It's been a surreal week to say the least.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy we were part of the millions left without power, water, and gas. Since our office is located in the Chelsea neighborhood of lower Manhattan, Izola employees sought refuge with friends and family and worked out of "pop-up" offices in Brooklyn and Uptown to stay on top of operations as best we could.
And I have to say, we came out of it for the better.
This experience showed us how to come together in hard times to find solutions, even to the most seemingly simple of tasks. Not to mention that we are all appreciating the little things more now than ever! When the power finally came on last night after nearly five days of darkness... the first hot drops of water from the shower, the first notes of music from the stereo, the first smell of pork coming off the pan in kitchen... were amazing.
We send out a BIG thanks to all of our customers and wholesale accounts who showed us their patience and support in these hard times. It completely reinforces how much we love what we do and that we work with some of the best people in this industry.
Below are some moving photos that help put into perspective what the last week in lower Manhattan was like.
Lower Manhattan, before and after:
The famous Flatiron Building, just blocks away from our offices:
The Empire State Building shines above a blacked-out lower Manhattan: