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From Macy Idzakovich's 16th floor Manhattan apartment, she has a lovely view of New York City's Upper West Side filled with luxury residential towers and Riverside Park stretching alongside the Hudson River.
On Tuesday afternoon, that view was marred by a completely submerged park and a construction crane dangling 90 stories in the air after it had collapsed under high winds and rains from Hurricane Sandy.
"It has been rather scary actually. Where I am, the lights went off and the sound of the wind was really scary," said the Portsmouth, Ohio, native who moved to New York City five years ago to study musical theater.
"You could see what looked like fireworks downtown where the transformers were blowing. Everything was really quiet and very dark."
Idzakovich, 23, said many New York City residents are receiving text alerts every 30 minutes or so advising them to stay inside and away from windows, not that there was anywhere to go with the building shutting off its elevator at 7 p.m. Monday, she added.
"It's hard just sitting around and waiting," said Idzakovich, who added she stocked up on supplies before the storm rolled in. School and work are closed until further notice. "We have been watching the crane from our window. Apparently it snapped and the arm that normally extends up is dangling down and you can see it swinging back and forth. They've evacuated all the areas around there, afraid that it's going to fall."