Day 2 of Irene Watch was a study in tedium and patience. Most of the stores were closed, including all the Starbucks, Barnes & Nobles and virtually ever locally owned business apart from drugstores, grocery and hardware stores, which were open till noon.
No rain in the morning, and pretty much only intermittent light rain all day. I got a coffee at Aroma Espresso Bar, which was the only place that was open. They were packed and stayed open till they literally ran out of food (and maybe coffee) at around 2:30pm. We know this because we showed up at their door at 3, and they were closed. So we settled for Cokes from Grays Papaya on the corner of 72nd and Broadway. You’ve never seen so many people stand in line for hotdogs.
Oh my gosh it was a long day. It’s not just that the stores were closed; in the past we’ve spent many a day inside, doing whatever. But today there was an added anticipation & tension. Mass transit shut down, areas (not ours) evacuated, Broadway shows and all sporting events cancelled, and then? Light rain.
Irene is taking her own sweet time getting here.
So at 4:30 Maya and I made the guy in the parking garage where we park our Honda move about 10 other SUV’s to get to ours, which was of course parked at the back, and then drove over to my friends Nan & Jeff, who live in the East Village. Maya decided it was time to buy Final Cut Pro, the video editing software for which she has been saving, but we discovered her computer does not have enough memory, and since the Apple store is closed…. It was Jeff to the rescue. We drove over, he installed an appropriate memory chip (and made Maya a plastic bracelet on his Makerbot) and we drove home.
In light rain.
Now they are saying the rain will kick in at around 10pm and the winds at midnight. Our lobby windows are all boarded up, but the 300 or so apartments which also face south are not.
The aforementioned Apple store, which is almost entirely glass, has sandbagged only their doors, draping them with plastic.
I may regret writing this tomorrow, but at this point we are over the waiting, and if this hurricane doesn’t produce the winds and water they’ve predicted we are really going to be annoyed. I know they are erring on the side of caution and all that, but still…
More tomorrow. Hopefully a post-Irene rundown…