Friday, November 2, 2012

New York Right Now

People have been asking (or disappointed) that I haven’t covered the Hurricane Sandy situation on the blog. Well, there is a good reason. None of this is fun, no one really feels like smiling for a camera. Garance, my little girls and I have been very lucky that we were able to get a small midtown hotel room since Tuesday. However our hearts go out to all our friends staying in their apartments with no power and often now, no running water. I have been trying to keep the blog as normal as possible since it’s a nice escape from reality.


Hang in there, New York, and all our East Coast fans and friends.


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  1. Mary

    November 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Actually that is a lovely reason not to comment. Our prayers and thoughts are with our fellow Americans in NY and NJ. Hugs, from Pennsylvania.

  2. Noemi

    November 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Oh, I’m so sorry for all the people in your situation.

  3. Bohemian Style

    November 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I totally agree with you Scott.
    Glad you and your family are all OK.

  4. April C

    November 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I give you great respect for this!

  5. Soulofashopper

    November 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    It´s understandable!!!! hope you´re all ok…my heart goes to all these people who are going through this hard time! xo, Alma

  6. GrandmaDuckee

    November 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Thank you Scott! Glad to know you and the girls are ok and thank you for all the entries these past few days. Stay warm.

  7. David W. Sumner

    November 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Well said, and greatly appreciated Scott. Your contribution through this Blog is as helpful and necessary in this time as any journalism.

  8. GB

    November 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Hang in there, you too and your family. Warm thoughts from Switzerland

  9. Susana

    November 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Happy to hear you, Garance, and your little girls are alright. I think you did the right thing by trying to keep the blog as normal as possible. It’s understandable not to want to capture such tragedy and desolation. Everyone needs a bit of inspirational sunshine to quickly get New York to its sparkling and beautiful self.


  10. Michelle

    November 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Glad you are OK and thanks for acknowledging. Agree that this is a nice break from the devastation. Thanks for keeping it going and to you and all of our brothers and sisters on the East Coast, hang in there.

  11. Judith A. Ross

    November 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm


    The images coming from NY and NJ are devastating. I can’t imagine what it is like to be there. I’m writing from near Boston.

    You and Garance have made good decisions re: your respective blogs. In the meantime, enjoy those little girls. Before you know it they will be young women, on their own, possibly far away. I know, I have one son in Brooklyn (he is fine) and another in Morocco (he’s been checking in to see how we are doing).

    Family time, however it comes, is the best birthday gift a mom or dad can ask for. I hope you can order up some cake and celebrate!

  12. A.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    xo from Italy

  13. princessglee

    November 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    You’re ok! that’s great. Hang tough and carry on.

  14. Wendy Coral

    November 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    As a new yorker, i completely agree with you and thank you for your sensitivity.

  15. Simbarashe

    November 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    That’s excellent to hear. A few of us were worried when there was no update for a while earlier this week.

  16. Amber

    November 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Bravo for not making entertainment of others plight. Thank you.

  17. Dora

    November 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Honestly thought that was all self explanatory and personally didn’t expect you to.
    Always thought that a blog is the blogger’s domain where he or she is allowed to express him or her self in whatever way they see fit as long as it’s not offensive. Dictating the content would be not just out of order but also plain boring.

  18. Vanessa

    November 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more. The pictures and stats speak for themselves, but people seem to love first-hand-account stories. Living through and experiencing Sandy has been a scary thing, and when the disaster’s in your own backyard retelling it is not something that comes easily.

    New York will come back stronger than ever, though. Because, luckily, it’s filled with New Yorkers. ;-)

  19. Sunny Side

    November 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Yes i think of these people who have lost everything, i used to live downtown, I think of these nice shops and grocery, all the food spoiled by seawater and I am so sad for them. I wish them the best, hope they are going to receive help. I miss NYC so much ! Take care of you and your little family.

  20. Emily Bourassa

    November 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    So glad to hear you are all safe!
    Our media-frenzied society demands everyone weigh in on everything. It’s exhausting.
    You are right where you should be; taking care of your family.

  21. 4 Stylish Cherries

    November 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    so very true… how can ppl think about “covered hurricane” !!!

  22. Sarah

    November 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm


  23. Joana

    November 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I agree with you Scott. Glad you and your family are all OK. Warm thoughts from Barcelona.

  24. papillonsophie

    November 2, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    I am very sorry about the hurricane in NY….hope this beautiful city will recover soon!
    However, I understand completely your urge to restore “normality”by continuation of blogging: that is exactly what we did during the Sarajevo’s four-year-long siege in 1990s. People abroad couldn’t understand why we cared so much about the fashion: we bought smuggled clothes that came into the city through tunnel below the airport (the only link to the external world), we sewed and knitted different garments, recycled perfumes and make-up. It is exactly during the catastrophe when my passion for clothing was born: redesigning the old clothes and creating new pieces from textile leftovers, I found my own style (and not only me, but hundreds of Sarajevans, too).

  25. Rachelle

    November 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Totally agree. glad you are doing fine.

  26. Busi

    November 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I think its appropriate you have blogged about it. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  27. Angela

    November 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Glad to hear that you and family are safe! I was happy that you did not cover the situation in NYC. I have family there and logging on to your blog has been a great escape and as you quiet rightly stated “none of this is fun”. Not for anyone in the midst of Sandy or for us across the Atlantic who had to watch and wait to see if our loved ones were safe.

    Thank you and keep well!

  28. Eva

    November 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Totally understand your reasons! Hope everything will become back to normal soon! Good luck!!

  29. Liz

    November 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I like that you haven’t! It’s good to be distracted!

  30. Kathleen Lisson

    November 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks for your integrity.

  31. Daisy Nguyen

    November 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I TOTALLY understand how you feel about trying to keep things “normal” so that we can escape from the chaos! Your blog is such a happy break in my day – I wouldn’t change a thing!
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:

  32. Anne Bernecker

    November 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Hi Scott,
    yes thank you for your words of reality. Kind of shame that we have to get reminded once in a while about the realities in life and what really matters. Glad you and your kids and Garrance are ok!!!
    Just the BEST Anne xx

  33. Martina

    November 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Much love for you all from Italy

  34. Jules

    November 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I hope everything goes back to normal as soon as possible!!

  35. Maxime

    November 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I live in the East Village and got no power. I think people should embrace that experience, people are not going to die from not having power, and try to find the beauty in what’s happening right now. It’s not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about to learn to dance in the rain.

    • Lesley

      November 4, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      Hi Maxime
      Well done for keeping so positive!
      I hope everything (power/ water/ phones) will be back on by the time you read this!

    • Sarah

      November 5, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      I think some of the elderly living at home who have specific food requirements and need their medical equipment at home to work might not be able to “embrace the beauty” because their lives may be at risk. It might be cool to you but its not to everyone.

  36. LIZPR

    November 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    My goodness – it would not have occurred to me to ask, and you handled this delicate matter in a very classy manner.

    You’re right – I separate your blog from what’s happening in the news so much, it didn’t occur to me.

    Thank you for the update about you and your family, and if you feel it’s appropriate to leave a few verbal updates, we do appreciate it.

    Stay warm!


  37. Honour Harlowe

    November 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Hang in there Scott. You’re with the ones you love and that’s what matters most. Best wishes to you all.

  38. sanmiguelense

    November 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Bravo for once again doing the right thing!

  39. Rob C

    November 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Thank you for keeping it normal.
    My wife was in a hotel on 26th street when the storm hit. She was lucky to have power and water. She flew back to the west coast last night. Our hearts go out to everyone who is suffering through this.
    Glad your family is safe.

  40. Viki

    November 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I appreciate this so much. I come to read fashion blogs for the escape and relaxation as well. Thank you!

  41. Monsieur Marcel

    November 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    “a nice escape from reality” which inspires and edifies…you did the right thing.

    • une chatte grise

      November 2, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      All good thoughts to you, Mr Schuman, and all the East Coast commenters & readers! Glad you’re ok.

  42. SueM

    November 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Good heavens, I’m surprised you’re still blogging and extremely grateful actually. We do understand (most of us) that in times of great stress, routine can be a wonderful escape.
    So thank you.

  43. Style begins at forty

    November 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Glad to hear that you and your family are alright!

  44. audrey

    November 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I agree with you scott 100%, normalcy is always something we strive for in times like this. Us humans are really creatures of habit. That being said, I would have loved you ‘eye’ on the new, temporary life that has sprung up downtown…that and the fact that I always find workmen, dressed to the nines in their very purposeful gear always a much appreciated fashion spectacle.

    Take care and glad to hear you and your family are safe.


  45. dcinDC

    November 2, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Glad to hear you are all well. Your response is perfect. You are NOT the news. There’s plenty of that – and none of it good – to go around. If people want that, it’s there for the taking (enduring?). When we want to escape – here you are! THANK YOU!

  46. Dottie

    November 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Agree completely~
    American Red Cross – make a donation ~

  47. Kat

    November 2, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Your decision is respected, and understood. It’s just that you have such an extraordinary way of telling a story through photography. Perhaps when people feel like smiling again…

  48. Rose

    November 2, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I love the blog on the daily, but it’s been especially amazing to check in through all of this madness and see my NY in all its glory.

    Love from Brooklyn

  49. Jolie Brown

    November 2, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Scott thank you for the amazing pictures that you have shared with your fans all these years. While you are a professional and a respectful human, you shouldn’t have to explain yourself to anyone. If anyone feel the need to see pictures of people in misery then they should take those pictures themselves. Some are so insensitive:-(

    J.B from NJ

  50. celeste

    November 2, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Kudos to you. Your style & elegance extend well beyond your wardrobe. Sending love and good wishes to all on the eastern seaboard from the high & windy plains of Wyoming.

  51. kitchen afternoon

    November 2, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    I appreciate the normalcy out west, and am happy if my things privide an escape too.

  52. aboogie

    November 3, 2012 at 2:53 am

    scott schuman is a fashion street photographer not dorothea lange…. nor diane arbus…

  53. Clara

    November 3, 2012 at 2:54 am

    I completely agree with you – glad to know that you all are well!
    Warm wishes from Italy!

  54. Irena Bozhilova

    November 3, 2012 at 5:05 am

    Your blog serves as inspiration and as you say,it offers an escape from reality…it’s enough to see the devestation on the news I think…

  55. Raul de Lara

    November 3, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Hola Scott buenos días desde España, espero que todos estéis bien, ha sido una catástrofe lo que ha provocado SANDY. Mis condolencias a todas las familias de las victimas que ha provocado. Sois un país extraordinario, saldréis adelante como siempre lo hacéis, estando juntos y unidos.
    Un abrazo, Raul.

  56. ApG

    November 3, 2012 at 5:30 am

    Thank you Scott for being sensitive towards the situation. I too feel to take advantage of a calamity like Sandy would be in bad taste.

  57. roelien

    November 3, 2012 at 7:08 am

    there is really no need for you to explain. yours is, after all, a blog on fashion – on how people dress themselves. a journalistic approach on the aftermath of Sandy could be confusing. i’m sure no-one is waiting for comments on the sartorial choices of people in need.
    all the best –

  58. melbournegirl

    November 3, 2012 at 8:52 am

    i cannot believe that most new yorkers were complaining about the electricity supply in uptown vs midtown vs downtown, while the are hundreds of people who have lost their home and currently have no food or electricity. im an aussie, and the first thing we do is to collect funds in our workplace or through facebook to help victims of disaster.

  59. Gian Luca M

    November 3, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I agree with you Scott. In life I am a journalist and a photographer. You did well to keep the editorial line that you’ve decided on your blog. Regardless of the hurricane in New York on your blog is a way for me to dream and escape from a reality that sometimes restrictive. I admire what you have managed to build a simple blog and often take energy out of your images, the vision of the world that photographers.
    So, again, I agree with your choice.
    A hug to all New Yorkers from Italy

    Gian Luca M

  60. Tia

    November 3, 2012 at 10:24 am

    May God bless you and your family during and in this crisis. You are doing an amazing job in your situation…Keep up the awesome pictures and good work! Sending love and prayers from, Miami!

  61. Linda

    November 3, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Our thoughts are with you, take good care.

  62. Margaret

    November 3, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Well played.

  63. paxton

    November 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    …we understand. Hope precious normality restored for everyone there soon……

  64. Denisa

    November 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I tottaly agree with you.. I wish to all/stay safe.

  65. Nathalie

    November 3, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    A bit of stylish escapism to make the heavy a little lighter and better looking.

  66. Maddie

    November 3, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    We feel ya down here in New Orleans. Hang in there.

  67. Jude

    November 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Well Said I totally agree with you . Last year in Christchurch New Zealand when we were living through the Earthquakes normality was what you craved for . All the very best to everyone in New York

  68. Lee

    November 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Thank you. That is the most appropriate way to handle it. So many lives have been deeply impacted in this city we all love. As a former New Yorker I very much appreciate your tact.

    All the best to everyone impacted by Sandy,

  69. Christy

    November 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    After reading some Sandy news I was looking for something to cheer me up and I came here-thanks! Sending love from
    San Francisco

  70. Foteini Ioannidou

    November 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Hang in there Scott! We send our love and care from suffering Greece!

  71. Sue

    November 3, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by the hurricane. The Midwest is with you all in solidarity….hang tough! Xoxo.

  72. Henar

    November 3, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Totally agree! This is not fashion or funny, and it deserves our respect.
    Take care.

  73. Fashion-isha

    November 3, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I hope by now you’re back at home! Keep up the great escape!

  74. Kathryn

    November 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    So happy to know you, the girls, and Garance are safe! All the best! Love and prayers from Hawaii.

  75. Liz

    November 3, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    As a New Jersey resident and shore town business owner as well as fashion-blog frequenter, I appreciate your acknowledgment of the disaster as well as your refusal to exploit those who are suffering. Thank you for the small bit of normalcy.

  76. Oriana

    November 4, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Thank you for your respectful and classy (as always) decision about coverage of Hurricane Sandy! I find it very honorable. Glad to hear your loved ones are safe and wishing the best for everyone else up in the northeast!

  77. Drew

    November 4, 2012 at 12:12 am

    You should come to NJ and SI and take pics of the damage to show people how bad it really is here.

  78. charmy_gracie

    November 4, 2012 at 4:45 am

    Well written!
    god bless and hope the New Yorkers will recover from post-Sandy soon!

  79. Wimereux

    November 4, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Best wishes from London – we’re thinking of you

  80. Victoria

    November 4, 2012 at 8:11 am

    It’s good that you didn’t cover the subject, you are writing about fashion, you’re not a reporter. Of course all our thoughts go to them and we are there for them, but there is no point in writing about this as it’s not really helping them in any way…

  81. debi c

    November 4, 2012 at 11:11 am

    i am glad you guys are ok.i don’t know what kind of insensitive lunatic asked you to cover that.i was really worried about all the NY bloggers i knowand have been keeping an eye out for you guys on various social networks.

  82. gabi

    November 4, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Our gentlest thoughts and wishes Scott, Garance and your two girls and to all who are scared and struggling there. You both have such beautiful hearts I must say. We are all thinking of you, here in Australia.

  83. Ann

    November 5, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Scott, thank goodness you and your loved ones are doing ok. I finally get you and the blog…you penned it just right and I have immense respect for that. Best always Ann!

  84. Martina

    November 5, 2012 at 4:03 am

    You’re right! Newspaper&company is been full of bad news after what happened! Keep on your way!
    Big hug and best wishes!

  85. Adam

    November 5, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Hugs to you all.

  86. Ann

    November 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    My heart is with you, New York.

  87. EBeth

    November 6, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Totally agree! I don’t need these type of events to permeate everything I read – especially when I am living through it myself! Even though my area wasn’t hit as hard as NY & NJ, it was a very tense couple of days.

  88. Samantha

    November 6, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Glad you are in a safe place. Yeah, hard to be stylish when you’re freezing cold and damp.

  89. Jose from Miami

    November 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Hi I guess Scott is your name; im visiting florida from venezuela and i planned go to NY in 5 days but i not so sure about it, because i dont know what to expect there after sandy, would you please help me about things goes there? Its a good times or i should wait? Please Scott your advice would be great. Thanks Jose

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