It now seems certain that a massive catastrophe is going to hit New York City this weekend.
I am not, however, referring to Hurricane Irene. Neither am I imagining another great earthquake like that of a few days ago.
I am referring instead to the decision by Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo to have all public transportation shut down beginning at 12 noon tomorrow. (The hurricane, or whatever remains of it at that point, is due to be over New York City the following day: Sunday.) This includes all subway trains, city buses, commuter railways in the area—everything. As far as I know, this is completely unprecedented; i.e. for a complete system-wide shutdown to be announced a day in advance, for what will presumably be the best part of 48 hours. Continue reading Catastrophe to Hit New York City