It’s already been two years since Hurricane Sandy, and the nightmare it caused for New York City and its neighbors is far from forgotten. When Beauty Bar founder Jennifer Walsh lead a six-month volunteer movement in the hard-hit Rockaways, she saw the storm’s massive devastation firsthand. Walsh was inspired to give back, so she launched a charity-driven line of bath and body products that supports local communities. Pride & Glory offers a series of collegiate bath and body products (made in the USA!) for college students and university sports teams’ biggest fans. Each school featured on the products chooses a favorite charity, and two percent of the profits from each item sold is donated to that charity. The company also aims to give back by reminding college students how important small acts of kindness can be, and Walsh is currently on a college tour educating young people about exactly that. What makes me so gushy about this line is that it start with just one person’s voice. I can’t speak for Walsh, but I tend to feel very small in the face of devastation, and I love that she channeled that feeling into creating something bigger than her. We can all take a major cue from that. Maybe beauty can change lives!
When Hurricane Sandy hit, Nicole Pagliaro’s wedding dress was at a dry cleaners in the South Beach area of Staten Island. She was married in the summer of 2012, and just before the storm, she’d dropped the dress off to be cleaned and boxed. The neighborhood was ravaged by Sandy, and when Nicole’s husband Michael checked out the damage to the area, he saw that the cleaners had been flooded and closed. There was no phone number or sign on the store, and it was easy to assume that all the clothes inside had been destroyed. What the couple didn’t know was that Nicole’s dress was actually the one thing that did survive the five feet of water that overtook the building — it was secure in a box and floating on top of the floodwater. Keep reading »
So what were people doing without TV, internet and power during Hurricane Sandy? Those of us who weren’t gorging on non-perishable snacks, stalking strangers on Facebook and looking for their drag queen dopplegangers (I had power!) or confronting various existential life crisis were entertaining themselves the old-fashioned way. SEX.
According to the CityScape OB/GYN in Manhattan, there has been a significant increase in pregnancies originating at the time of Hurricane Sandy.
“We see around a 10 percent spike, so we’re anticipating a lot of business by the end of the summer,” said Dr. Luba Soskin.
Sounds like we should prepare ourselves for a Hurricane Sandy baby boom! Let’s hope these parents-to-be have the good sense not to name their children Sandy. That would just be wrong. [NBC New York]
Some of you asked for an update on the story we ran a couple of weeks ago about Philadelphia homeowner Melissa Frost’s struggle to get rid of a violent squatter from her property. A day after our article ran, the Philadelphia City Paper also ran a piece on the case, and identified the man as Jamison Bachman. In the piece, Bachman explained his tactic of having Melissa file charges against him, incurring the filing costs, which then allowed him to file countersuits for free. He also openly admitted that even if a judge were to issue a judgement requiring he pay Frost in damages, “I don’t have any assets in Pennsylvania, so if I decide that I don’t want to pay that judgment, she has to try to come after me. It becomes so expensive for her.
Frost now reports that after two months of living in her house rent- and utilities-free, Bachman has vacated the premises. Not without leaving a mess behind, of course … Would you like to see what a toilet full of cat poop looks like? I thought so…
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Vogue isn’t exactly known for its sensitivity to, um, sensitive issues, and that’s fine. It is, after all, a fashion and society magazine, not The Atlantic. But every once in a while the international publication comes at us with something controversial, something so tone-deaf (see: longtime contributor Joan Juliet Buck’s complimentary portrait of Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad just prior to the Arab Spring) that the public at large just can’t help but take note. As for this Hurricane Sandy-inspired editorial, which was just released today, I can’t decide where I stand: am I cool with it because they’re honoring the first responders and other such “heroes,” or am I outraged because a) they’ve juxtaposed top models in designer dresses with members from the neonatal ICU at Bellevue Hospital who were forced to evacuate their patients when a backup generator gave out or b) people are still suffering from the impact of the storm? Well, I’m not easily offended (I don’t think), and Vogue and the CFDA did in fact raise close to $2 million for relief efforts… So I don’t know. It’s not glaringly irresponsible, it’s just, as one commenter put it, “kinda tasteless.” What do you think? [Fashionista]