Buildings are darker than the darkest nights and the stench of garbage and rotted food lingers in the air.
About a million people across New Jersey are still in the dark and cold, as power has not yet been restored.
Downed trees, utility poles and wires have tangled together in dangerous piles across the neighborhood. Transformers are down, wiping out power to thousands.
One company is coming to the rescue in Manhattan, offering free cell phone charging stations at bars north of 39th Street in the borough.
Power was coming back Wednesday afternoon to some areas toward the southernmost tip Lower Manhattan, but most residents and businesses below Midtown remained in the dark.
EMTs from as far away as Florida and Texas are in New York helping out.
In the year since Irene, JCP&L has been working to improve communication with customers.
“A river of power outage refugees pouring over the Brooklyn Bridge,” WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported on August 14, 2003.
The storms brought rain, hail and lightning with them, bringing sudden changes in the sticky weather that lingered for days over the region
Approximately 10,000-15,000 people were impacted by the outage. A power feeder cable burned out, causing the disruption.
11,000 customers in New Jersey’s largest city were without power because of a transformer problem. The power went out at about noon and came back at 3:52 p.m., PSEG confirmed.
As many as 200,000 of the more than 800,000 Connecticut Light & Power customers who were without power following the freak October snowstorm were left in the dark for a week or more.
Connecticut Light & Power is reporting customers in Greenwich and Stamford are being affected by a blackout, but most power is back online.
“In truth, there’s quite a few smaller companies like ours that could have sent people, had they gotten paid,” said Carmen Campell, owner of the Michigan-based Campbell Electric.
The recent widespread outages from October’s snowstorm has many wondering why power lines aren’t underground and out of the way of falling trees.