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WNYC News

Subway Service to Be Restored; Power Outages, Flooding Remain

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Officials said most subway service would be restored by 6 a.m. Monday while many who evacuated from flood-prone areas returned to their homes as the tri-state area began the clean-up in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.

WNYC AM820 is off air due to flooding in New Jersey. You can continue to hear WNYC on FM93.9, at WNYC.org and at NJPublicRadio.org.

WNYC welcomes NJPR listeners.  Stream our special coverage.

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C'mon Irene: Live-Blogging the Hurricane

Amy Eddings: What To Do While Waiting Out Irene? Bake!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

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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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OK, we looked for the source of this. We couldn't find it. But a lot of people have it as their Facebook status right now.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

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.”

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C'mon Irene: Live-Blogging the Hurricane

Dark and Stormy or C'mon on Irene? We know what we'd order.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

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.

(h/t Abbie)

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C'mon Irene: Live-Blogging the Hurricane

SATURDAY, 8:45 pm: Game On

Saturday, August 27, 2011

With power outages all but imminent, it's time to remember how to play games that don't involve electricity.

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WNYC News

Defying Evacuation Order, Some in Far Rockaway Vow to Ride Out the Storm

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Despite the order to evacuate flood prone areas, many living in public housing in low-lying Far Rockaway decided to ride out the storm — even as a police van blaring the warning "a dangerous hurricane is approaching - you are ordered to leave" circled the neighborhood on Saturday.

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Transportation Nation

Hurricane Irene: Photos From New York's Transit Shutdown

Saturday, August 27, 2011

As New York City undertook its first-ever weather-related transit system shut down, New Yorkers were greeted with a sight that many haven't seen since the 2005 transit strike: gated, taped off subway stations.

A subway station prepares for Hurricane Irene  (photo by Kate Hinds)

If that's not eerie enough for you, this picture of an (almost) empty Grand Central looks like it could be preparing for the sequel to "I Am Legend." (Full disclosure: I adapted that thought from Dan Diamond's twitter feed.)

Hurricane Irene: MTA Metro-North Railroad closed Grand Central Terminal as the hurricane approached. Photo by Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Marjorie Anders.

At 11am this morning, a white board in the token booth warned customers that time was dwindling to get the heck out of Dodge (or in this case, the West 81st Street subway station):

Sign inside the West 81st Street B/C station (photo by Kate Hinds)

Want to check the subway service status? It's pretty straightforward:

Meanwhile, MTA employees installed barriers to try to prevent water from entering train tunnels...

LIRR employees install an AquaDam to help prevent water from flowing into the LIRR's tunnels to Penn Station. Photo by Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Sam Zambuto.

...while city buses prepared to help move New Yorkers out of the mandatory evacuation zones.

Hurricane Irene prep: Buses lined up in Far Rockaway to help with evacuations. Photo by Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Palmer Reale.

Even the gates are coming off of rail road crossings.

LIRR employees removed the gates from 295 railroad crossings to prevent damage from high wind. Photo by Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Harry Baumann.

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WNYC News

With Hurricane Irene Looming, Some in New Jersey Scramble for Shelter

Saturday, August 27, 2011

As the rain picked up in intensity in Morristown, New Jersey, on Saturday, Kim Tiburt 42, was using the overhang at the New Jersey train station for cover while she tried to figure out where she could get shelter from Hurricane Irene.

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C'mon Irene: Live-Blogging the Hurricane

Irene from space

Saturday, August 27, 2011

In case you were wondering just how big Irene is, well she's pretty big.

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SATURDAY, 5:20 pm: Central Park Closed, People (Mostly) Abide

Saturday, August 27, 2011

I bet you didn't know the city could close Central Park, and based on this shot, looks like these didn't either. Reason for the park's closure? High winds can take those trees down (remember what happened during January's snow storm?) Someone keep an eye on that kid on the tricycle!

Are you nervous about trees on your street? 

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Another amazing MTA photo

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Another amazing MTA photo: LIRR employees install an AquaDam to help prevent water from flowing into the LIRR's tunnels to Penn Station.

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SATURDAY, 3:24 pm: Empty Grand Central Terminal

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Now here's something you don't see every day, courtesy of the MTA Flickr stream.

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SATURDAY, 2:44 pm: The view from our windows

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Here's what our folks in the studio are seeing out the window right now.

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WNYC News

Hundreds of Thousands Without Power After Irene Wallops Region

Saturday, August 27, 2011

UPDATE: 6:56 p.m. There were nearly 121,000 customers in New York City without power after Hurricane Irene barreled down on the region Sunday morning, bringing rains that could force the utility to cut power to Lower Manhattan if flooding becomes widespread.

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C'mon Irene: Live-Blogging the Hurricane

SATURDAY, 2:30 pm: From our friends in Connecticut

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Not even a hurricane can derail a tax free shopping holiday.

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SATURDAY, 2:07 pm: Landlord Warnings: "Water Where You've Never Seen It"

Saturday, August 27, 2011

We can't imagine too many people clamoring to use the roof deck right about now...

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SATURDAY, 1:40 pm: Dim Sum Dims Some Spirits

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The TV is tuned to the latest weather and the crowd is sparse at Sunset Park's favorite Dim Sum spot. Bonus: no wait!

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SATURDAY, 1:06 pm: Or not.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Unfortunate signage at the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue. But we still love them. 

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C'mon Irene: Live-Blogging the Hurricane

Latest from Mayor Mike

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Our friend Colby Hamilton over at The Empire blog is keeping us up-to-date on the all the official hurricane things we need to be paying attention to:

Bloomberg, Booker and tri-region govs give Irene updates

 

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