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From a series of atmospheric long exposure shots of New York City taken during the Hurricane Sandy blackouts by Randy Scott Slavin, who sez:

New York City is always bright. Street lights, business marquees, light from apartments and car headlights merge to light every corner of the city streets, even on the darkest nights. It is the night after NYC was decimated by Hurricane Sandy, downtown NYC is in the midst of a power outage that has plunged it into complete darkness. I felt the call to hit the eerily dark streets and show New York as it is rarely seen.

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Hospital workers evacuate patient Deborah Dadlani from NYU Langone Medical Center during Hurricane Sandy on Monday night in New York City.

What no one had counted on was that when the power failed all over downtown Manhattan on Monday night, so, too, did the hospital’s backup generator. Now everyone would have to be evacuated, and in terrifying conditions…
Medical personnel (including one med student) put Virginia on a kind of sled and began moving her out of the building. “Three young men carried Virginia down twelve flights of stairs, so slowly, so methodically,” Cathy Rossano [Virginia’s mother] said. “They were phenomenal.”
The delicate process, repeated with hundreds of patients, took nearly a half hour, and, when they got to the street, the Rossanos encountered a line of ambulances, many of them with volunteers who had driven hundreds, even thousands, of miles to help. “There were people from California, Texas, from everywhere,” Cathy Rossano said. “Our guys were from somewhere in Illinois.”
The only problem with ambulance drivers from somewhere in Illinois is that they don’t necessarily know how to get from N.Y.U. to Columbia Presbyterian, in Washington Heights…

 

Leaving Langone: One Story (David Remnick, New Yorker)

Pic via Time