Here's something I know you all were worried about: how did all of those investment bankers who work in downtown Manhattan fare during Sandy? Well, it wasn't easy. From Bloomberg:
“I had to go to the wine cellar and find a good bottle of wine and drink it before it goes bad,” Murry Stegelmann, 50, a founder of investment-management firm Kilimanjaro Advisors LLC, wrote in an e-mail after he lost power at 6 p.m. on Oct. 29 in Darien, Connecticut.
The bottle he chose, a 2005 Chateau Margaux, was given 98 points by wine critic Robert Parker and is on sale at the Westchester Wine Warehouse for $999.99.
“Outstanding,” Stegelmann said. He started the day with green tea at Starbucks, talking with neighbors about the New York Yankees’ future and moving boats to the parking lot of Darien’s Middlesex Middle School.
Tough stuff. But I guess it depends on where, exactly, in Manhattan you live:
Thomas Russo, 68, American International Group Inc.’s general counsel, said he planned to work from home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where he has a view of Central Park, through at least Nov. 1.
“Central Park looks the same as it always does at this time of year, an array of colors giving pleasure to the eye and peace to the mind,” the former chief legal officer for Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. said after the storm.
But on the bright side, it did afford some hard-working parents a little extra family time:
The impact was less severe in Greenwich, Connecticut, where a 41-year-old hedge-fund manager played a family game of Monopoly on and off from lunchtime to 9:30 p.m. the day of the storm, the investor said, declining to give his name because of his fund’s media policy.
His 10-year-old twin sons and six-year-old daughter don’t enjoy playing with him because he refuses to trade properties and plays to win, he said. He beat them after putting a hotel on Park Place.
That's what I call good parenting: play to win.