In the darkness of Hoboken after Hurricane Sandy, there was one literal ray of light: Hudson Street.
Makeshift hot spots and power stations popped up in the front yards and on the steps of residences on Hudson Street above as residents with full power helped fellow Hobokenites in need of a plug.
While about 85 percent of the city was without power after Sandy hit, the blocks on Hudson between Fourth and Tenth Streets never lost electricity.
"I feel bad sitting up here with power," said Will Connelly who lives at 702 Hudson. The night before, the charging station turned into an impromptu bloc part, Connelly said, "we were out here until midnight."
Standing in the front yard with a television broadcasting the 6 o'clock news, they offered hot tea or coffee to passersby. The charging stations also served as a way to get in touch with the outside world, as AT&T and Sprint customers were without service all over town.
"It's nice to be in a community with a general sense of sharing resources," said Sandy Shaw, who also lives at 720 Hudson St. After living in her apartment for the past 12 years, she only met her neighbors this week as everyone gathered outside to discuss the damage and the storm.
Down the block, at 636 Hudson St., Bob Sothrer, offered up cookes and an extenstion cord for those in need.
"We have an incredibly young community," Stohrer said, "but underneath there's a strong foundation."
"People are very appreciative," he said. "All the people who have power, are feeling a little guilty."
Those residents who came to charge their phones, computers and iPads expressed gratitute as they connected to the internet with a sigh of relief.
One of them, was Bridget Acox, who lives on Willow Terrace and was without power since the storm.
"It's just nice see everybody helping each other," she said.