hurricane Tips

October 29, 2012

Here we are, hunkered down in New York City, waiting for Sandy to come through.

It is kind of pleasant right now; low key, nothing urgent to do. We have power and water, and enough food to keep us going for a few days, assuming it doesn’t all spoil before we can eat it.

When Hurricane Irene was expected, we stocked up with all the essentials. Somehow, seeing the long grocery lines, I was compelled to buy all kinds of things we normally wouldn’t eat. Pretzels, chips and crackers seemed to be important pantry staples, since they didn’t spoil and didn’t need to be cooked. They also didn’t need to be eaten.

The thought of several days without being able to go out, or obtain fresh food is daunting, but I don’t think we will be driven to eating only processed carbs for survival.

I am determined to get through this hurricane without wrecking havoc on my waistline.

Here are a few tips for diet friendly eating during a potential power outage:

Wash all vegetables now, while you still have water, and if possible, cut them and place them in storage bags in the refrigerator. That way there are always healthy salads or snacks to be eaten.


Wash whole fruit and put them into a big bowl somewhere accessible.


Nuts are high in protein and don’t require refrigeration or cooking to eat.

They are high calorie, so eat them sparingly.


Canned tuna fish is another good choice. Just make sure you have a hand held can opener on hand.


I have made lots of pureed vegetable soups in the last few weeks, and have them frozen in small containers. If the electricity goes out, I can eat these as they start to thaw, since we have a gas stove.


Freeze zip lock bags of water to be used later to keep perishables fresh. I always have fat free Greek yogurt and cottage cheese on hand, and placing them in a bucket or cooler with icepacks will keep them edible for several hours, should the power go out.


Keeping the door to the freezer firmly closed will keep food fresh for 24 – 48 hours, depending on how full it is. The fuller the freezer, the longer it will take to thaw. Just be sure to fully cook and eat the food as quickly as possible. Once food has thawed, DO NOT REFREEZE IT.
Place a thermometer in your refrigerator to be sure that it stays above 40 degrees. If the temperature rises above that, food becomes unsafe to eat.


Fill your bathtubs with water, so that you can use it to flush toilets, or wash hands. Be sure to have hand sanitizer, and baby wipes for basic hygiene purposes.


The wind just kicked up outside my window. I’m off to blow-dry my hair and run the vacuum before it’s too late! Stay dry and stay safe east coast!


Feeding Hurricane Sandy

October 29, 2012

All of us in New York are hunkering down and waiting for Hurricane Sandy to have her way with us. Sunday was spent preparing lots of leftover ingredients into edible dishes.
The leeks, celery and potatoes became a delicious potato leek soup; rich and creamy, without the added calories of cream.

The pumpkins were roasted and pureed. A pumpkin tart was quickly assembled, using what I had in the house. The traditional evaporated milk was hastily replaced by coconut milk, with no adverse reactions to the texture or flavor.

The leftover roasted pumpkin puree will become pumpkin gnocchi tomorrow night, assuming I can see to cook it!

There is still a giant cabbage awaiting it’s fate. I think the carrots and celery can get slivered in with the cabbage and tossed with an avocado dressing,assuming we have electricity for the blender. I guess sooner or later, they will be soft enough to blend by hand!

The flashlights have batteries, the bathtubs are filled with emergency water, and the candles and matches are laid out on the dining table.
We are as ready as we can be for Sandy’s wrath.

We hope all of our east coast readers weather the storm safely.
We will continue to post as long as we have the internet connection to do so.

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