I went for a run this morning in Prospect Park. With winds already sustained at 20 mph and all Park events canceled, I expected to find a ghost town on the interior loop.
In fact, I found the opposite. The roadway was jam-packed with other runners, joggers, and cyclists getting in one last outdoor workout before Sandy’s arrival. Pick-up football and ultimate games were played on the Long Meadow. Many enjoyed a stroll through the last vestiges of foliage. And it was in the foliage that I noticed the first change from before: thanks to the gusts, leaves were coming down at a rapid clip, covering the asphalt for most of the loop.
There were a few other unique sights. Chief among them: Parks Department workers were busy lining up heavy equipment on West Drive north of Bartel-Pritchard Square. Park Slope and Windsor Terrace parents would do well to take their kids to see this makeshift menagerie before the park closes at 5:00. (Another: a couple dressed up for Halloween, the man as an otter and the woman as a bird-watcher. Still in costume from the previous night, or going to a secret shindig?)
My friend Michael had posted earlier in the day about long lines at the Park Slope Food Co-op. When I ran by, there were about 20 members outside the main entrance, and 15 more by the garage area. Union Market down the block was line-free; for many, it appears principle outweighs convenience.
Perhaps the greatest casualty was 5th Avenue. Normally bustling on Sundays with strollers and hungover brunchers, I swear I saw a tumbleweed roll by. (Was it reality, or just a dream to me?)
Now there’s a mandatory-evacuation order out for Zone A. In Brooklyn, there are large areas affected in Greenpoint, the Navy Yard, Red Hook, Gowanus, Industry City, and the whole of Coney Island up into Sheepshead Bay. Let’s hope the Plumb Beach waterfront can hold on again.