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My Neighborhood Was Just Massacred By Hurricane Isaias

What a year.

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ASTORIA, NYC- Admittedly, it didn’t seem like much. For 60 seconds the wind and and rain blew like wild and then it was over. But when I went outside the carnage revealed itself. Trees had blown down across streets, trees had blown down on top of homes, and trees had blown down on top of cars. A few blocks away a steel traffic signal pole had been severed from its base and laid dead across the street, it’s lights smashed into a thousand shards of red, yellow, and green. For the second time in a month, my neighborhood Astoria trended on Twitter.

When you live in a city you sometimes forget that nature exists. You feel comforted by your man-made bubble of concrete and steel. Then, in a matter of a minute, you are shaken awake by the reality that the mighty city that nurtures and protects you is but a floppy rag doll to nature.

First the Sars-Cov-2 lockdown, then the riots, and now a hurricane. What a year.

Hurricane New York City Hurricane damage in New York City



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I am the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. I’ve been traveling the world since 1999, through 91 countries. I am the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China and have written for The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3716 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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  • Jeffrey August 7, 2020, 11:27 pm

    Obviously Mother Nature is voting NO on de Blasio’s checkpoints at the portals of the city.

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    • Vagabond Journey August 8, 2020, 3:23 pm

      That’s for sure! As are the rich New Yorkers who are responsible for half the city’s tax revenue. It’s actually pretty fascinating to watch how governmental ineptness is destroying the city. There is no real economic crisis, no natural disaster, no war, just idiots in power who are completely detached from reality … at least that’s the way it looks from here haha.

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  • Trevor Warman August 8, 2020, 3:02 am

    2020 is doing it’s best to screw everyone up with multiple angles of attack and its winning.
    What”s next?

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    • Vagabond Journey August 8, 2020, 3:28 pm

      I know! This year has been insane. Something big is obviously coming next. A year like this can’t let us off without a climax!

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