December 20, 2005

Hit the streets

The New York City Transit system has been shut down by a strike. Probably illegal, but you never know. Makes the city a little odder than usual. Firstly, Grand Central Station had an odd vibe at 6:30 this morning as I was passing through. Sort of an expectant silence, like it was waiting for something to happen. Then, there were a whole mess of buses and private vans parked outside all around the station to take commuters to points downtown. Then, the sidewalks were packed on my walk to work after the gym. Just packed. Lots of people walking who don't usually walk at all. Very interesting. And the streets had many fewer cars than usual. The police are enforcing a 4 to a car rule or else you can't get below 96th street. Thus traffic is way down.

I expect that the ripple effect of this will be very bad for the city, the merchants, and the employees.

Posted by Random Penseur at December 20, 2005 11:16 AM | TrackBack

As soon as I got my "news alert" about the strike, I wondered about my friends in New Yawk City. (The people I work with -- and of course my dear friend, RP!)

Oughtta be interestin', hey?

Posted by: Margi at December 20, 2005 03:57 PM

It's going to be horrendous financially. The last shopping week before Christmas and transit is shut down. They couldn't have picked a better time to go Grinchy.

Posted by: Jim at December 22, 2005 12:51 PM
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