West Villagers "Traumatized" by Five Whole Days of No Electricity Now Have a "Support Group"

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Robert Sietsema
While the vast majority of West Village residents had power restored last week after a harrowing five-day blackout following Hurricane Sandy, the trauma of being without power for a few days can have lingering effects.

Those trips to Trader Joe's to replace the perishable gourmet foods that didn't survive the blackout. Catching up on all the television missed during the brief stint without power. Where will West Villagers find the time? Or the energy? Or the strength?

Luckily, there is now a "support group" to help these victims recover from the trauma of not having electricity for five days.

I called Barry to get a sense of what this support group offers. I've yet to hear back.

I'm told by a West Village resident that during this horrific blackout, West Villagers were forced to attend bistros lit by candles, and cops patrolled the streets "every three minutes." How these brave West Village heroes survived such an ordeal, we'll never know.

I live in Brooklyn, but hopefully Barry will make an exception and include me in his support group to offer a little guidance as I work my way through my own personal hurricane trauma -- I mean, I never lost power at my Crown Heights apartment, but my HD channels were slightly less HD after the storm. The horror.

I know what you're probably thinking: "How did you survive watching Monday Night Football in less than HD quality?" Well, it was a struggle -- but I endured. But I'll never look at Drew Brees the same.

Help me, Barry. Please?

Oh, by the way, people in Staten Island, the Rockaways, New Jersey, and Long Island are currently living in what resembles a war zone. But let's spread the word and get these West Village heroes the help they desperately need.

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poonamis
poonamis

Also: thank goodness someone is asking the important question: when is trauma really trauma and not just, you know, "trauma"? 

poonamis
poonamis

Wht I want to know is: Was the community in the EAst Village more unified than we were in the WEST and is this because of EAST / WEST dichotomy, or cuz the WEST VILLAGE is too gentrified and chi chi now?????????

gold
gold

You live in Brooklyn?  Shut up and pay taxes.  You are not part of NYC's nirvana.  Be thankful that your taxes pay for Manhattan's under taxed real estate - and tell your whining neighbor's in Rockaway and Staten Island to apologize for ruining the marathon.  You borough serfs must be taught your place.

Anon
Anon

Barry, rest assured that these commentators, along with the bleeping Village Voice, are racking up a lot of bad karma. And I do mean baaaaad. They make me sick, because they are truly abominable.

Anon
Anon

I hate these people, Barry. They are troglodytes. Sorry to be insulting the trogs!

Anon
Anon

In printing this mierda, the Village Voice has made itself suitable only for making cat litter. And to the people who commented here who are without empathy for the residents of the West Village, congratulations. You have revealed yourselves as sociopaths. Now everybody knows who you are.

XavierMoneigh
XavierMoneigh

I'm with Barry on this one.  People who have very real anxiety issues, PTSD, phobias, panic attacks, etc..., don't necessarily experience "normal" events rationally.   For most of us, a blackout can be an inconvenience.  For others, a blackout can conjure fears of being stuck or trapped, of losing control, of having to deviate from routines, etc...    

 

Also, you don't get to choose when you have a panic attack.  That's the whole problem with panic attacks.  They happen at reasonable times and they're inexplicable, so they create irrational fears of perfectly normal situations. 

 

That might not seem normal to someone who doesn't experience those issues - but even people who experience anxiety know it's not rational.    And Barry's right...mental health professionals will set a patient up with a meeting if: a) they're taking new patients; or b) they can fit you in three weeks from now.   So good for Barry in trying to set up a support group, get help and be a friend to neighbors. 

 

The article is amusing, but comes across as a highly ignorant and condescending rant.  

 

 

 

CharlesWaverley
CharlesWaverley

Judging more by his own post below, it's going to take more than a support group to get Drogin back on track. Or could his intention be to get us to read his life's story on his website? "Forfend [love his use of that word]  you should actually visit my website and learn about who I am." (No, thank you.) Is this some sort of lame performance art? Why do I distrust someone who childishly demands attention, even to the point of publishing all his contact info? 

catwspblogger
catwspblogger

I had my power shut off for 12 hours once (didn't pay bill in time!) overnight. The street lights however were on which made a huge difference. I was really worried about how it would feel to have no power in NYC without the light from the street. Everything (stove, cable internet, etc.) is ruled by power and with no outside light I would imagine it would be quite scary. If you've never had your power shut off, perhaps it's only something you can imagine but not really understand. It's really wrong to make fun of these people. I was curious how they fared. I sincerely doubt that police were coming through "every three minutes." We should never make fun of people who feel "trauma" and this is really snarky reporting from the Voice.

barry149
barry149

I was not traumatized by five whole days of no electricity, you assholes.  If you know anything about real trauma, you know it is caused by a moment of supreme emotional distress caused by a single moment of witnessing or experiencing something traumatic.  For me it occurred at around 10:30pm on Friday night, November 2, 6 hours before my neighborhood had power restored.

 

Your idiotic assumption, and the assumption of all the other assholes that have posted so far on your blog page, is that everyone in the Far West Village are rich Eurotrash or coop-owning hedge fund managers.  Surprise, surprise, there are original tenants here who are not young, good-looking and rich, and who haven't been pushed out yet.

 

After 9/11 I was mercilessly pilloried on-line by the "truth" movement.  I stood up to them and I'll stand up to you.  Go ahead, tell me that the insomnia I have been experiencing for 10 days, the lack of appetite, the inability to remember what I was thinking 5 seconds ago, isn't real.  Call me a drama queen for seeking help for myself and others who have already contacted me.  Tell me to see a psychiatrist as I wait for the $900 initial consultation that was "fit in" a week after I requested it.

 

Oh, and by the way, we don't all own smartphones with data plans and instant messaging.

 

If you had one-tenth of the guts I had, you would publish your real names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses like I did.  My life is an open book.  Forfend you should actually visit my website and learn about who I am before posting your garbage.  It is so easy to be hard.

 

As to James King, who is too incompetent to even set up his answering machine, I had to take two days off from work to deal with my exhaustion from sleeplessness.  On Monday I returned to work - sorry that your imagined story was too tempting to write without confirmation, and thanks for not providing an evening phone number to reach you, but I'm sure you were just trolling for more tidbits to sprinkle into your little laughfest.  I've been reading The Village Voice cover to cover since 1978.  Apparently the new staff of the "village" voice assumes that everyone in the original village is gone and been replaced by yuppies.

 

So here's the challenge, you social media whores and gutless wonders.  Don't respond without ending the way I am now.

 

Barry Drogin

212-243-8784

barry@notnicemusic.com

ronl11
ronl11

poor babies, we loose power in alaska for weeks at a time regularly, and we prepare for it. these people make me sick, the poor pampered prima donnas need a support group? How about a generator instead

John DeBaun
John DeBaun

have not lived in NYC since 1989, was born and raised there, just tells me the west village has not changed, only concerned about themselves and their little village world. Too bad!

Victor Barrera
Victor Barrera

They should take to some people who were in New Orleans during Katrina and get an idea as to how lucky they are. Things could always be a lot worse.

Cecelia Tandy
Cecelia Tandy

Geez as a Survivor of Hurrican Andrew that so devastated So. Florida in '92 we went months and months without electric it rained daily - stood inmany long lines over and over for food-water -etc.... No Support Group - we just got on with it.

Joseph Duke
Joseph Duke

How about some sympathy folks. Can you imagine the chevre that has been lost?!

Chrissy Makris
Chrissy Makris

jesus...as a FL transplant to NYC, this was nothing. losing power for a few days might suck, but i'm pretty sure you can get over it without a support group. not to disparage those in NJ and staten island who lost a lot more than just power...THEY could use the help!

sxg282
sxg282

This is the best support group ever!

barry149
barry149

The article and all the responses were of the form, "those rich people in the west village," blah blah blah.  Well I'm an original tenant, rent-stabilized, and anyone who bothered to do the jump would know I wasn't dining on caviar during the blackout.  It's the opposite - why should anyone trust someone like you who does NOT publish his contact info, when challenged to do so?  Is it your purpose to discourage people who are seeking help from getting the courage to do so?

 

What's really amazing is the Catch-22.  Prior to the blackout, fine.  After the blackout, crazy.  Since everything I wrote after the blackout from a crazy, therefore, ipso facto, crazy.  So then there should be no support group since it is only attended by people who are crazy.

 

Okay, "G-d forbid," which I originally wanted to use - now you can go all batshit anti-Semitic on me.

 

CharlesWaverley, gutless wonder #1.

gold
gold

IN Alaska you go out and buy your generator and you know how to use it.  In NYC one waits for the overnment to provide it, then government forbids the use of gasoline to run it - global warming green religion, the government religion of NYC.  NYC dwellers are not used to any personal responsibility - the government is supposed to provide all - or there is someone to blame.  Your assumption is insulting to NYC dwellers whose reality is insulting to you as an individual.  I like Alaska.

CharlesWaverley
CharlesWaverley

 @barry149 Again, it seems obvious that no mere support group is going to help you with your dyspepsia, which seems to have less to do with the storm than the rest of your life. Bully for you for having the dubious courage to reveal your contact info. While I'm sure you are a very important personage, I doubt I'm the only one who thinks that getting to know you better would be unwise--the only person who is discouraging people from getting help is yourself. And who cares if you're an "original tenant, rent-stabilized"? So are a lot of us, except for the "original tenant" bit. There were people here before me and there will be people here after me.  

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