We left the apartment at about 7 p.m., walked north a few blocks and then headed west into an industrial area of Brooklyn. My goal was to check out the storm surge on Newtown Creek. Mind you, Newtown Creek is not the world's most pleasant place. It is reputed to be one of the most polluted industrial sites in America--a cesspool of toxins, spilled oil, and raw sewage. But it's only a mile from the apartment, and we really wanted to see the storm in action.