With the third anniversary of Sandy, I saw so many old photos popping up on facebook of the aftermath. A plethora of morbid reminiscence. Trying to find something a little bit more uplifting to post, I searched the seabythecity archives and found this. Taken before the storm on October 28th, my last photo of the Long Beach boardwalk. I can’t put my finger on it, but there’s some sort of message here that is relevant (I think).
UPDATE: I am beginning to think that note was a message sent by Nāmaka, the goddess of the sea; Leave an offering and you will be forgiven. Had we sacrificed a blue bike with a green seat, Sandy would have never happened. Just a theory here…..
Today marks the third anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. I really don’t have much to say. It’s just one of those times I try not to think about: seeing neighbors emptying their homes on to the curb, mount sandy at the superblock, Red Cross and the military feeding us, me yelling at two old lady scavengers who dumped garbage on my lawn, flooded cars waiting to be towed, porta potties on every corner, giant garbage trucks carting away our belongings, damaged stores, no place to get gas, seeing wooden beams on the beach under the sand that we never knew existed, walking around thinking Long Beach would never be the same again. It all just seems like a bad dream.
I remember seeing that YOU CAN FLUSH TOILETS sign as a beacon of hope, symbolizing the first true rebuilding phase of our great city. That sign brought a tear to my eye. Of course, here I am three years later, flushing my toilet like crazy with absolutely no thought of those dark times; completely taking life for granted. But these Sandy Anniversary events like the one tonight are here to remind us of what we’ve been through and how there’s still a lot more work to be done. So many residents are still displaced, lifting homes, scraping for whatever help they can get, holding on to that dream that one day Long Beach will once again have a hospital (never going to happen.)
Event details from our city:
Please join your friends and neighbors tonight at 6:30 in Kennedy Plaza to commemorate the 3rd Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. All in attendance will receive a free City of Long Beach flag. #LBNYstrong
I’m hearing how our city is considering an adaption of House Sacrifice, a ritual that was used to prevent flooding in ancient times. Look for this resolution on the next City Council agenda.
How does house sacrifice work? Basically every year on the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, one random house in Long Beach will be flooded by the city. This sacrifice will hopefully appease and nourish the God of Hurricane, thus saving us all from future floods.
City Hall / Kennedy Plaza 1 W. Chester Street, LBNY 6:30pm – 7:30pm
The City is inviting you to join with your friends and neighbors on October 29th at 6:30pm in Kennedy Plaza.
Come pick up your free “safeflame” candle and blue ribbon, all joining together as a united community, in a Citywide event, commemorating how we all came together following Superstorm Sandy.
The blue ribbons will symbolize our struggle through the storm, the recovery process and most importantly the journey for those still not back in their homes.
Coffee and hot chocolate will be generously provided by Gentle Brew in the plaza outside City Hall. After a brief ceremony, we will all head to the boardwalk where West End Arts will unveil two of the panels of the “Long Beach Boardwalk Art Project “Home Sweet Home” mural.
This evening is about coming together to talk to neighbors, share stories, and be one community-one future. We hope you will join us.
We stood together as one community two years ago and we will continue to do the same until everyone comes home and the recovery process is complete.