Sunday Open Thread - The CobbleSnaps Birthday Edition!
August 28, 2011 1:07 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
HAPPY B-DAY COBBLE!
HAPPY B-DAY ME!

312 comments
August 28, 2011 1:10 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Ok, so my insomnia inspired me a bit. Well, that and severe boredom. (damn cats only wanna snooze instead of play!)

I give you my tribute to Hurricane Irene.
(Sung to the tune of "Come On Eileen")
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXLHUThBib8

Come on Irene!
Poor New York City
Still shakin from an earthquake
A mess we expect you to make
Oh how we cried
And it was all a lie

You’re weak, so weak
Now we realize more than ever
Come on Irene
Rain wind rain wind rain wind rain wind hey!
Thought you had much more than that

Come on Irene
Up until now, you’ve done
You’ve done nothing
Not a gosh damned thing!
Bloomberg’s a mess
Tv news causes stress
You big wussie
Aw come on Irene!

Come on Irene!
These people ‘round here
Tied their deck chairs down, wore a big frown
So resigned to what their fate is
But not me, no never me
I am far to chary, my dear

It’s only
Rain wind rain wind rain wind rain wind hey!
Thought you had much more than that
Come on Irene
I must say honey please
You’ve done nothing
Not a rotten thing
Barely made a mess
Caused people so much stress
Aw come on now
Come on Irene!

Come on, Irene ya big jackass
Come on, Irene we’ll take a pass
Come on, come on now Irene
Oh, Irene!

Come on, Irene ya big poser
Come on, Irene ya jokester hey
Loser, loser ya loser
She’s a poser yeah
I say rain wind rain wind rain wind rain wind hey!

Come on Irene
So far you’ve done nothing, you’ve done nothing
Not a gosh darned thing!
Bloomberg’s a mess
Tv news causes stress
Oh get off it!
Aw come on Irene!

Come on Irene
You’re no real storm, oh please
We’ve seen much worse
Please get real Irene
Barely made a mess
Caused people so much stress
You big pansy
Aw come on Irene……

#1
August 28, 2011 1:12 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
**and yes, depending on how the next 12 hours go, Irene may make an ass of me and my song!
Edited at August 28, 2011 1:17 AM
#2
August 28, 2011 1:21 AM - rf
Happy birthday, Snappy! Loved the song. I'm up too--there's a leak in the ceiling over my bed. Will sleep in j's since she is away.
#3
August 28, 2011 1:22 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Oh no! Booo to the leak!
#4
August 28, 2011 1:23 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Am I crazy for wanting to step outside my front door for a moment? So tempted. Wanna feel the wind.
#5
August 28, 2011 1:29 AM - rf
Maybe you should use a leash to tie yourself down. (oooh that sounds dirty!)
Edited at August 28, 2011 1:29 AM
#6
August 28, 2011 1:30 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
ROFL!!! I just wanna stick my head out the door! winds are supposed to only be at about 25mph right now. not too bad!
#7
August 28, 2011 1:34 AM - rf
Hey, why not?
#8
August 28, 2011 1:37 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
i now have cats on me. sigh...i guess they don't want me to go out. booo! i'll wait until they move. guess i'll try to doze for a bit. chat with ya later! and hope your leak doesn't get any worse!
Edited at August 28, 2011 1:37 AM
#9
August 28, 2011 1:56 AM - rf
ok, sweet birthday dreams!
Edited at August 28, 2011 1:56 AM
#10
August 28, 2011 5:58 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
ah, now we are getting the real winds. perhaps once an hour i've heard a car go by. where the eff are they going and why? how odd.
#11
August 28, 2011 6:31 AM - Not_Logged_In
Anonymous: good morning. happy birthday. I still have power upstate.
#12
August 28, 2011 6:32 AM - petebklyn
oops- forgot to sign in
Edited at August 28, 2011 6:32 AM
#13
August 28, 2011 6:56 AM - BoerumHillScott
Happy birthday Snappy and Cobble.

Looking at Atlantic Avenue from my apartment, there is a garbage can on it's side and a small tree limb in the street.
Neither the wind nor rain are bad at all right now.
Edited at August 28, 2011 6:56 AM
#14
August 28, 2011 7:02 AM - petebklyn
pouring up near Kingston.....trees are swaying.
Edited at August 28, 2011 7:02 AM
#15
August 28, 2011 7:06 AM - WonTon
HB Cobbs and Snaps!

Lotta rain last night, gentle wind now. But really no biggee.

I've experienced wilder thunderstorms here than this.

Wonder if that 8am "storm surge" is going to send the river rushing into Lower Manhattan as Bloomberg warned.

Not.


Edited at August 28, 2011 7:06 AM
#16
August 28, 2011 7:26 AM - BoerumHillScott
I'm sure there will be some localized flooding due to the rains, and a few areas right on the water will get some surge, but I don't see any massive flooding of developing areas happening.

I think the reaction to this storm does raise some interesting issues about how we as a society categorize and evaluate risk.
From Maryland to Massachusetts all government officials seem to be working under the assumption that the wost rain, wind, and surge scientifically possible will happen.
Edited at August 28, 2011 7:26 AM
#17
August 28, 2011 7:29 AM - dibs
GM, all. How much rain have you had and how bad are the winds????


Unfortunately our favoriye bar on the water closed last night so we ate at the Squeeling Pig and then went to a few other bars.

Right now we've still had almost no rain and winds are 25-30 mph. Just went out and bought bread and chips for sandwiches and freshly baked bagels with salmon & cream cheese
Edited at August 28, 2011 7:32 AM
#18
August 28, 2011 7:31 AM - dibs
I agree with Minard's assessment of the reaction by authorities that he posted yesterday.


#19
August 28, 2011 7:35 AM - dibs
Gonna go walk on the beach around high tide if it's not raining too hard
Edited at August 28, 2011 7:35 AM
#20
August 28, 2011 7:36 AM - dibs
So what time did the subways shutdown???
Edited at August 28, 2011 7:46 AM
#21
August 28, 2011 7:48 AM - WonTon
The subways shut down at noon yesterday, along with all the busses.

BHS, you're right. We need some scientific standards put in place for our storm emergency actions. What we've got now is a politically-influenced decision making system.

In Hong Kong, there is a fixed protocol for dealing with typhoons. There's an 8 step scale, with standard procedures linked to each step. The decisions are made by the Hong Kong Observatory, not the politicians. It all works very well and has for more than 50 years.
#22
August 28, 2011 7:49 AM - BoerumHillScott
The general plan for the subways was that the last run each train made was the one that started around noon. Some shuttle trains from the Rockaways were run later to help people get out.

In theory the buses also followed the same plan, although I saw a B63 picking up passengers around 2:00 that probably stated its run at 1:45.
#23
August 28, 2011 7:53 AM - WonTon
From the NYT City Blog, 7:47 am:

Christopher Gilbride, a spokesman for the city's Office of Emergency Management, said that "things look better than we anticipated."

"The storm seems less organized, and the storm is moving quicker than we thought," he said, explaining that if the storm moves quickly it could also pass quickly, possibly resulting in less damage.

Mr. Gilbride said that a storm surge of about four feet is expected shortly in the waters around the Battery. That is a smaller storm surge than city officials previously feared, he said.

LaGuardia airport has sustained winds of 52 miles per hour, he said.
#24
August 28, 2011 7:54 AM - BoerumHillScott
A couple of smaller web sites I read are offline. I wonder if it because of power outages.

For those curious, this site is hosted at a data center in Boston that claims to have battery and generator backups.
#25
August 28, 2011 7:54 AM - dibs
I think the biggest backlash will be over the mandatory evacuations. This isn't the Jersey shore where everyone has a car. How do you evacuate with no buses and subways. More than a few people at both the state & city level weren't thinking.
#26
August 28, 2011 7:54 AM - WonTon
Total rainfall=4 inches.
Storm surge=4 feet max
Highest wind=52 mph

And for this we closed down NYC for, effectively, 3 days?
#27
August 28, 2011 7:56 AM - dibs
Boston on the very far eastern edge of the hurricane. I get Boston stations here in P-Town
Edited at August 28, 2011 7:56 AM
#28
August 28, 2011 7:56 AM - dibs
You've only had 4" so far????
#29
August 28, 2011 8:00 AM - cobblehiller
*****HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SNAPPY!!!*****

GM.

The old oak tree in the back yard seems to have lost a small branch, but is otherwise fine. Watching it sway pretty good here.


#30
August 28, 2011 8:01 AM - dibs
GM, Cobble. Happy Birthday. You too Snappy!!!!
Edited at August 28, 2011 8:01 AM
#31
August 28, 2011 8:01 AM - BoerumHillScott
From what I've read, we've already had 4.5 - 6 inches of rain in the last 24 hours, and can expect another 2-4.
That's enough to cause localized flooding, but certainly not enough to shut down the city.

Throughout the afternoon yesterday, I saw corrections buses picking up people on the streets, presumably to take them to shelters.

The coordination between the city and the MTA on evacuation times and system shutdown times seems non existent.
When Bloomberg gave his press conferences, no one from the MTA was present, and he could not answer any MTA related questions.
Edited at August 28, 2011 8:01 AM
#32
August 28, 2011 8:03 AM - cobblehiller
Thanks, DIBS. How was the drive up? You guys gonna be ok?
#33
August 28, 2011 8:04 AM - dibs
I've got a lot of oaks here and pines as well. Many of the pines are in tough shape because of some sort of boarer beetle. I just pray my front bow window isn't damaged
Edited at August 28, 2011 8:04 AM
#34
August 28, 2011 8:05 AM - BoerumHillScott
According to the Times, rainfall for the prior 24 hours at 6:51 am:
Newark: 7.16
Central Park: 5.82
JFK: 4.78

At my apartment, we have had a steady but not heavy rain since then.
#35
August 28, 2011 8:06 AM - dibs
Cobble...ran into a few pockets of VERY heavy rain while driving but, other than that, traffic wasn't bad. Town here is dead. Ferries not operating
Edited at August 28, 2011 8:06 AM
#36
August 28, 2011 8:07 AM - cobblehiller
Super sweet house, DIBS!
#37
August 28, 2011 8:07 AM - dibs
Official forecast says eye of storm in Brooklyn in next few hours!!!!!
#38
August 28, 2011 8:08 AM - cobblehiller
Heavy rain can be really scary on the road, me no likey.

Hope the storm doesn't make too much of a mess for you. And maybe Monday/Tues. you'll be out on the water in the boat!
#39
August 28, 2011 8:09 AM - dibs
Would love to have you up, Cobble. Probably will have to wait until I retire. :(
Edited at August 28, 2011 8:09 AM
#40
August 28, 2011 8:09 AM - dibs
Yes, it was scary at times....down to 20 mph during parts of it. Incredibly I saw no accidents
Edited at August 28, 2011 8:09 AM
#41
August 28, 2011 8:09 AM - WonTon
Bummer. The lovely old linden tree in front of my building fell down. It's the third tree to fall this year on my block.

The fookers in my building insisted on widening the tree pit this year. I wonder if that weakened the tree and helped it fall. The earth in the tree pit was really saturated from the rains last week and this.

I'm very sad. Without the tall leafy tree there, the stoop of my building feels really naked.
#42
August 28, 2011 8:13 AM - dibs
The cats LOVE the bow window
Edited at August 28, 2011 8:13 AM
#43
August 28, 2011 8:15 AM - etson
CNN showing some flooding in Sheepshead Bay and Long Beach LI and making a big deal about the East River starting to lap slightly on to the path near South St Seaport.
Overall the reporters sound rather bored & disappointed at this point.
Edited at August 28, 2011 8:15 AM
#44
August 28, 2011 8:19 AM - BoerumHillScott
I have not turned on the TV yet because everyone else is still sleeping, but several of the reporters yesterday seemed pretty loopy, probably from a combo of sleep deprivation and drugs to counter the sleep deprivation.
Edited at August 28, 2011 8:19 AM
#45
August 28, 2011 8:21 AM - etson
Oh, and Happy Birthday Cobble and Snappy!!!
#46
August 28, 2011 8:24 AM - BoerumHillScott
It looks like the Dunkin Donuts across the street from me is still open.
I wonder how much business they are getting this morning.
#47
August 28, 2011 8:25 AM - dibs
The media has really sounded ridiculous and continue to do so. They seem to be grasping at the smallest of things to make this look worse than it is. Just seeing video of Long Beach and waves are not really all that high.

72,000 people in NYC without power and 280,000 on Long Island.
#48
August 28, 2011 8:26 AM - dibs
DANGER, DANGER, BEWARE, CUIDADO


Just heard that FEMA is on the ground in NYC!!!!!
Edited at August 28, 2011 8:26 AM
#49
August 28, 2011 8:43 AM - CGar
Cobble, Snappy, Happy Birthdays!! Here's your damn cake. It was delicious.
Edited at August 28, 2011 8:43 AM
#50
August 28, 2011 8:44 AM - CGar
PS, Arkady gets ALL the credit for the punny Birthday message. I was merely the help.
#51
August 28, 2011 8:45 AM - Arkady
H.B.! Snaps & CHiller!
Park Slope weather guy says we got just under 3 inches yesterday & just under 7 so far since midnight. He agrees about wind - peaks at 51 mph.
WonTon - It was probably the City that enlarged the tree pit - they did them all over. Lindens are vulnerable - I lost mine in the tornado last year. Put in a claim via 311 a.s.a.p. & you may get a new tree before winter.
#52
August 28, 2011 8:52 AM - BoerumHillScott
I just saw an NYPD tow truck remove a car parked at the bus stop across the street. I guess they were bored because there are no cars to rescue from flooding.
On the other hand, I have no idea why the idiot chose to park there. There are only 2 other cars parked on the entire block.
Edited at August 28, 2011 8:52 AM
#53
August 28, 2011 8:53 AM - cobblehiller
"DANGER, DANGER, BEWARE, CUIDADO
Just heard that FEMA is on the ground in NYC!"

Snort!
#54
August 28, 2011 8:54 AM - sixyearsandcounting
good morning, all. the downstairs neighbor yelling at her kids is louder and stronger than this storm.
#55
August 28, 2011 8:56 AM - cobblehiller
"Cobble, Snappy, Happy Birthdays!! Here's your damn cake. It was delicious."

Wow, thanks CGar, I am sorry I wasn't there.

Turns out, Snappy and I were sort of simultaneously experiencing our own separate sh*tstorms.

Arkady does get extra credit for the punnage — Well done!
#56
August 28, 2011 8:57 AM - Arkady
Did anyone get delivery of the Times today?
Edited at August 28, 2011 8:57 AM
#57
August 28, 2011 8:57 AM - cobblehiller
Thanks, Arkady, thanks, etson! So far, it's a very cozy morning with BH.
Edited at August 28, 2011 8:57 AM
#58
August 28, 2011 8:59 AM - sixyearsandcounting
oh yeah - happy bday, cobble and snaps!! and what a present nature's giving you two...
#59
August 28, 2011 9:03 AM - cobblehiller
Yesterday I told Snaps that it has been decreed that all August 28th birthdays get DO-OVERS! : P

We're going to pick a different day and go out, drink up and have a blast!
#60
August 28, 2011 9:03 AM - Donatella
This rain is nothing compared to what we got a couple of weeks ago. The volume and force is
much less and the winds are not so bad. Not a drop of water in my house. However, the bough
I was worried about on my huge tree landed my neighbor's yard as I feared. It doesn't look like
it hit anything. Dead limbs are scattered along my street from what I can see. Nice house, dibs
and Happy Birthday Cobble/snaps.

#61
August 28, 2011 9:08 AM - cobblehiller
I'm just anxious to see what happens after the eye moves over us and the tail starts spewing back at us from the West. That oak tree is awful close to CGar's deck.

Thanks, 6, thanks, dona.
Edited at August 28, 2011 9:08 AM
#62
August 28, 2011 9:14 AM - WonTon
Thanks for the tip Arkady. No, the city didn't widen our tree pit, the gardening Nazis in my building pushed to have a new sidewalk and a larger tree pit put in so they could plant it with flowers. There's a guy in my building obsessed with having my block win the Botanic Garden's "Greenest Block" contest. I am thinking that the stress of the new sidewalk installation and pit weakened the roots just enough so that this rainy patch caused it to topple. The wind here has not been strong enough to do that.

I'm so sad. In June that linden was so fragrant.
#63
August 28, 2011 9:15 AM - sixyearsandcounting
We all have something to look forward to! Hurricanes contribute to the growth of (ahem) certain types of mushrooms...
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/27/hurricane-irene-mushrooms_n_938423.html?ref=fb&src=sp#sb=1108812,b=facebook

Weirdest sentence in the article: ""Mushrooms are likely to pop up in locations where bark is used for decorative landscaping, like industrial parks and government offices...."
Edited at August 28, 2011 9:15 AM
#64
August 28, 2011 9:16 AM - Arkady
Eye is supposedly drawing the end of the storm w/ it more quickly than usual according to CBS.
My grape was torn off its trellis - looks o.k. though.
#65
August 28, 2011 9:17 AM - cobblehiller
DIBS, Did I ever tell you that my parents used to go to P-town, in the late 50s/early 60s? I have some great old photos of them/us there. They were friends with a bunch of jazz musicians that used to hang out there. Very bohemian group. I love the clothes they both wore. And my dad had a great beard, he looks so happy and chilled out.
#66
August 28, 2011 9:17 AM - dibs
Yes, mushrooms grow very well in mulched areas after lots of rain like the past month.

Do not eat mushrooms without a knowledgeable guide; and I don't mean a book
Edited at August 28, 2011 9:24 AM
#67
August 28, 2011 9:24 AM - gemini10
Happy Bday you two!
Dibs - your house is adorable and love the cat photos
unfortunately we have a leak in one of our bedroom ceilings and other neighbors just reported leaks in their ceilings as well...figuring a drain from the roof or someone's terrace is either clogged up or faulty...
Anyone know what to do?
#68
August 28, 2011 9:25 AM - BoerumHillScott
It has been downgraded to a tropical storm now.
No big shock.
Expect a bit more local flooding and a few more trees down, but no real damage.
#69
August 28, 2011 9:30 AM - dibs
Sorry to hear that, gem. Sounds like 2 different issues. Even if drains back up, roof shouldn't be leaking.
Edited at August 28, 2011 9:30 AM
#70
August 28, 2011 9:32 AM - dibs
Basement flooded in Bucks. At least I knew enought to remove the dehumidifier
#71
August 28, 2011 9:33 AM - DeadCatBounce
Opened my windows to take advantage of the wonderful fresh breeze!!!

Psylocybe Cubensis will not occur naturally in the North East. It is very easy to recognize, though.
#72
August 28, 2011 9:34 AM - gemini10
Dibs - we are on the 3rd floor, there are 2 floors above us and then the roof, my next door neighbors have leaks as well as the first floor neighbors.
Who do you call to fix that sort of thing???
#73
August 28, 2011 9:35 AM - gemini10
OH and the leak tripped the breakers or burned out the electrical in our bedroom
Edited at August 28, 2011 9:35 AM
#74
August 28, 2011 9:36 AM - BoerumHillScott
Sorry gem10 and dibs.
#75
August 28, 2011 9:39 AM - dibs
Sounds like it could be coming in through the brickwork if this is not an attached house, otherwise if it is a rowhouse, the leak is through the parapet if two houses sharing it are experiencing it.
Edited at August 28, 2011 9:39 AM
#76
August 28, 2011 9:40 AM - cobblehiller
Ouch, sorry to hear that, Gem. Prolly nothing to be done until the storm passes, no?
#77
August 28, 2011 9:41 AM - gemini10
Dibs - remember I live in a "new build" condo
I have buckets collecting all the various drips - will the leak subside once the rain lets up? sorry to sound dumb!
Also - who do I call to repair the leaks, am afraid the ceiling will look damaged!
#78
August 28, 2011 9:41 AM - cobblehiller
If you're up on the Cape, how do you know it's flooded, DIBS?
#79
August 28, 2011 9:42 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
uh nice telescope in that picture dave.. peeping tom much?

*rob*

#80
August 28, 2011 9:43 AM - dibs
Spoke with my neighbors. There's a key to get in my back door inside the weber in case you ever find yourself in the vicinity.


gem...I was going to post in the brownstoner Forum that this storm would be a test of any new construction!!!!!
Edited at August 28, 2011 9:43 AM
#81
August 28, 2011 9:45 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
and so my song holds true. irene is but a pansy. mornin' losers!
Edited at August 28, 2011 9:45 AM
#82
August 28, 2011 9:46 AM - Bedstuymaven
Happy Birthday Ladies.
#83
August 28, 2011 9:46 AM - gemini10
Dibs - feel free to use me as an example!! - at least 3 out of 10 apartments in our building are experiencing leaks. However the windows were sealed very well and not a leak in any of the windows.... am just so curious as to where this leak could be coming from!
#84
August 28, 2011 9:46 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
thanks :-)
Edited at August 28, 2011 9:46 AM
#85
August 28, 2011 9:47 AM - dibs
Lights flickering here...TV just went off but power still on. Not optimistic
Edited at August 28, 2011 9:47 AM
#86
August 28, 2011 9:47 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
stores around me are open as if this were nothing more than a typical rainy sunday. any word on when they will bring the subways back up?
Edited at August 28, 2011 9:47 AM
#87
August 28, 2011 9:47 AM - BoerumHillScott
My new construction seems quite watertight.

Gem10, nothing really to be done until after the storm passes, but take plenty of pictures to document.
After, contact the super/maintenance contact/condo board

The leaks will stop after the rain does, although there could be a delay depending on what path the water is taking and how much is backed up.
#88
August 28, 2011 9:48 AM - cobblehiller
GM, Snaps! *****Happy Birthday!!!*****
#89
August 28, 2011 9:49 AM - cobblehiller
"Lights flickering here...TV just went off but power still on. Not optimistic"

Ooh, I don't like that!
Edited at August 28, 2011 9:49 AM
#90
August 28, 2011 9:50 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Mornin' Cobbly! Happy B-day to you too!
#91
August 28, 2011 9:51 AM - Donatella
Gem, I went through this a couple of weeks ago. With me, the sheer volume of rain caused the water to spill out of the
gutters and sheet along the back of the building and also to enter the masonry of the building. There is a space below the curved bottom of the gutter and if the gutters are not handling the rain, where water can enter. Also if there are any cracks in the flashing or in the roof, the rain can enter. I had the masonry caulked (under the gutter), had the gutter fixed (they put a piece of metal in the gutter to make the gutter higher (it was tipping improperly) and had the whole roof reflashed since there were lots of spaces and cracks. I need a new roof which I will get next year but the repairs were fine for this rain. Call Nick from Roofmasters. You can google him.
#92
August 28, 2011 9:52 AM - Donatella
Hmmm.....looks like it is over.
#93
August 28, 2011 9:53 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
yeah, it's really bright out over here, only very light rain.
#94
August 28, 2011 9:56 AM - cobblehiller
So, then is this the eye we're experiencing? (I refuse to turn on the news...they hype was driving me crazy.)
#95
August 28, 2011 9:57 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
i haven't watched any news...listened to 1010 wins for a short time in the wee hours. seems like the worst of it passed through around 3am with strong winds and rain, but still no biggie.
#96
August 28, 2011 9:58 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
i'm just ticked that there are so many closed restaurants and no buses so no b-day brunch for me.

::shaking fist at mta::
#97
August 28, 2011 9:59 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
weathermen on 1010 wins are still trying to scare people with the whole 'stay indoors' bull. annoying.
#98
August 28, 2011 10:00 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
anybody see any brunch places open around them? i need a blt w/ fresh mozz and a mimosa, stat!
#99
August 28, 2011 10:01 AM - BoerumHillScott
Looks like the storm veered to the west, hit New Jersey, and weakened before getting here.
They way the rotation works, most of the rain is falling north of NYC now.
August 28, 2011 10:04 AM - minard lafever
shit, did I completely miss the storm after all the DRAMA???
There are leaves on the street in Brooklyn Heights. THEY ARE A SLIP HAZARD!!! The danger is not over.
-eye roll-


August 28, 2011 10:04 AM - sixyearsandcounting
windows wide open and the breeze is lovely! cobble - the maps and satellite images suggest it's almost over, but other people are saying this is the eye...and the nyt map shows strong winds still to come. but i think we're basically done.
August 28, 2011 10:06 AM - minard lafever
We're done. the remnants are Upstate and in New England now.
August 28, 2011 10:09 AM - sixyearsandcounting
minard, take a look at the top photo on the ditmas park blog - LEAVES EVERYWHERE! I'll think twice before going out: http://ditmasparkblog.com/news/hurricane-irene-is-heading-out
August 28, 2011 10:11 AM - BoerumHillScott
ConEd says 64,500 people without power in the city.
That sucks for them, but no exactly a citywide disaster.
August 28, 2011 10:11 AM - gemini10
Dona - that's SCARY, I don't think it's the roof for us - there seems to be a growing theory, it's the AC units collecting too much water with all the rain and humidity and with people running them -the water is pooling up.
BHS - I just took video and I guess I will just have to wait it out. I sent a note to the board, Ugh, I just don't want it to get worse
Edited at August 28, 2011 10:11 AM
August 28, 2011 10:13 AM - minard lafever
I did get leaks, first time, from my east-facing windows. The wind driven rain from the east just gets into the bricks and it works down to the window and leaks. The windows themselves are tight as a drum, the water is coming from the reveal above the windows. I should have bought more paper towels.
Edited at August 28, 2011 10:13 AM
August 28, 2011 10:16 AM - Arkady
How many of the 64,500 had their power turned off pre-emptively?
August 28, 2011 10:18 AM - minard lafever
Snappy and Cobble,
Let me be the first to wish you Happy Birthday!
(in Italian)
Edited at August 28, 2011 10:18 AM
August 28, 2011 10:19 AM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Thanks Minard!
August 28, 2011 10:20 AM - BoerumHillScott
I have not seen any reports of pre-emptive power cuts in the NYC actually being carried out.
The 64,500 were distributed across Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, so I guess that almost all were due to trees falling on power lines.
August 28, 2011 10:24 AM - cobblehiller
Thanks, Minard! (Making pancakes and bacon over here.)
August 28, 2011 10:27 AM - BoerumHillScott
Some government guy on the TV is talking about how good all the shutdowns are because they are a good dress rehearsal in case we ever get a bad hurricane.

What a load of B.S.
August 28, 2011 10:29 AM - sixyearsandcounting
Friend's fb status: C'mon Irene, I've had oatmeal with more zest than this.
Edited at August 28, 2011 10:29 AM
August 28, 2011 10:32 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
happy birthday both of you. you both have the same birthday? pulled up my shades in my bedroom and there are giant streaks of brown sludge that leaked in from i guess the ac or the holes in the tape or something. gross. the alleyway is a mess. all that fucking ridiculous food i bought this weekend, things id never eat. ugh. waste.

*rob*

August 28, 2011 10:36 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW this reporter during the storm got covered head to toe in poo mist!!!! look at this!

http://gothamist.com/2011/08/28/video_reporter_gets_slammed_with_ra.php

*rob*

August 28, 2011 10:36 AM - Donatella
Gem, I don't know if I was clear with my explanation. If the water on the roof is not captured and directed into the rain spout properly via the gutters (reasons -- gutters clogged up, drain spout clogged, gutters not tipped properly), water goes many other places. It will spill over the side of the gutters, skid along the back of the building (getting into window frames or seeping into the actual masonry) or collect under the gutters and get into the building by finding its way through holes in the pointing under the gutter. What then happens is that the water can collect in the ceiling around the windows or if it is alot, it can travel through the ceilings leaking through the plaster or drywall and in worse cases screw up the electrical. I suspect that something like this happened in your building. Take pictures of everything. Other things that can happen, the roof itself could be leaky, i.e. cracks in the roof covering or flashing could be cracked or have holes in it (i.e. in the corners of the roof where the bitumen covering is attached to the roof via black asphalty goo , there are cracks in the dried black goo -- my technical explanation). Any entry into the house, the water will find it. I don't think it is the a/c. This is a coop building?
I am sorry. The company I used is LEAKmasters. The owner is Nick. The other company I met with is Roofmasters, Mike Saperstein. Leakmasters did my work. They are good.
August 28, 2011 10:36 AM - bfar
Hippie Bird Day, youse guys!

Zero anything over here. Couldn't even hear the wind/rain over the fan. Storm fail.

August 28, 2011 10:39 AM - Donatella
Bfar, did you actually manage to get a studio on Governor's island? I think I read that last night/maybe you were joking and
with my high pre-storm anxiety I couldn't tell. (It would be great if you did!!)
August 28, 2011 10:40 AM - Donatella
Snappy, you need to have something delicious at your house today and then declare another day
your rain-check birthday and pull out the stops at a nice restaurant.
Edited at August 28, 2011 10:40 AM
August 28, 2011 10:42 AM - Deleted
happy birthday snaps

August 28, 2011 10:42 AM - Deleted
bloomturd, can i go home yet?
August 28, 2011 10:43 AM - CGar
Fucking ridiculous. Fucking, fucking, fucking ridiculous.

"Oh my God! There's a twig down in my garden! Careful! It could be a projectile!"
August 28, 2011 10:45 AM - bfar
Gem, can't believe that could be from a/c. It's not like it hasn't been running just as much on other days. Has to be from the storm/rain.
Edited at August 28, 2011 10:45 AM
August 28, 2011 10:46 AM - CGar
Good thing Pepe had life preservers at Montero's.
Edited at August 28, 2011 10:46 AM
August 28, 2011 10:46 AM - BoerumHillScott
There is going to be a lot of flooding in New Jersey and upstate over the next day or two as the water tries to drain away.

I wonder who made the decision to shutdown the MTA.
I have seen some rumors that the order came from Cuomo.



August 28, 2011 10:49 AM - minard lafever
Bloomberg is claiming his superhero powers saved the day.
(I had to use this image again, it's too good)
Edited at August 28, 2011 10:49 AM
August 28, 2011 10:51 AM - bfar
Dona- yep! They're all in a big former warehouse of sorts, beautiful view of manhattan from my space (or of hordes of snooki/situation folks grinding, when they have the DJ on the weekends.) Out there for a couple more months. We're having some sort of open studios toward the end of September right before the island closes to the public, will definitely post an invite!

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August 28, 2011 10:52 AM - dibs
Well, now I'm not so lucky.. Tenant in Brooklyn checked and no water probs there but neighbors in Bucks went in and the original message was totally unclear. Seems we got water in the kitchen and living room and the floors are muddy

TTYL
August 28, 2011 10:54 AM - Arkady
Odd. A tree in the yard behind mine looks as if it'll have to be taken down. I don't know what kind it is but it's a very young & flexible tree - quite tall but I know it's under 15 years old. Surprisingly, lots of lower branches snapped & I think it's uprooted - being held up by a fence & a magnolia. Lower branches being broken is truly strange - garden is a protected nook.
Edited at August 28, 2011 10:53 AM
August 28, 2011 10:56 AM - sixyearsandcounting
sunshine in ditmas park!
August 28, 2011 10:59 AM - CGar
dave, I'm very sorry to hear about the damage in Bucks.
Edited at August 28, 2011 10:58 AM
August 28, 2011 10:59 AM - Arkady
Oh, dibs. So sorry. Can you remediate remotely?
August 28, 2011 11:00 AM - minard lafever
The piers below the BH Promenade were not swamped. High water looked to be about a foot and a half beneath the top. Usually the piers are about eight feet above the water so that means we had a surge of about six and a half feet at high tide. Impressive but not catastrophic.
August 28, 2011 11:00 AM - WonTon
Still feeling sad about our tree--it was so fragrant when it bloomed in June, and it really was pretty. It feels like an old friend died.

I'm trying not to gloat about the fact it went down on somebody's Prius. Yes, I'm a terrible person.


Mr. Kim, the owner of the neighborhood Korean grocery, just finished cutting it into smaller pieces with his chainsaw. The big neighborhood mystery now is why in the world Mr. Kim keeps a chainsaw in his Korean deli.



August 28, 2011 11:03 AM - minard lafever
alrighty then,

Earthquake: check
Plusa Party: check
Hurricane: check

August 28, 2011 11:04 AM - Donatella
I just went into the backyard and checked on the neighbor's yard. They have an extension which is like a little sitting room with its own roof and gutters. The branch which broke off my tree is big and it knocked the gutters which are hanging on one side. It is still windy out there and I got a little nervous that there might be broken branches in the tree so decided to deal with the tree later. The size of this tree is massive. It goes at least 10 feet over my 4 story building and extends over 7 properties. It is MASSIVE. I have had it cabled and get it pruned but there were a few sickly looking boughs. They are now in my neighbor's yard. I am not sure whose insurance handles the damages. I am not even sure that it is my tree (could be more than one since they abut another massive tree on the other side.)

Dibs, sorry about that. What a drag. I hope you have someone in Bucks to help you out.
August 28, 2011 11:06 AM - DeadCatBounce
tornado: check?
August 28, 2011 11:06 AM - CGar
Minard, I walked down to Pier 6 at high tide (just when they warned you not to), and I noticed the same thing. Water about 2 feet below the pier. Highest I've seen it to be sure, but hardly the flood surge they carried on about for days.
August 28, 2011 11:06 AM - More4Less
my in-law was complaining to me "this was it??? This is why I evacuated to your place?? Can I go back after we have lunch??"
August 28, 2011 11:07 AM - minard lafever
Won Ton, be sure to insist that the Parks Dept plant a new Linden.
Don't let them give you a ginko or plane.
They're pushing those pagoda, or scholars, trees too.
Making a fuss is good.
Lindens grow quickly.

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August 28, 2011 11:07 AM - DeadCatBounce
Invasion from outer space: check
August 28, 2011 11:08 AM - rf
Glitter!
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/28/opinion/sunday/glitter-a-kinder-gentler-prank.html
August 28, 2011 11:08 AM - More4Less
am clueless myself. thought the eye was going to smack us starting around lunch thru 5/6pm but now it's saying the eye has passed. not that I'm complaining but this is a big pleasant surprise
August 28, 2011 11:09 AM - cobblehiller
Yikes, sorry to hear that, DIBS. : (

CGar, were you at Montero's ALL night?
August 28, 2011 11:10 AM - More4Less
Marty yapping away about down trees in Brooklyn - on Fox 5
August 28, 2011 11:10 AM - Donatella
Bfar, that is awesome about the studio. Congratulations.
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August 28, 2011 11:11 AM - More4Less
happy birthday ladies? 30 and 40 years old respectively?
August 28, 2011 11:12 AM - More4Less
hope Chinatown dim sum places are open so I can drop off in-law and get me some eats.
August 28, 2011 11:14 AM - CGar
Not all night, cobble.

Biff and I did a pub crawl. We started at Montero's, then Floyd, then Last Exit, and ended at Montero's.

Chip Shop was open, too. As was Pete's Waterfront Ale House, though we'd never set foot in there again. Roebling Inn closed early, and Henry Public closed for the weekend.
August 28, 2011 11:15 AM - More4Less
CGar, your naysayer stance proved to be correct
August 28, 2011 11:19 AM - CGar
Thanks, m4l. I realized that, too. I've been skeptical of forecasters my entire life - ever since I realized they hyped snow storms, then I'd get all excited about a snow day, only to have to go to school the next day. Only so many times I was gonna play Charlie Brown and let Lucy pull the football away.
August 28, 2011 11:19 AM - CGar
At least we didn't let Scattered Showers Irene spoil a perfectly good night of drinking.
August 28, 2011 11:23 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
going to attempt to do laundry again. it was mobbed last night. if i dont get a washer im gonna go apeshit

*rob*

August 28, 2011 11:25 AM - More4Less
Rob, how / what exactly apeshit would you bust out?
August 28, 2011 11:27 AM - DeadCatBounce
There are scattered reports of umbrella damage!
August 28, 2011 11:27 AM - cobblehiller
"happy birthday ladies? 30 and 40 years old respectively?"

Yes, I'm turning 40, again! ; )
August 28, 2011 11:28 AM - BoerumHillScott
MTA is saying rail yards in Coney Island and Harlem were underwater, and service will not be fully restored by Monday morning.
August 28, 2011 11:28 AM - cobblehiller
"There are scattered reports of umbrella damage!"

Snort! OMG! Save the children!! : P
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August 28, 2011 11:31 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
ugh the trains wont be running tomorrow morning? am i gonna have to be asked to walk to work? honestly how long do you think it would take tho from park slope to soho if i walked, assuming i only get lost a few times?

*rob*

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August 28, 2011 11:32 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
well there was no apeshitting. all the washing and drying machines were empty.

*rob*

August 28, 2011 11:32 AM - Arkady
The City is putting in a wide variety of trees now. There's a list somewhere I'll try to find. You may have to wait longer or pay something to order a specific kind.
August 28, 2011 11:33 AM - More4Less
Cobble, thought you turned 30 and snaps was the one turning 40
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August 28, 2011 11:34 AM - BoerumHillScott
My guess is that some trains will be running, but not a full service.

Park Slope to Soho is 4-5 miles over the Manhattan Bridge. That should take a bit less than an hour and a half to walk.
Edited at August 28, 2011 11:34 AM
August 28, 2011 11:34 AM - CGar
*rob*, most people aren't expected to go to work tomorrow since it's likely to take most of the day for normal train and bus service to be restored in the City.
Edited at August 28, 2011 11:34 AM
August 28, 2011 11:34 AM - Arkady
This from a friend after the tornado: (The link is legit even if the poetry isn't.)
As I sit at my desk mourning the loss of my friend the tree, my thoughts turn towards the spindly sapling the city will replace it with. There are provisions to choose our own tree (at our own cost, of course).

http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_your_park/trees_greenstreets/images/TreePlantingStandards.pdf.pdf


Edited at August 28, 2011 11:34 AM
August 28, 2011 11:39 AM - wendybear1
Happy Birthday, Cobble and Snaps!
August 28, 2011 11:41 AM - bfar
ugh, dibs, hope it cleans up easily. and yikes on the tree dona. damn. at least glad to hear it didn't nail anything too seriously.

Well, since it looks like my wife's office will be open tomorrow after all, I'd better get my ass in gear and get some work done.
August 28, 2011 11:42 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
im not even sure which bridge is the manhattan bridge. is that the bridge the the N train runs over? i also dont like walking over high bridges cuz my legs turn to jelly and i get dizzy in that afraid of heights kind of way

*rob*

August 28, 2011 11:44 AM - gay smurf hoodlum
why cant they restore train and bus service NOW tho. the storm is over and there wasnt much flooding was there? do you think if i stood in the median in the middle of 4th avenue with a big sign saying trying to get into manhattan someone will stop and pick me up if they are going in that direction?


*rob*

August 28, 2011 11:46 AM - More4Less
have a bet with wife here that I would be shocked if Chinatown is shut down restaurant wise. Chinaman has seen and dealt with worst than this than to miss out on dim sum rush
August 28, 2011 11:46 AM - rf
My dad called me from Seaford this morning. He said his flower pots didn't blow away and the chairs are still at the table on the deck.
August 28, 2011 11:48 AM - BoerumHillScott
The Manhattan bridge is the one the B,D,N, and Q goes over. It is also the bridge that connects Flatbush Ave in Brooklyn to Canal in Manhattan.

My understanding is the MTA can't fully restore subway service until they:
- Inspect areas that got flooded and decide they are safe again.
- Move trains stored on express tracks back into yards.
- Move work trains staged throughout the system back into the yards.

What I don't understand is why the MTA can't start running basic bus service now, followed by substitute buses along closed subway lines.
August 28, 2011 11:49 AM - More4Less
Rob, Manhattan bridge is straight down Flatbush ave. it's blue. the stone bridge (aka Brooklyn) will be on your left.
August 28, 2011 11:50 AM - cobblehiller
"Cobble, thought you turned 30 and snaps was the one turning 40"

Did i say 40? I meant 30! I think Snaps is turning 21 today! ; )
August 28, 2011 11:50 AM - More4Less
Rob, pete walks over Manhattan bridge to / from Mid town. a young dude like you can handle the trek from Soho.
August 28, 2011 11:52 AM - CGar
I almost died the night Pete forced me to walk over the Manhattan Bridge. Damn thing bounces up and down. You're practically dangling over the river on those walkways. Never again. Give me the Brooklyn Bridge any day.
Edited at August 28, 2011 11:52 AM
August 28, 2011 11:56 AM - BoerumHillScott
I've walked the Manhattan bridge several times.
I like the fact you don't have to dodge hoards of tourists, but other than that the Brooklyn Bridge is certainly nicer.
August 28, 2011 11:59 AM - DeadCatBounce
Peacock vultures perch on top of the towers of the Manhattan Bridge and as pedestrians walk by they swoop down and peck at their heads.
Edited at August 28, 2011 11:59 AM
August 28, 2011 12:01 PM - sixyearsandcounting
NYC Emergency Management is now texting me: "Thank you for your hard work. At this time, although the weather may appear calm, the city is asking you to remain on duty. Shelters are to remain open."

Snort!
August 28, 2011 12:08 PM - CGar
My friends in CT and upstate NY have no power. I wonder if Pete lost power, too.
August 28, 2011 12:08 PM - Donatella
I am guessing that the tree issue will be covered by my neighbor's policy considering the fact that this was an "act of God"
thing with the hurricane. I am not going to deal with anything until later. It is still pretty windy out there and I don't want to get clocked with any loose branches in the tree out there. Of course, I could wear my new bike helmet.

I just got a call from a friend. She was in the hospital, having had half of her left lung removed. A full MRI showed cancer
and they decided to do the surgery right away.

STOP SMOKING PEOPLE!!!!!
August 28, 2011 12:09 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
I almost died the night Pete forced me to walk over the Manhattan Bridge. Damn thing bounces up and down. You're practically dangling over the river on those walkways.

gtfoh. i am not walking on that bridge then. and i have no problem with the length of the walk, i can walk for hours, i just have an issue with walking over bridges, and if this bridge is wobbling up and down ill wind up getting stuck in the middle of it terrified and panic stricken. no thanks. i think im starting to understand the true allure of living in manhattan now. i feel like im stuck in the boondocks right now.


*rob*

August 28, 2011 12:11 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
STOP SMOKING PEOPLE!!!!!

ugh. please also warn people to stop having sex, eating cake, drinking, driving cars, and walking around without a suit of armor. i thought we had two lungs anyway?

*rob*

August 28, 2011 12:23 PM - rf
No Metro North for a while. Flooded train yards, trees on tracks, landslides. What will Lech do?
August 28, 2011 12:24 PM - MontroseMorris
Morning All,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, COBBLE AND SNAPPY!!! XOXO. We'll have to celebrate soon!

We made it here in Crown Heights, too. I was worried about my trees in the back, but only a couple of small branches came down. So happy.

Someone on the block behind me (Dean St.) has a chainsaw running, so they had some damage over there, but I'm too lazy to check it out. Maybe later.

The roof leaked into my tenant's apartment, the top floor, not the Sainted Tenant. Getting that fixed this week. Roof is relatively new, so should still be covered by warranty. I bet it's the flashing. Royal PITA, but considering what could have happened, I'm not complaining.

Cats unimpressed by entire event. The Sainted Tenant and I went out to the supermarket yesterday to get cat food, (forget about us, it's all about them), and Foodtown was restricting the amount of people who could enter, and inside it looked like the day before Thanksgiving. People were mobbing the place. We went to our corner bodega instead, and made the happy discovery that they sell the large soup can sized cans of catfood for less than Foodtown. See - there's a silver lining, if you look for it!
August 28, 2011 12:25 PM - minard lafever
Giant American elm down on Hicks Street. It was one of the few elms spared Dutch elm disease but it was taken by Irene. This tree grew in front of Mansion House. It damaged two beautiful houses across the street. Don't try to drive or walk down this part of Hicks today or tomorrow (between Pierrepont and Clark).

Edited at August 28, 2011 12:25 PM
August 28, 2011 12:28 PM - minard lafever
here's another view.
this old tree was ready to go.
Very fortunate it did not hurt anyone.
Edited at August 28, 2011 12:28 PM
August 28, 2011 12:29 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
cock your head 90 degrees to the left and look at that tree LOL. you can see the tree's vagina!

*rob*

Edited at August 28, 2011 12:29 PM
August 28, 2011 12:29 PM - MontroseMorris
What a shame. I hate to see ancient trees end up like that. They add so much to the streetscape.
August 28, 2011 12:32 PM - Donatella
Wow, Minard, isn't that the tree that caused so much controversy at the Mansion House? I
remember that there was great debate withing the coop about cutting down that tree. I used to live
next door.

Arkady, about the loss of a tree--- I actually two monstrous trees in my backyard. The one that
remains and another which was leaning into my neighbor's yard and was diseased. I had to cut it
down (3500 dollars) and I couldn't believe how sad I was to see this massive tree go. Workers
started at 8 and ended at 6.

*rob* believe it or not, I say that because I care about you.
August 28, 2011 12:38 PM - minard lafever
Yes, Donatella that's the one. The coop felt the tree was unstable and had to go. There was an uproar and the board backed down. Now the building has no power, two beautiful houses across the street are damaged, and the street is closed. Nonetheless it is a blessing in disguise as no one was hurt on that very busy street.

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August 28, 2011 12:49 PM - etson
Love the staff in my building. Just got an e-mail from my super in PS that all is fine in my apartment & the building there. I had asked him on Thursday to check after the storm, didn't need to remind him..
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August 28, 2011 12:51 PM - minard lafever
walking around, it looks like the morning after a strong thunderstorm. Some trees down, but not many, and a lot of leaves and branches on the ground. I understand that the wind blew hard for about fifteen minutes. That was it. I slept through it.

August 28, 2011 12:51 PM - dibs
Raining here on the cape.

My contractor, his wife and son went to the house. There must have been 2 feet of water in the living room and that flowed i to the higher kitchen as well. Got the bottom of the sofas wet so don't know if they are salvageable. They are there cleaning all the mud off of the floors. Don't know if the boiler was damaged or not. About 10" of mud in basement.

Not good at all.
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August 28, 2011 12:53 PM - minard lafever
dibs, that sounds bad. Sorry. you going back?

August 28, 2011 12:54 PM - etson
Ugh, sorry to hear that DIBS. Will insurance cover it all?
August 28, 2011 12:54 PM - BoerumHillScott
The MTA posted pictures of rail lines under water or otherwise messed up:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtaphotos/

Rumors are now very limited service tomorrow, if they run anything at all.
Edited at August 28, 2011 12:54 PM
August 28, 2011 12:57 PM - minard lafever
eyeballing the water rise on the piers near me, it did look like over six feet. Not enough for any real flooding but enough to swamp the subway tunnels in lower Manhattan. They did say prior to the storm that a surge over six feet would probably flood the tracks.

August 28, 2011 12:58 PM - dibs
No, insurance won't cover it because I didn't have flood insurance.

Not going back to spend a week cleaning. I think I can get people to clean it. Will deal with structural issues when it's all dry and settled and can be assessed. Floors are 3/4" wideboard and have not buckled yet. Hopefully they won't
Edited at August 28, 2011 12:58 PM
August 28, 2011 12:59 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
dave that SUCKS :( this is the place in bucks?


*rob*
August 28, 2011 1:01 PM - Arkady
Terrible, dibs. But you wouldn't've been able to do much to stop it had you been there, would you?
Edited at August 28, 2011 1:01 PM
August 28, 2011 1:02 PM - cobblehiller
Oh DIBS, that's terrible. Very sorry to hear it, sounds like a really bad mess.

Minard, I remember when that whole tree thing at Mansion House was happening. Did it go right into the houses across the street? It's hard to make out what's happening in the photo. Looks like fence is pushed back.
August 28, 2011 1:02 PM - dibs
Yes, Bucks.

Just rained here on the Cape but now the sun is out.

Going to walk into town soon.

No reason to worry about the other house. What's done is done. It can be remedied over time.


Edited at August 28, 2011 1:02 PM
August 28, 2011 1:03 PM - Donatella
That's terrible, dibs. So sorry to hear it. I hope you can take some time off to take care of everything.

I remember that uproar well, Minard. We have a kind of reverence for these old fabulous
trees. They are awe inspiring and beautiful. They are the lungs for the neighborhood and
transform everyone's hot air into oxygen. They are also very high maintenance, expensive
and a huge responsibility. Their death is part of the circle of life. They will saw it up, haul
it away, plant another tree and in a few years have another beautiful tree.
August 28, 2011 1:09 PM - minard lafever
Cobble, the historic front fences of both houses are crushed. I could see one window was smashed but could not see the rest of the facades because the tree covered it up.
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August 28, 2011 1:10 PM - minard lafever
It could have been worse.
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August 28, 2011 1:11 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Ugh, dibs, that sounds awful - good luck!
August 28, 2011 1:15 PM - Donatella
Minard, re the damaged houses... There are two skinny brownstones (really skinny) owned by a crazy guy,
who inherited them from parents. They used to be very run down..... there was a great interest in them some
time ago, but said eccentric guy had no interest in selling or maintaining them. There was a shrink who owned
a skinny one and ultimately sold them because he had had it with the crazy guy. This is all sort of dated info
from 6-7 years ago. Do you know the buildings I mean? Was it those buildings? It is a kind of miracle that
nobody was hurt, especially the people in the brownstones.
August 28, 2011 1:21 PM - Deleted
restoring power in my bldg now and can return within the next hour.
August 28, 2011 1:31 PM - WonTon
oh, bad news all around. Sorry Dave, what a drag, but you have the right attitude--what's done is done, and eventually you will fix it. Very sad about all the trees. This has been a bad year for trees.
August 28, 2011 1:31 PM - More4Less
DIBS, what happened to bucks is not typical right - ie it took this kind of rain, wind, etc to cause that right?
August 28, 2011 1:33 PM - More4Less
DH, why rush to leave when there are so many ladies around
August 28, 2011 1:34 PM - More4Less
freak; all this irene crap made me forget yesterday was UFC 134
August 28, 2011 1:35 PM - WonTon
NYT now saying that Philly is the worst hit of all the major cities...because it's near two rivers, the flooding was more serious there than anywhere else.
August 28, 2011 1:39 PM - More4Less
Wonton, any indications the Philly Football team got swept away???
August 28, 2011 1:41 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
one load turned into 5. decided to do EVERYTHING and organize my closet. bags of laundry not done and stored in the back of the closet for over a year just cannot smell good :-/

*rob*

Edited at August 28, 2011 1:41 PM
August 28, 2011 1:42 PM - BoerumHillScott
I think rob is by far the most productive person here today.
The highlight of my day so far is playing video games with my step dad and my son.
August 28, 2011 1:43 PM - More4Less
Rob, washing the undies too?
August 28, 2011 1:44 PM - Not_Logged_In
Anonymous: Dave, sorry to hear about your house. I think you have a healthy attitude about it, and fortunately, you have the wherewithal to take care of it. I hope your floors don't warp, that would be worse than having to have the furniture reupholstered.
August 28, 2011 1:44 PM - MontroseMorris
Whoops, forgot to log in. That was me^^^^
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August 28, 2011 1:49 PM - sixyearsandcounting
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/28/opinion/sunday/ugly-you-may-have-a-case.html?hp

Should ugly people be a legally protected class?
Edited at August 28, 2011 1:49 PM
August 28, 2011 2:19 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
"washing the undies too"

YES actually and socks and tshirts that normally id just rebuy at the dollar stores. :-/ i rebuy all that shit, but really hardly throw any out, they wind up in laundry bags piled up in the closet. im a very clean and neat and orderly person but seriously my laundry bags in the closet border on hoarderish behavior. anyway, i should now have enough socks underwear and tshirts to last me at LEAST 5 months.

*rob*

August 28, 2011 2:22 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Should ugly people be a legally protected class?

NO! because what is ugly is relative. things like sex, gender, race, etc are not. (well race is subjective but i wont go there). what are they gonna do when the gazillions of hot people out there with low self esteem issues decide to sue!?

also ive never seen an ugly dog or cat or any other animal (sorta). ugly comes from the inside for the most part. also if ugly became a protected class all of williamsburg and 3/4's of park slope would be suing their ass faces off!!!!

*rob*

Edited at August 28, 2011 2:22 PM
August 28, 2011 2:26 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
im planning on finishing laundry, taking duke to the park, then coming back and cleaning a little more and taking out some old video game systems and play (for like 5 seconds) i have the attention span of a gnat.
i actually have more fun caressing and taking out the old video games than actually PLAYING them, but then again i think lots of collectors are the same way (think: beanie babies. i bet more people like putting them in and out of their tupperware cases versus actually playing with them.
*rob*

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August 28, 2011 2:27 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Rob, washing the undies too?

skidmarks circa 2009 are currently being washed.

*rob*

August 28, 2011 2:34 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
the wind is seriously picking up here again (sounds like it anyway)

*rob*

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August 28, 2011 2:39 PM - Arkady
We haven't heard from denton!
August 28, 2011 2:43 PM - DeadCatBounce
Ugly people should be a protected class.
Also dumb people (Perhaps they already are).
And of course, lazy people.
And talentless people.

For example, two ten year olds are in piano class together. One could play Mozart by ear by the time he was five. The other is tone deaf. The talented one should have to wear oven mitts when playing to keep things equal.

Sounds ridiculous? That is exactly the situation now in little league. The better teams are not allowed to have their best players dominate the game and produce a lopsided score. Unbelievable but true.
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August 28, 2011 2:58 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
That is exactly the situation now in little league. The better teams are not allowed to have their best players dominate the game and produce a lopsided score. Unbelievable but true.

.cuz in our society EVERYONE IS A WINNER!!!! newflash parents: there's a 50/50 chance your kid is gonna be a dumb ass. deal.

*rob*

August 28, 2011 2:58 PM - rf
My kid didn't do Little League but I can tell you that there is a healthy competition in sports teams starting in middle school--at least in the city!
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August 28, 2011 3:02 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
privileged rich girls also make the best strippers. stop trying to make that stripper-to-be get into the best college. it's pointless! and will just burden her with a ton of debt and unrealistic expectations. special snowflakes are called special for a REASON! cuz not everyone can be one!
i was simultaenously told growing up that i was a special snowflake myself and that i was an awful AWFUL person. funny how that worked out no,?


*rob*

August 28, 2011 3:04 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
(oh god bad post timing, RF, i was NOT, i repeat, NOT saying that to you!!!)

*rob*

August 28, 2011 3:04 PM - rf
Rob, do you regret not becoming a stripper instead of going to college? Or maybe becoming a stripper after college so you could pay down your college loans?
August 28, 2011 3:11 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
i regret not snagging a sugar daddy when i had the chance. going to college was good tho, i was the first one in my immediate family. and i think i learned a lot and met some good people. my degree worked out for me for the most part.



*rob*

August 28, 2011 3:21 PM - rf
So you don't think I should steer my daughter's college aspirations toward a career as a stripper? She's cute, right?
August 28, 2011 3:26 PM - cobblehiller
Wow, wind just picked up again over here. Really blowing the old tree in the back around.
August 28, 2011 3:27 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
(was NOT talking about you when i posted that!!!!) PLEASE believe me on this.

*rob*

August 28, 2011 3:29 PM - cobblehiller
Chris Rock has a great bit about strippers and parenting. "I mean, they don't grade fathers. But if your daughter's a stripper, you fucked up." And then he says something to the effect of...Your job as a parent is to keep your daughter off the pole!
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August 28, 2011 3:29 PM - rf
That's because you KNOW me. But just to throw out bullshit about "privileged rich girls" who should be strippers, that's different, right?
August 28, 2011 3:35 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote;
But just to throw out bullshit about "privileged rich girls" who should be strippers, that's different, right?

but they DO make the best strippers. that's not an issue. i made a comment about something else, not you, so dont get mad.

*rob*

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August 28, 2011 3:38 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMGVMtnxXEw

see, stupid songs.

*rob*

August 28, 2011 3:44 PM - Arkady
PS weather station says we're getting 24 mph gusts that've been as high as 34 mph in the last hour. Radar looks as if it should clear out soon.
August 28, 2011 4:04 PM - More4Less
hope this wind gusts dont make me regret moving the car back to its usual spot where a big ass tree hovers vs before it was only next to a small tree and a sign post
August 28, 2011 4:15 PM - WonTon
Lots of wind in Park Slope now. I wish it would stop. I don't want any more trees to fall down. While the ground is so soggy, they could easily go.
August 28, 2011 4:20 PM - Arkady
A cousin of mine on the beach in Delaware says it's beautiful there now. I told him to send it up here & he said he will.
August 28, 2011 4:32 PM - Bedstuymaven
I knew someone who paid of her college loans in a year, plus got money for a down payment on a condo stripping only part-time. She also had a regular 9-5.
August 28, 2011 4:32 PM - Bedstuymaven
DIS - sorry to hear about your house.
August 28, 2011 4:35 PM - Donatella
We are getting some serious gusts. Accuweather says 35 mile an hour with 64
mph gusts. I was going to go outside since I have cabin fever, but I'll wait till it
calms down....
August 28, 2011 4:37 PM - BoerumHillScott
I went outside for a walk, then came back before getting to the end of the block because of the wind.
August 28, 2011 4:52 PM - Not_Logged_In
Anonymous: plenty of trees down up here....lost electric at wish.....who knows when will be restored....
streams are flooding.
If you people think city overreacted.....you are monday morning quarterbacks. You all have no experience and weigh too heavily any personal inconvenience to welfare and safety of public.

-petebklyn
August 28, 2011 5:02 PM - More4Less
pete, so when you coming back to your bk pad where the juice is still on?
August 28, 2011 5:04 PM - rf
m4l, did you go to Chinatown today? My niece is moving to Hester and Mulberry and wants a ride to unload some stuff. Deserted? Busy?
August 28, 2011 5:16 PM - CGar
m4l is moving rf's niece to Chinatown??? I thought he only delivered Chinese food.
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August 28, 2011 5:18 PM - Not_Logged_In
Anonymous: tomorrow night will be back....driving to utica tomorrow and then back to city tomorrow night.....
assuming thruway is open - which is closed at the moment.
August 28, 2011 5:20 PM - More4Less
rf, went to Chinatown before. it was relatively quiet. there were people on the streets but most of the shops were closed.
August 28, 2011 5:22 PM - rf
Cgar, pay attention!
August 28, 2011 5:25 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
My niece is moving to Hester and Mulberry

lol u know i love but that just SCREAMS moonface gentrfier. that area is so shady chinatown/little italy anyway what is it? who really moves there? all the apartments are like 3000 dollars for a walkup tenement 1/2 bedroom


*rob*

August 28, 2011 5:28 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
I knew someone who paid of her college loans in a year, plus got money for a down payment on a condo stripping only part-time. She also had a regular 9-5.

.i knew lots of people like that too except they were ALL crackheads. (like literal crackheads) not.worth.it

*rob*

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August 28, 2011 5:29 PM - rf
She's moving half a block from where my daughter went to elementary school. She's moving in with a friend. Her current roommate in Bushwick just graduated from college and can't find a job. My niece is a waitress and supports herself.
August 28, 2011 5:30 PM - rf
Oh, and she's not white! Really not white, not aspirational like you, Rob!
August 28, 2011 6:35 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
:-/


quote:
Her current roommate in Bushwick just graduated from college and can't find a job

well she needs to go back home.
she doesnt help the rest of the native population looking for the same jobs
and no one gives a crap about her race, but i still get a psychic feeling she's moonface.


*rob*

August 28, 2011 6:44 PM - Deleted
haha i used to live near there

rats

big ones

everywhere
August 28, 2011 6:58 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
id put up with rats if i got a fat allowance rent check from home. i love people people deny that isnt the case. oh well



*rob*

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August 28, 2011 7:11 PM - BoerumHillScott
I just ate at Applebees.
Not an experience I will be in a rush to repeat.
August 28, 2011 7:11 PM - dibs
OK...just got baack from bar. Haven't had power since around 4:00. A bit toasted bur still have water and about to light grill
August 28, 2011 7:13 PM - dibs
Someone talking about native Americans???? I've slept with more than my fare share
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August 28, 2011 7:26 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
are they into weird shit in bed? id imagine they might be hahahaha

*rob*

August 28, 2011 8:00 PM - rf
airports open tomorrow morning.
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August 28, 2011 8:02 PM - cobblehiller
DIBS, Sorry to hear your power is out. Any communication about how long? Super windy here. Just had dinner out at Strong Place with the short people and their handlers—Court Street is hoppin'!

Is there an ethic group you haven't slept with??? : P
August 28, 2011 8:09 PM - gay smurf hoodlum
quote:
Court Street is hoppin'!

Is there an ethic group you haven't slept with??? : P

the thing about dave i <3 so much is that he also finds moonfaces very fugly as do i. :)

*rob*


August 28, 2011 8:09 PM - rf
You talk about ethic with DIBS?
August 28, 2011 8:11 PM - cobblehiller
LOL! Oops! I meant ethNic! Certainly not ethic! : P
August 28, 2011 8:20 PM - Legion
Hey folks,
I'm back from my two day Evacu-cation.

Pete is right,
this storm was no joke in some parts.
The streets throughout this neighborhood are littered with debris and silt from the storm surge.
Neighbors are posting all sorts of crazy videos on youtube of the ocean flooding in through the barriers early this morning.
On my way back from upstate there were roads closed left and right due to severe flooding. Trees down all over the place as well.
Upstate the flooding is causing severe problems.

I took some photos of Irene's last bands about an hour ago:
August 28, 2011 8:21 PM - Legion
...and the raging surf
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August 28, 2011 8:24 PM - Legion
It was a really beautiful sunset.
Edited at August 28, 2011 8:24 PM
August 28, 2011 8:24 PM - rf
Driving back from Chinatown, I saw that sky! It's breezy but it's a cleansing breeze.
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August 28, 2011 8:26 PM - cobblehiller
Nice photos, legion.

It was really beautiful out on the deck earlier, BH and I were taking in the view. Tomorrow should be a stunner!
August 28, 2011 8:27 PM - Legion
More of Irene's last bands:
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August 28, 2011 8:28 PM - BoerumHillScott
The sunset was very beautiful tonight.

The MTA posted some more pictures of damage to the rail system.
It looks like Metro North got the worst of it, but the LIRR and subway both also had damage.

I think we will be lucky to have any train service by tomorrow afternoon.
August 28, 2011 8:29 PM - Legion
Here's a nice photo for Cobble and Snappy's birthday:
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August 28, 2011 8:31 PM - cobblehiller
THAT's the day we should have had to begin with, legion!!
Edited at August 28, 2011 8:31 PM
August 28, 2011 8:34 PM - Legion
...and how cobble!
There was even a full rainbow to the East but I couldn't post that one cause I ran out of battery power on my camera.
I've got it on my cell phone though.
Mother nature is amazing. :o)
August 28, 2011 8:42 PM - cobblehiller
I doubt my freelance boss will be in tomorrow, so I'll be here putting the deck back together. Surprisingly enough, the plants that I gathered low and close to the house really didn't suffer. The deck will be back in action tomorrow night, gladly.
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August 28, 2011 8:59 PM - Donatella
Those pictures are stunning, Legion. I am glad you are back safe and sound.
You are right; we didn't have what the city was preparing for but it was very
serious in certain areas. Staten Island was a disaster, particularly the Eastern shore -
South Beach, Midland Beach, New Dorp. And Westchester, LI, Catskills and other
places upstate very bad. I was fortunate not to have had any damage, but one of
the limbs of my big tree did fall in a neighbor's yard. We'll figure out that tomorrow.
Fabulous weather is predicted.
Does anybody know if Pete is ok upstate?
August 28, 2011 9:05 PM - BoerumHillScott
Pete posted earlier that he had lost power.
August 28, 2011 9:06 PM - dibs
Power back. Already had cooked he corn, baked potatoes and steak on the grill

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August 28, 2011 9:13 PM - WonTon
Gorgeous pix, legion. Thanks for posting them.

Trees are down all over the North Slope, and the old St. Augustine Catholic Church on 6th Avenue and Sterling has been cordoned off--there's a police blockade from 5th and Sterling to 7th and Sterling. The very tall copper gothic steeple on the church is swaying and bobbing in the wind, and threatening to topple to the ground. The police said that some people from the buildings department are coming to check it out.

This afternoon's winds have really been rough on the trees.

August 28, 2011 9:15 PM - WonTon
I'm supposed to go to a wedding in Montauk tomorrow. I thought it would be cancelled, but amazingly, it is not.

I think I'm going to bail. The LIRR is going to be out tomorrow and probably for the next couple of days. The Hampton Jitney isn't answering the phone. There are a couple of friends driving out there who have space in their cars ,but I think the traffic and possible flooding of roads will be wicked crazy. And I need to be back here by Tuesday afternoon, and have no idea how I'll get back.

Am I being a ninny here?
August 28, 2011 9:20 PM - BoerumHillScott
Unless it were a very close friend of family member, I would mostly likely skip the wedding.
August 28, 2011 9:24 PM - rf
On my way back from dropping my niece in E. Williamsburg, driving thru Bed-Stuy, I went down Hancock and the street was blocked at Throop by fallen tree.
August 28, 2011 9:27 PM - WonTon
All the downed trees are making me wonder: is there enough tree maintenance going on in NYC? Seems like a lot of trees in the Slope have gone down this year. A lot of the ones left look scraggly and unhealthy. Is tree maintenance one of those things that have gone by the wayside, budget-wise in New York?
August 28, 2011 9:35 PM - Legion
thanks donatella,
Considering all the water damage around me,
I got off pretty easy this time.
The water table is definitely saturated, I can hear the sump pump in the basement going off periodically.
Thank goodness there is no rain in the forecast!
Like you, I was also worried about a large tree in my backyard,
it lost a few limbs but none were really huge.

Thanks Won Ton,
if I can download the rainbow picture, I will.
It was really something.
August 28, 2011 9:36 PM - BoerumHillScott
Growing up in a small to mid sized city in the south with my relatives all living in small towns, part of me has to laugh at the term "tree maintenance." Trees grew where someone planted them, and eventually they died and/or fell over in a storm.

No one ever thought of maintenance.
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August 28, 2011 9:37 PM - rf
Wonton, we had a tornado last summer. That is pretty unusual for Brooklyn! And I think the weather has been extreme. I There hasn't been much city maintenance of street trees for many years as far as I know.
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August 28, 2011 9:40 PM - Donatella
Wonton, this is nature's pruning. That is why it is better to have trees well pruned so you can control the damage. Our trees on my street were pruned by the city two summers ago. I have to tell you a story. When I was living in Kansas City, we had an ice storm. It was a serious PIA. I had no power for 5 days (other places up to two weeks) and with no power is no heat. But the really amazing thing was the damage to the trees. I lay in bed the night of the storm hearing what sounded like shots. All night long. It was the sound of the ice snapping off the limbs of trees. After it was safe to go out, I drove around and I was stunned. EVERYWHERE trees were split, broken, knocked down, laying across roads and the whole city came alive with neighbors coming out with chainsaws, chopping up the mess and cleaning up. It took a LONG time and I felt sick, afraid that the city had no trees left, but then when spring came around, you barely remembered the damage. The trees had exploded in green and were on their way of growing new limbs. I was in Kansas City last October and amazed at how gorgeous those trees looked. Even the limb that fell into my neighbor's yard, I was looking into the tree a couple of weeks ago and noticed it. It was sort of deadish. Well, mother nature got to it before I did.

August 28, 2011 9:43 PM - Arkady
Squad cars still keeping streets closed near the toppling spire.
August 28, 2011 9:45 PM - rf
Wonton, what blog(s) do you write for? (if you don't mind saying!)
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August 28, 2011 9:47 PM - Arkady
Bloomie's actually put a lot of money into trees - tending old ones & planting new. Within a month a neighbor & I each had a new one to replace the ones the tornado had torn down. Similarly w/ other friends.
August 28, 2011 9:48 PM - rf
Sounds like most subway lines open tomorrow morning:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/29/nyregion/new-york-expects-lengthy-recovery-of-transit-system.html
August 28, 2011 9:49 PM - BoerumHillScott
MTA is now saying that most trains will be running at 6:00 am in the morning, but with less frequent service.

The biggest change in Brooklyn is no C service, with A running local, no Franklin Ave shuttle, and no N between Kinfs highway and Coney Island.

I am impressed they got things inspected and running so soon, considering the flooding in yards and some stations.
August 28, 2011 9:49 PM - WonTon
I write some political stuff every now and then, but under an assumed name. It's pretty inconsequential really. Whenever I do write something interesting I promise I'll also repeat myself over here! :)
August 28, 2011 9:51 PM - WonTon
The NYT said there were busses running today and that they were free! Did anyone ride the bus today? I sure didn't see any.
August 28, 2011 9:55 PM - Donatella
I didn't even go out today. I went out to inspect the trees and the wind picked up dramatically. I figured, forget it, don't feel like getting clocked with some flying object.
August 28, 2011 9:55 PM - rf
under an assumed name? Ok Ms. Wonton!
August 28, 2011 9:56 PM - rf
(just kidding--it just sounded funny!)
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August 28, 2011 9:56 PM - BoerumHillScott
A saw a number of B63s go past starting at 5:00 or so.
August 28, 2011 9:57 PM - rf
The wind this afternoon really blew away the storm--the air is very fresh!
August 28, 2011 10:04 PM - Legion
Have a good night everyone.
...and stay safe out there! ;o)
Edited at August 28, 2011 10:04 PM
August 28, 2011 10:07 PM - Arkady
Yes, buses were running & were free. The arrival texting function worked too. Wait wasn't extra long. Very few people on them.
August 28, 2011 11:07 PM - Deleted
ugh - subways running tomorrow? lame
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August 28, 2011 11:38 PM - minard lafever
markets are open tomorrow. trains will be running. everyone back at their jobs.
What did you think? That this was New Orleans?