The Uncommon Life

UncommonGoods Crew Braves Sandy

October 31, 2012

This morning the UncommonGoods staff reunited after a long weekend battling Hurricane Sandy in New York City. We shared our stories of terror, adventure and community. Here are some of our stories.

Our CEO,  Dave, spent the night at UncommonGoods headquarters in the Brooklyn Army Terminal, right on New York harbor, and saw the tides rise over the nearby fishing pier.

inside the Brooklyn Army Terminal


In the Ditmas Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, known for its streets lined with century-old trees, a tree fell near the apartment of Heather on our merchant team. Her roommate, Peter, helped with the cleanup.

Norma, from our Customer Service team, lives in the West Village where there is still no power. When she and her roommate, JR, found out that there was power uptown, they walked more than 30 blocks to a KFC to charge their phones. At an electronics store on the same block, they bought the last power strip and offered the other plugs to passersby, allowing for trapped tourists and frightened coeds to speak with their families. “Chatting with them and making them laugh was a needed relief for all of us”, Norma says. “It ended up being a good time at the KFC yesterday.”

Senior Graphic Designer Jessica and her fiance, Conor, took a walk on Monday through their Brooklyn neighborhood of Gowanus, named for the local canal. Conor had his camera in hand and took some stunning photos of the damage and the calm after the storm.

Sadly, the canal doesn't look much worse than it normally doesA rainbow over Brooklyn

Inbound team member, Quincy, spent all day Monday helping neighbors leave their flooded houses in his Brooklyn neighborhood of Canarsie, offering his home as a comfortable, dry space for them to wait until the tides receded.

Children’s & Leisure Buyer, Melissa, didn’t make it into work today. She has been stuck in Lower Manhattan without power but was able to share some photos of her neighborhood and the meals she and her friends have been making for each other.

Payphones. Remember those?


We hope that you and your families are safe and sound.

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  • Reply Denny October 31, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    You have a special group of people. I wish you all the best as you all sort through this.

  • Reply Donna Ciccarelli November 1, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Both myself and Jane Glazer in Rochester NY are glad you and yours are safe. The pictures are amazing. You have a great staff and their contribution to the community is astounding. I’m a misplaced Long Islander, and the stories really hit home for me. Good luck to you and yours New Yorkers are tough. It takes more than a hurricane to get us down!
    the QCI Girls!

  • Reply Kim November 1, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Sending thoughts, prayers, and donations to all who were affected by Sandy. Awe and respect to businesses like yours who — despite everything — take the time to also consider their customers. Thank you for keeping us informed, both to your situation and to the steps being taken to fulfill orders and keep your business running. It’s not an easy road ahead, but you folks are taking all of the right steps as a business. Major kudos!

    Thank you for sharing your stories, and so glad you’re all safe and sound!

  • Reply Rovetta McKinney November 3, 2012 at 11:21 am

    My prayers are with all those touched by Sandy. The images you posted are surreal. I cannot believe that is New York.

    Thank you for sharing your stories and I am happy that you are all safe.

    Wishing you a swift return to business as normal!

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