Two weeks ago, the Branch team was holed up in our temporary offices — “Branch East” and “Branch North” — waiting out Hurricane Sandy. After five long days, power and water had finally been restored to much of lower Manhattan, including our apartments and Branch HQ.
But as Manhattan clicked back into motion, news reports, tweets, and photos made it clear that parts of the outer boroughs weren’t so lucky. So on Sunday, the Branch product team (Josh, Cemre, Julius and I) traveled out to the Rockaways, a small Long Island town hit hard by Sandy’s storm surge, to volunteer. We spent the afternoon ripping out basements, clearing drywall, and helping several homeowners begin to put their lives back together.