The Disaster Downtown

Andrew Sullivan —  Oct 31 2012 @ 3:43pm


Part of Jonathan Maimon's dispatch from a still-dark lower Manhattan:

I did not witness a single Red Cross Truck or FEMA Vehicle or in lower Manhattan. Recall the assistance these agencies provided after 9/11 – this is NOT HAPPENING. There are bound to be hundreds of elderly people, rich and poor, who live on the upper floors of buildings with elevators that are now disabled. IF POWER IS NOT RESTORED, THIS WILL MOVE FROM BEING AN ECONOMIC DISASTER TO A HUMANITARIAN DISASTER.

David Freedlander checked in with NYC food distributors last night.

(Photo: People crowd into a Chase Bank ATM kiosk to charge phones and laptops at 40th Street and 3rd Avenue, one block north of where power has gone out, on October 31, 2012 in New York City. 'This is the modern campfire,' one man said. By Andrew Burton/Getty Images)