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    Posted November 1, 2012 by
    New York City, New York
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    'Superstorm' Sandy: Your stories

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     JodiKaplan photographed closed off subway stations in New York City's Upper Westside on October 31. After photographing several subway stations she decided to take the bus home, but said that every bus that was running was essentially overflowing with people. 'I tried to take the bus, but it was so packed. I only got on for one stop, and I couldn't even breath so I had to get off,' she said.

    With no subways running, overcrowded buses and unavailable taxis, she says walking is basically the only option. But she says overall she is faring relatively well in comparison to others. 'There is a lot of devastation up here, I have friends who don't have electricity or their homes are flooded,' she said.

    Despite the damage since the storm, she says she is surprised to see several restaurants and markets open. 'It seems like it is a general happy feeling here. We are able to go out to eat, and there is food available,' she said.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    The NYC subway system is the pulse of the city. Its heatbeat. Underground arteries moving an endless life force of humanity. The entrances to these stations are archaic landmarks in themselves. Stoic reminders of our starting points onto "the ride." Now closed off by nature. A message to slow down. Temporarily. -Jodi Kaplan

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