“I had to evacuate and now that I’m back here I have the smell of Diesel in my room,” Rosenthal said. “I understand people need to get back to work, but this (commercial) building is mostly empty at night, so why is it 24/7 that these generators are running?”
Nearly 50 buildings in Lower Manhattan have been without power since Sandy. Even people working and relying on the manufactured power say having the over-sized trailers here is difficult.
“I’ve been down here since 9/11 and this is actually worse to get all the buildings back up and going because everyone needs the same resources,” one worker said.
City Council workers are pushing the Department of Environmental Conservation to clean things up and make sure the air is safe to breath, but Barry says he was told it could take more than six months to do so.