The reason these pictures seem woefully out of touch with Sandy's aftermath and current weather conditions (it's snowing today!) is because they were taken just over a week ago. These days the city is not quite so hospitable. In fact we haven't even been to lower Manhattan since the day these were taken because subway access has been minimal and even non-existent at times. Aside from downed trees and temporary park closures our neck of the woods has been virtually untouched by the storm. Sure we've had to deal with pricey local grocers and a certain little man with the worst case of cain fever ever, but listening to friends who've spent days without (and some are still without) water and electricity or friends who've had their beaches, cars and roads just plumb washed away, we feel so darn grateful.
P.S. Magnolia is definitely not vegan but we were nearby 8 blocks away and I was feeling nostalgic about my old hood so I dragged the brood over to indulge. The frosting...uh...I mean cupcakes were not as momentous as I'd remembered. A little secret, and pretty sure I'm not the only one, is that the bakery itself has more allure than the cupcakes. It's humble size, uneven tiles, over painted moulding, sweet warm air (and of course the endless foot traffic) remind me of my grandmother's kitchen every time.