- Posted November 14, 2012 by
New York City, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
'Superstorm' Sandy: Your stories
IN NYC - WHEN SANDY MET ATHENA
- 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