Noah Shachtman has the tale of how the Victoria’s Secret lingerie company, on site for their annual fashion show at the National Guard’s historic Manhattan armoury when Sandy hit, provided generators, internet and a forklift to help the soldiers provide aid to New York. Kudos to them.
Meanwhile, the NYC Marathon media tent in Central Park has power provided by several diesel-powered generators while 600,000 New Yorkers do not. the race will suck up other much-needed resources – not least police and ambulance crews along the route – which New Yorkers also desperately need. Mayor Bloomberg is the guy with the emergency power to order that all of those resources should be committed to disaster relief, but he won’t.
A parable in contrasts.
Update 2: NY marathon cancelled.
“While holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, it is clear that it has become the source of controversy and division. We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it.
“We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event – even one as meaningful as this – to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track.”