It’s been weeks since we’ve done an open thread – since the Monday before Superstorm Sandy hit, to be precise – so here we are, attempting to return to normalcy.

I had hoped to do the first open thread about my reflections in the wake of Sandy, but it’s been a whirlwind time since then, and I just haven’t had time to sit down and organize my thoughts.

So instead I turn to you. It’s been more than three weeks since Sandy washed up on our shores, taking out homes and businesses, forcing hospitals to evacuate, and leaving cars littered through our streets like fallen soldiers.

But we’ve been rebuilding, all of us, and those stories of hope, optimism and perseverance have been inspiring.

So we want to know, how are you doing? How is your personal recovery going? And how much is there left to do for you?

Of course, it’s also an open thread, so yammer on as you please.

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  • Turkeys4Sale

    I want to give SB readers a heads UP… if you havent shopped for a turkey yet the WALBAUMS in the bay is having an incredible sale on FRESH turkeys because they got a lot of them in their newly reopened store but no one knows they ARE Open. :(

  • CleaninUPConey

    NORMALCY… so want it, can barely find it…. yet

  • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

    My lobby is still messed up. But for the first time, my apartment was actually warm, it took a week to warm up after i got heat…. Am I back to normal? Never. I don’t do normal, I don’t like normal.
    I had some inconvenience, but nothing compared to the tragedy that surrounds me, so you won’t hear me complaining. In life, I’m way ahead of where I imagined I’d be, even with no lights, heat, etc. But all the same, it’s nice to have electricity and heat and an elevator. I’m taking stairs up from now on, unless I’m carrying something heavy. Good exercise.

  • bagels

    Really can’t complain about much of anything. Being without power for four days broke my daily ice cream addiction. Withdrawal was difficult but I toughed it out and conquered my demons. My daughter, on the other hand, is squawking about losing 3 days of vacay in February in order to make up for losing 5 days of school. Poor baby.

  • Bob

    Let me start by stating that no matter what I describe below, there are folks out there who lost their homes and all of their possessions who would trade places with my family and I in a heart beat. So we can’t complain if everything is not back to normal within a time frame we think is appropriate.

    Our building is getting back to normal. After not having power/heat/hot water for about a week. we now have all three. The first floor of our building took in almost 5 feet of water. All of the apartments on the first floor have been emptied. The concern now is that if not taken care of soon, mold will begin to grow and head to the upper floors. Our underground garage took in about 7-8 feet of water. The water caused the concrete floor to rise up in several places. We heard it’s about $50,000 worth of damage which will take about a week to repair. Our laundry room which was on the first floor was destroyed and estimates are being taken for the replacement of the washers and dryers.

  • Jen

    I feel so bad for everyone. My prayers are with them.Nothing major happen to me. I lost power for five days. My throughts and prayers are with the people deeply affected by sandy.My heart breaks for the loss they have to deal with.

  • Georgia

    So not to bad here except when the sewers backed up coming down East 17th Street. I was thinking of the rest of us in the neighborhood was a nightmare all over. Those people that lost their homes, everything I pray for them. These are people in our community and surrounding areas need as much help as they can. Also children go to other schools is a nightmare. There are a lot of things to be taken care of in their time of need.

  • nolastname

    Is alternate side parking ever going to be fully reinstated? People are parked in the alternates and double parked while the sweeper is going around them today. Enough already? Theresa S. can you fix this please.

    • http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/ Ned Berke

      There’s still a significant number of “dead” cars littering the neighborhood. ASP cannot be reinstated until that is fixed, and that’s in the hands of insurance companies who are understandably backlogged.

      • nolastname

        True. After a car is marked what it a decent amount of time before it is removed?
        There should be 1-888-we buyyourcar people falling over themselves even if the cars are only good for scrap.

        • BrooklynBus

          I’ve heard that people should be skeptical of those offering to buy your car for scrap. Make sure you are dealing with someone who is legitimate. Many aren’t.