Oh what a lovely few days it’s been. Here’s what I wrote on my Facebook page.

I’m living 2 different lives. By day I’m an affluent person who owns a business in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. By night I’m a pauper who lives in a hovel in the East Village with no power, cell, internet, hot water or heat!”

I’m now staying with a friend uptown, which has been great but a bit of an ordeal.

Last night it took me 1.5 hours to drive 40 blocks in Manhattan, total gridlock. The buses were running, but you couldn’t get on them they were so packed. I had to transport my dog, so I couldn’t even take one if I wanted to. I picked up a young woman who was frantically trying to flag a taxi (a futile experience), she looked at me like I was insane when I rolled my window down and asked if she wanted a ride. Being a New Yorker (even a new one, she’s only been her a couple of months) she was justifiably skeptical, but I convinced her I was going uptown with a big empty SUV ,so I might as well give her a ride. Of course she probably could have walked faster (if she didn’t have 2 bags), but we finally broke free and got to our destination.

Today at work, where thankfully we have full power and were pretty much spared all problems, we are seeing numerous drowned cars, broken windows,and tree crushed vehicles. The latter 2 are fixable, the drowned cars are another story. Many of them are wet from a combination of sea water and fresh. When things get that wet they’re pretty much doomed but more so when there is salt water. Many people don’t have FULL insurance coverage on their cars either, so repairs will be out of pocket. If you’ve read my previous blogs you know I will do my best to help them source out used and after market parts to keep the price down as best I can.

Even the cars that are undamaged are debilitated by the lack of gas in the area. Long lines of people for the few stations that have power and gas are causing many fights breaking out.

We will get through this, but we will be exhausted by the time it’s all over.

Good thing I had a short vacation into the sunshine planned for next week, the airports better be up and running!


About dontgetwrenched

Elayne Kling, was the owner of a downtown Manhattan auto repair shop for 25 years and recently in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Elayne knows the particular ins and outs of the auto repair world and keeps up her blog because people will always need help navigating the potential pitfalls of that world. Due to the crazy NYC real estate market she has since closed down her shop and started a new business called Projects Unlimited Inc., helping other small businesses.
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