The Neverending Story
Hard work and luck have paid off at ground zero yet again.
There was the potential for the 9/11 Memorial plaza to be devastated by Hurricane Irene, as one of the site’s marquee features is a grove of hundreds of newly planted Swamp White Oak trees and thousands of granite cobblestones. As the good news from the tropical storm keeps trickling in—no fatalities from the storm, less damage than expected, a city of now fully stocked liquor cabinets—it turns out the memorial has come through remarkably unscathed.
COME ON IRENE
Via Dealbook’s Kevin Roose: “More hurricane news: Goldman Sachs told employees they can dress casually on Monday as long as they ‘exercise good judgment.’” Also, no, they will not let you into their hurricane perperation practices, which are perfectly within regulatory compliance: “A Goldman spokesman declined to Read More
The Neverending Story
With Hurricane Irene (maybe, possibly, fingers-crossed-it-won’t) headed straight for New York City, almost every precaution is being taken. People are stocking up on supplies like pet raincoats and booze, the M.T.A. is on lockdown and construction sites across the city are closed, with contractors directed to remove or secure everything that could potentially become a projectile in the event of high winds. This includes the biggest construction site in the city, the World Trade Center.
The timing could not be worse, as the hurricane could hit Sunday, exactly two weeks before the 9/11 Memorial is set to open.
Earlier today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a mandatory evacuation of Zone A, the places close enough to the river to potentially experience massive flooding when the hurricane hits. Among the stricken land is the stretch of the west side from Houston Street up to Chelsea. There are a lot of bars there! But, with the Read More
THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING
By now you’ve likely taped your windows and sifted through plenty of awful advice on how to survive the oncoming windy-wet onslaught headed straight towards New York City (as it already begins to fail to live up to the hype). Yet, one must look on the bright side of things: there is a silver lining to every Obese Death Rain Cloud, and we believe we’ve done a decent job of finding it. If you have any better ideas, throw them in the comments: We’d love to see your sunniest hurricane dispositions.
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at Marcus Garvey Park? Tonight still on, tomorrow is canceled.
Henry V at East River Park? Canceled.
Afro-Punk Festival in Commodore Barry Park, with Janelle Monae and Cee-Lo? Canceled.
Co-op community day? No.
Your flight on JetBlue tomorrow? “Scrubbed.”
Civil War re-enactments? Nope.
Visiting grandma Read More
The Daily Transom
Hurricane Irene is ruining everything! Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller were all set to host a party for the premiere of Tanner Hall, a new film starring the soon-to-be-Dragon-Tattooed Rooney Mara and written by the designer’s daughter, Tatiana von Furstenberg. There was to be a screening, followed by dinner at Nobu, and a party Read More
The Coming Storm
It’s started raining, and it’s not about to stop until Monday—Brooklyn is Portland!—thanks to the arrival of Hurricane Irene off the East Coast. Hopefully, like Tuesday’s Earthquake, New York won’t be getting it too bad, but just in case, the Bloomberg administration has been preparing the city for possible problems, the greatest of which would be flooding. The mayor’s office just released a map of hurricane zones, to keep New Yorkers aware of where things could be bad.
Not surprisingly, Battery Park City, the Lower East Side, Redhook and Coney Island are all flashpoints, but so too are large swathes of Staten Island and the Upper East Side. The mayor took time out to put the city’s mind at ease with a few jokes in today’s announcement of the preparations: