Uptown in NYC, people lined up around the block to buy Apple's iPad Mini, which was released today. But in downtown Manhattan it was a very different, much quieter scene.
Apple Store on West 14th St. in New York City
While hundreds of people stood in line at the two Apple stores uptown to buy their iPad Minis on Friday, there was no one at the Apple Store on West 14th St. in Manhattan. The store still had sandbags in front of its doors, a sad reminder of the devastation from Hurricane Sandy, which hit New York's shores Monday evening.
Apple's iPad Mini went on sale Friday. While both its downtown locations were closed due to power outages from Hurricane Sandy, Apple sold out of the iPad Mini within two hours at its flagship store on Fifth Ave.
All week, wireless customers in lower Manhattan have been hunting for a cell phone signal. This picture was taken earlier this week at one of the few spots in SoHo, where AT&T customers could make a call.
Verizon phone and Internet customers have been hit hard in places like New York City after Hurricane Sandy. On Friday, the company warned that some homes may not get their service restored for another two weeks.
A hardware store in the West Village offered power strips so that the thousands of people in the neighborhood who have been without power since Monday evening could charge their cell phones and other gadgets.
The SoHo restaurant Lure Fishbar offered passersby free food and even small flower bouquets. The restaurant's owner said the food was going to go bad anyway, and he'd rather see it given away to people who might need it. Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers have been without power since Hurricane Sandy hit on October 29.