Or alcoholism. I noticed a lot of "wine tasting" last night as I headed home to Manhattan on foot.
Well, someone said, "Let there be light," here on Manhattan's Lower West Side, at approx 2:19PM. About time! A lot of the other neighborhoods are still without power though.
I had been riding home in a car from Connecticut along the ever-blackedout Merritt Parkway and actually had no idea there was a black out at all. Until we rounded a bend, entered New York State and looked in the direction of where Manhattan was supposed to be, and-- darkness.
That is a sight I don't think I have ever seen before. A darkened Empire State Building illuminated only by a very large moon and all the stars in the night sky.
Oddly enough, the tiny corner of Connecticut where I was never even had any power trouble, though a flash of lightning or drop of rain there is usually enough to shut everything down.
I had to travel via the Whitestone Bridge, through Queens and into Brooklyn, where I got out and walked across the Williamsburgh Bridge and headed across SoHo toward home. Let me tell you, that buildings I never even knew were residential had opened their doors and their tenants-- SoHo trendies, Latino familias con abuelos and huge Chinese extended families, of 20 or 30 people-- were sitting out on the sidewalk on blankets, lawnchairs, even pillows, and eating, drinking and barbecue-ing fiercely. Funny, you always think you can find your way home blindfolded, but it was hard, and strange, with the streets in utter darkness.
Later, I took a walk up to the Village and both Henerietta Hudson's and Hogs 'n Heifers had generators going, with lights music and fans all cranked up full throttle and packed to the rafters with their respective lovely clientel.
I also heard on the radio that Gloomberg was booed and told, "Get out of the way!" as the idiot blocked traffic as he tried to shake people's hands on the Brooklyn Bridge for a photo op.
[This message was edited by hatches on 08-15-03 at 04:56 PM.]