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    Posted November 14, 2012 by
    JodiKaplan
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    'Superstorm' Sandy: Your stories

    JodiKaplan and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Sandy's damage across the East Coast
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    IN NYC - WHEN SANDY MET ATHENA

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter JodiKaplan decided to brave the nor'easter storm - called Athena by some - that swept over New York City on Wednesday night to attend an art benefit. Her images sweep across the Upper West Side, where she resides, and the Upper East Side, to capture a city once again buffeted by bad weather. "The weather is really challenging. Streets are slippery. Life has come to a halt again with [the storm]," she said. "But at least taxis are available. The drivers told me that they do not have a lot of people to pick up on the streets. Nobody is going outside right now." Our iReporter says resilient New Yorkers are carrying on with life as best as possible, but it's not easy for many. "It feels very weary to have this second storm - like we do not have a break," she said. "There are still a lot of people without heat, electricity. New Yorkers are worn down by this. But at this point everyone wants to push through it." The weather made the party she attended a small, defiant moment. "Everyone was tired of being tired. We all talked about art. Nothing else but art. No politics. No weather. Just art! It was liberating," she said.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    There is something inherently beautiful about the first snowfall of a season. Usually. Covering over the devastation of hurricane Sandy with a blanket of white, Athena lashed out in an untimely manner on an already challenged NYC. It looked like a territorial battle of long lost lovers. Demanding attention. And in the end, merging into one. A new landscape of courage. In this post-election wonderland.

     

    New Yorkers came out to connect tonight. In the middle of this second storm, weathering the elements to create colorful experiences of NYC normalcy. Craving it.

     

    I slid into a taxi, crossed Central Park to Fifth Avenue and 87th Street and breathed in the beauty of the camouflaged city along the way.

     

    A benefit for a museum art collection in the home of a generous and gracious host added an air of fantasy to the evening. Stunning paintings. Views overlooking Central Park’s snow-covered trees. Festive outfits. The sound of laughter. The defiance of nature. An oasis. From the storms. Of weather. And of politics.

     

    The gathered guests seemed a collection themselves. Of people. Hailing from all distances with some still displaced from their homes. Everyone needed a relief. Desperately.

     

    The art world thrives here in NYC, although so much work was unfortunately destroyed by recent flooding. The evening’s speaker talked about the importance of exposing yourself to work that makes you feel very uncomfortable.

     

    The art collection on the walls of this Manhattan home and the “art collection” of images seen along the way on the streets of NYC, seemed almost interchangeable. – Jodi Kaplan

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