I've lived in NYC for 22 years, and have been through several major blizzards, 9/11, two major blackouts, and hurricane Irene, but Sandy has made one of the strangest sights I've ever seen. Tonight, I drove some friends into Manhattan who had three feet of water through their Red Hook apartment, and we saw a darkened lower Manhattan:
This is looking north, with the lights of midtown in the distance:
Chinatown, looking towards the lights of Brooklyn
The Manhattan bridge had lights on the Brooklyn side but was dark on the Manhattan side.
Note: This site is hosted somewhere in that black void of lower Manhattan, and is being kept alive only by people there valiantly carrying diesel fuel up many flights to a generator (they had a backup capacity of several days with no power but the flooding got to their basement fuel supplies). So the site might go down at any time.