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November 1, 2012

Living and working in the wake of Sandy

It looks as if life on the East Coast has had to slow down over the past few days after Hurricane Sandy blew through several states. Thousands of stories are coming out of the area telling tales of destruction, problems with mass transit, and people beginning to rebuild.

Avon native Lauren Oosterlinck and her husband Ben Edwards live in Long Island City in Queens.

“We live right off the Queensboro Bridge,” she said. “This has been just crazy — very bizarre.”

Oosterlinck works in New York as a concierge at W Hotels Worldwide. She and her husband are normally off on Monday and Tuesday, so when they heard the storm was coming in they hunkered down at home.

“We didn’t want to go out and get stuck so we just stayed home,” she said. “We felt pretty safe where we were.”

As the storm rolled through the area Monday evening, the couple visited their building’s gym to work out and pass the time.

“We can see the city and some trees through the big window in the building’s gym,” she said. “It was really bad to watch it come in. It was a very eerie feeling. We were grateful for being safe, dry, and with power.”

One of her co-workers has not been so blessed.

“One of my co-workers lives in Jersey and he has not been back to work at all,” she said. “He is just stuck there.”

When she returned to work on Wednesday, it was mass chaos as people were trying to move about the city.

“We had people coming into the hotel who were not staying there just to come in the bar or to ask to charge their phones or iPads,” Oosterlinck said. “One lady was downloading TV shows because she was living with nothing but lit candles at her home.”

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