Thursday, July 19, 2007

Safe and Sound in New York City

La Ciudad is moving on, you can almost hear the collective sigh (just about everybody here thought it was a terrorist act) in the aftermath of the big steam pipe explosion that shook Grand Central Station and the surrounding area yesterday afternoon. The only reported fatality was apparently from a heart attack. There are many seriously injured being treated in area hospitals as well as injured emergency responders, firemen and policemen.

Con Ed issued a statement this morning. “urging all customers in the East Midtown area of Manhattan to discontinue their use of non-essential electrical appliances and equipment until problems on electrical cables can be resolved following yesterday’s steam-main rupture.” [NYTblog]

The area around Grand Central remains closed this morning, and thankfully no asbestos is in the air.

NYCity online "liveblogging" (or the next best thing) may be found here New York Times City Room blog
and here Gothamist. Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got a million things to do...
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  1. New York! What a town!

    So now we have Con Edison and terrorists to worry about.

    It happened on the West side of 41st and Lexington Ave. I was like a block away in the office. At first I thought it was thunder, but it just kept going for like over 20 minutes it seemed, then I was out of the area, but they say it lasted for hours, and it was very very loud.

    Very scary, the NYPD says it was not terrorism. They say it was a steam explosion. Smoke and steam went up over the 45th floor. There was no black smoke like a fire though. Out the window I saw people running from the area. It was pretty scary, I was positive while in the area that it was terrorism.

    There are pictures of a big craterish hole in the middle of the street with a red tow truck sitting in the hole. Terrorists would have had to go under the street to plant some bomb there. That's not the way they would have done it. We all can think of much more effective and easier ways, and better places.

    It happened right around the corner from one of the biggest creators of traffic congestion in NYC.

    Will Mayor Bloomberg do anything about Park Ave. being blocked off at 42nd street?

    I think Mayor Nanny Bloomie is a very arrogant man. I also highly doubt he rides the subway that much. He's the mayor, I want someone driving him around so he can work and make calls and stuff. New Yorkers shouldn't want him wasting all that time on the subway.

    We all have to wonder what Bloomberg is really thinking of with this congestion pricing tax scheme. Maybe he mostly just wants a new tax. Just wrap it up in ‘concern for the environment’, and then people can just demonize those who oppose it.

    If he cares so much about traffic jams, congestion and air pollution, why does he let Park Avenue be blocked off? Why doesn’t he do anything about that?

    It's true, Pershing Square Restaurant blocks Park Avenue going South at 42nd St. for about 12 hours a day/5 months of the year! This Causes Massive Congestion and Air Pollution!

    But apparently it does not bother NYC’s Nanny-in-Chief Mike “Congestion Pricing Tax” Bloomberg?

    It certainly supports his claim that the city is hugely congested.

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    Thanks!

    :)

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