We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Remarkable that an ordinary storm could have such impact on the greatest city in the world.
My car was flooded in an underground parking garage, and we had 9' of water in my building's basement. All from flooding. There was very little rain. We still have no power downtown, and the subways down here have not resumed. It's called "urban hiking," and it is enjoyable.
I am back to buying newspapers. The NY Post, The NY Times, the NY Daily News. It's a pleasant, familiar old feeling to read a paper newspaper in a pub or coffee shop.
Instead of irritated, people seem quite cheerful and helpful. Maybe people welcome an excuse to take off their tough NYC game faces.
Most of NYC was built on a flood plain and swamp land. Although these storms are not common in a human time scale they are in fact the norm. The entire East coast was formed by millenniums of hurricanes going up the coast. The barrier islands and sandy hooks are archaeological evidence of the long history of these storms. Could I suggest NYC invest in some barriers or doors that could close off subway entrances in low lying areas or near the water. Ditto for the entrances to tunnels. And perhaps pumping systems for subways and tunnels that would be capable of pumping out more water then could enter the system. The cost for these improvements will be high but I'm guessing just a fraction of the cost of not having them. Every city should regulate the building of homes on the beach. What is it that makes the government regulators think building a home on the beach is fine but enforces picayune and often senseless zoning regulations and building codes on the rest of us. What is so hard about understanding you don't build homes on the beach? Also, when a hospitals emergency generators fail to work someone should be fired. How can you have "emergency" generators that fail to work??? And what is with all those cabs and cars parked in flooded parking lots? Wasn't a week long warning enough to figure out where to park so your fleet wouldn't become rusty junk? And as much as I want to criticize FEMA and the various governments for the response; give me a break!! Didn't the weathermen give you all a week long warning to store water and food not needing to be cooked and what about filling up your gas tanks. Geeezzz! Where is the personal responsibility???
one of the survival skills that a person learns in order to successfully live in any city is to ignore the obvious, the pain, and the hurt of others. "Any city"?? Nope only in New York and maybe Chicago.