As all of NYC is hunkering down to prepare for the storm that’s to hit, I figure I had a bit of time to write my blog post for today. 😉
The original plan was that my friend and I would fly in on Friday, go to the Dave Matthews Band Caravan concert on Governor’s Island on Sunday, and then spend the rest of the week around the city. We found out the night before we were to leave that due to the impending hurricane, the Saturday & Sunday shows were cancelled, and the mayor was banning all outdoor activities from Saturday at 2pm onwards to the end of Sunday. the DMB Caravan site said that they’d allow all ticket holders into the Friday evening show. It worked out well as people were bumping up flights to fly in before the storm, so we caught an earlier plane in.
Oh the looks and chuckles we got with the customs officers at the airport. My customs guy asked the usual questions, and when I said we were going into NYC for the concert, he’s like “You do know there’s a hurricane right?” haha.. and jokingly said that he’s seen all these people leaving NY, and then a bunch of “bozos” trying to get in. (Okay, it sounds offensive, but he was nice and joking around about it.) I raised my hand and waved, “Yep! bozos heading into the hurricane!”
Friday night ended up being a perfect evening, weather-wise. No rain, not too hot.. it was great. We took the ferry out to Governor’s Island – which is a really nice place with some gorgeous old buildings! I’ll have to remember to look up what it’s used for since my friend said that the ferry only runs seasonally… and it doesn’t look like anyone lives in those buildings or anything. The concert was fantastic. What a huge venue, and there were just so many people. Admittedly, I didn’t know a lot of Dave Matthews Band songs (or at least I didn’t think I did.. I recognized some of them once I heard it tho) and they played for over 3 hours! Fantastic time – what a great show.
As the encore was beginning, my friend and I thought to start heading out on the long walk back to the ferry so we wouldn’t get stuck with the rest of the crowd leaving. Now, I’ll have to look it up later how far we walked, but the crowd got split into two lines.. the ferry to Jersey was where our original ferry let us off. Everyone heading back to Manhattan trekked through the perimeter of the island for what felt like another 20-30 minutes! Looking at this map, it looks like we walked from that red section on the left all the way around the bottom and up to the “F” section on the right! Ends up we were heading to the larger ferry (that’s usually used for transporting cars) and it’s a shorter distance back to the city. With everyone sitting around all over the ferry, it kinda felt like a moment from a movie.. where there’s a major evacuation and it’s all refugees trying to flee on the boats!
This morning, we were surprisingly not woken up by the street noise since everyone’s fleeing the city! We got out and quickly did some groceries to tie us over for tonight and tomorrow – luckily we’re not in an evacuation zone. We met a few other people while out and some people are thinking/hoping it’s not going to be as bad as everyone’s planning for. The news here doesn’t help though – every channel we turn to it’s so much “warning” (aka fear-mongering) The anchors tell the viewers about these horrific scenarios and precautions with a really fearful voice and then say “But not to alarm anyone”. Yeah, okay.
I know I say I’m a pseudo “storm chaser”, but this week has been quite the experience! Earthquake on Tuesday, Severe thunderstorms/tornado warnings in Toronto on Wednesday, and now a Hurricane storm in NYC.
Anyway, more on this later… for now, I’ll leave you with a few pics I got from the concert last night!