Most of the Upper East Side fared pretty well. I was awoken by the sound of sanitation workers processing dumpsters (they fortunately did not fly away).

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This morning, the scene was mainly a few downed branches and, as you can see on the terrace across the street, tipped over planters:

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At around 15:00 local, I decided to take a tour of the neighbourhood on foot. The most property damage I saw was a dented 7-Series:

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In terms of power, there is a 7.5MW gas turbine that is used to power Cornell Medical Center, with surplus to the neighbourhood. That seemed to be fully operational:

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For water damage, the reason most of the area was spared is that not only is it relatively inland, but most of the structures basically double as retaining walls. Examples of this can be seen with the the picture of East 72nd Street (you may also notice a vacant lot on the right side of the photo; that used to be an old ConEd substation, but luckily that is no longer there).

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And Rockefeller University is basically built like a retaining wall as well.

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One thing that I did notice was abnormal was the FDR Drive was completely shut down. This street is usually filled with cars exiting the FDR, but I was able to stand in the middle.

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Then around 20 minutes after I got there, it looks like they started to open the FDR. The m.o. was they would send a tow truck ahead:

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And then a line of NYPD vehicles 3-abreast would lead traffic, though traffic was few and far between (you will also notice that Cornell’s Greenberg Pavilion is elevated, which helped avoid flood damage):

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Aside from that, it’s mostly downed trees

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But municipal workers are going around the city taking care of that.

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Things are starting to get back to normal. The tram is operational again:

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While people are out and about:

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