A little over an hour ago, the lights surrounding City Hall came on. The Village and Lower East Side had already come back, and it was only a matter of time for us. The Observer ducked outside to see what was and wasn’t working, and we saw a lot of buildings, the wavy New York by Gehry among them, that were still dark. The blocks immediately west of City Hall were also still dark, though further downtown was illuminated.
The MTA has been saying it would have the subways up and running within two hours of getting the power back, but they’re not there yet, apparently. Though the subways were supposed to be a priority, power above ground does not necessarily mean power below. “We’re not expecting anything right now, but I also wouldn’t count it out,” an MTA spokesman said. So the subway wait continues.