As Irene is officially off our horizons, we'll put this live blog to rest. Thanks to all of you who shared insides of your refrigerators with us, and we hope all of you made it through safe, dry and without gaining the "Irene 15" from gorging on provisions.
We'll now leave you with pictures of brave pets who weathered the storm along with us.
Bonus points if you can shape the crust sitting atop your fruit filling to depict thunderclouds and rain.
We shall call this creation "Pierene."
For those of you not lucky enough to have the day off, Mayor Mike gave the latest updates on what's open, and what's expected to be up and running in the morning for your Monday commute.
Check out the list here
You learn some interesting facts when you're hunkered down at the station working — like there are 152 steps from the newsroom to the lobby. Click to see photos of New York Public Radio staff working to bring you the latest information...and what's still in the office fridge.
The fallen maple had become something of a pilgrimage point. Locals from the surrounding streets of Jackson Heights stood around the uprooted trunk, pulling out their phones to take snaps, even making their kids pose for pictures.
"I by the tide / Of Humber would complain."
--To his Coy Mistrees by Andrew Marvell
From the admittedly jaundiced vantage of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Hurricane Irene was the girl who threw the party of the year, showed up briefly and didn’t dance.
MTA workers were out pumping water from the subway yard to get the system up and running. But there is only so much water they can get rid of. You can see more pics at the MTA flickr page.
While the eye of Hurricane Tropical Storm Irene is moving beyond metro New York, all eyes are on areas of the city that are flooded (looks like the Rockaways, Battery Park City and parts of Brooklyn) power outages - 370k in New York State. We don't want to sound overly optimistic, but we can see some patches of blue sky - can you?
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Well, the winds have started and it's raining steadily. A storm surge is rising at The Battery, with water levels 4 feet higher than usual, and high levels at the Wall Street ferry slip.
Brooklyn writer Laura Diamond tweeted about the unusual New York morning: @lediamondbklyn A peculiar dawn unlike any other in NY's recent history. Sounds of traffic replaced by inescapable presence of the storm. #Irene
Governor Andrew Cuomo suggested enjoying one's family and getting "a good book" to wait out Hurricane Irene.
WQXR's Naomi Lewin has a better idea. Bake! And then, EAT.
She sent me a picture of a pie she made while listening to me host special Hurricane Irene coverage Saturday night on WNYC. She didn't tell me what kind of pie it was. It looks peachy to me. And are those walnuts in the crumble topping?
It's midnight, she's asleep, and I'm buzzing with "on air" energy and jonesing for some pie.I had some tea instead. Time to get some sleep myself. Irene's depths have yet to be plumbed.
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As Hurricane Irene prepares to batter the East Coast, disaster officials warned that Internet outages could force people to interact with other people for the first time in years. Residents braced for the horror of awkward silences and unwanted eye contact. Officials have advised: “Be prepared. Write down possible topics to talk about in advance. Sports, the weather. Remember, a conversation is basically a series of Facebook updates strung together.”
Here are recipes for both:
Dark and Stormy
(courtesy of Washington Commons)
Two thirds Mount Gay Ginger beer and one third Goslings 151. Add fresh lime juice.
Come on Irene
(courtesy of Fulton Grand, it's a variation on the Hurricane cocktail)
Equal parts amaretto and light rum. Add dashes of grenadine, grapefruit juice and sour mix.
Serve the Dark and Stormy in a highball glass and the C'mon on Irene in a stemless wine glass.