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Stormy times in Manhattan for New Westers

A year ago, Brandon Goodwin was feeling fortunate to have a lacrosse scholarship to ASA College Manhattan in New York City. Now he’s feeling even more fortunate, even though he spent last week living off soup and ramen noodles.

There’s never a dull moment living in the middle of Manhattan, and Goodwin loves it. But the drama went to the extreme last week when Goodwin thought he’d been dropped onto the set of the science fiction weather disaster film The Day After Tomorrow.

“Monday and Tuesday I’ve never seen a city like this so dead. It was a ghost town. Wednesday it was a bit more (busy) but it was still unreal,” said Goodwin via cellphone from Manhattan on Friday. “We went for a walk the night of the storm on the East River. It was pretty crazy.”

The day before the storm he and his roommates went looking for food. They couldn’t find any bread, milk, eggs or any other basics. “We were left with grabbing pita bread.”

When he arrived last year, the college put him up in an apartment on 13th Street. This year, Goodwin, fellow New Westminster secondary grads Blake Duncan and Reid Mydske, and three other teammates moved into an 1,100-square-foot flat on 89th Street. Although it has just three bedrooms and only one bathroom, Goodwin and the gang were happy campers.

That’s because Superstorm Sandy made mincemeat out of their previous neighbourhood, leaving it waterlogged and without electricity. However, Goodwin and the guys were able to weather the storm without losing power, although the only television they seemed to get was from Spanish language stations. With classes cancelled at the campus on 34th Street at the Avenue of the Americas, the subway shut down and debris all over the place, they couldn’t go very far.

This past weekend, the apartment got even more crowded when three friends who were staying a block away from Goodwin’s previous residence were still without power.

“Everything below 50th took a beating,” said Goodwin, who had 11 goals and 20 points in six playoff games after racking up 46 points in 13 regular season games for the New Westminster Jr. Salmonbellies this summer. “My buddy went to stay with his girlfriend and he said it was unreal. The building was split in half, the whole base had come off.”

It was a weird week for Goodwin’s father Steve, too. He was in Hawaii for a seniors lacrosse tournament when the team was warned about the possibility of a tsunami from the 7.7 magnitude earthquake that hit Haida Gwaii on the night of Saturday, Oct. 28. But it wasn’t long after that fear disappeared when they started hearing about the havoc Sandy was wreaking on the east coast of the United States.

“I don’t think everybody knew the scope of how bad it would be until the aftermath,” said the New Westminster realtor after his return.

Weather hazards aside, pop Goodwin is a little envious of his son. “He lives the life. I’m from New Westminster, I’m still in New Westminster and will be forever, and he’s there. That doesn’t seem right,” joked father Goodwin. “It’s a great opportunity for him to see the world and New York’s a great place to see it from.”

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