Batten Down the Hatches: Isaias is Coming

Eight years ago Karl Junkersfeld braved the wind and rain to get video (click on “Read full story” to see it) of Brooklyn Heights during what came to be called “Superstorm” Sandy, and our beloved “Homer Fink” (John Loscalzo), who makes an appearance in the video, embedded it in his post, just as I’ve embedded it here.

Sandy’s center passed offshore from us; this drove a phenomenally high tidal surge at the city, flooding lower lying areas and subway tunnels. As of now, weather pundits are predicting that Isaias — maybe we can learn to pronounce the name before it hits — is likely to make landfall south of here, which will dampen its force, and its center may pass close to here, by which time its strongest winds will have been reduced to about 50 mph, meaning it will no longer be a hurricane. We’re likely to have lots of wind and rain, maybe almost as much as in the video, but not the disastrous flooding we got from Sandy. New York City’s “Know Your Zone” website will give up to date information, and there’s more information here.

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  • Andrew Porter

    I’m still amazed that the BBC didn’t come after Karl for using their graphics!

  • regularmike

    Apparently de Blasio just said that “We’re only worried about Lower Manhattan because it’s one of the lowest points in the city.” Okay.

  • CassieVonMontague

    There’s a part of Brooklyn on the boarder with Ozone Park that’s 12 feet below sea level: The Hole.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Actually Andrew, the graphics are part of the iMovie package. If BBC use same graphics they may be using Apple software.

  • Arch Stanton

    I’ve been there.It is indeed a bizarre area for being within NYC… From what I understand, it is a remnant of a much larger shantytown that once existed in the fields between N & S Conduit Ave.
    Willets Point Queens is a another similarly blighted area.

  • Arch Stanton

    LOL He’s such a moron..

  • Reggie

    The area is more poetically known as “The Jewel Streets” because Amber, Emerald and Ruby streets are the heart of the area. It really is a unique throwback to another time. There were plans to raise the elevation of the streets and install sewers but I don’t know that status of that.

  • Arch Stanton

    Here is an article that gives some info on the area:

  • Reggie

    Thanks for the 2017 update! ‘We had a plan but it was never feasible in the first place so we abandoned it.’