Since a Frankenstorm and related full moon events are likely troubling our New York area readership, I thought I would offer some Monday reading suggestions.
For those looking to take their minds off of all the anticipated hurricane-crazed werewolf attacks…
- For those of you who prefer Utilitarianism to Pareto and are fans of mass transit, I offer this lovely article on how making mass transit free saved a town’s transit system.
- For map fans I offer this post on unconventional maps of New York City. These are fun and educational, I learned that the Suzanne Vega “Tom’s Diner” was not the one in Brooklyn, as I had been told, but rather one located in Manhattan. sigh.
- For architectural fans here are some designs that never were and here are some spooky modern ruins, of the Russian military variety.
For those who would like to focus on the here and now…
- Perhaps a look at the OEM website would be helpful in confirming that you are ready for whatever hurricane related shenanigans may occur. (Hint: buy Gin, not Vodka, because it will last longer and makes better martinis)
- And be sure to check to see what evacuation zone you are in or check out this lovely map of the evac zones. As of Sunday afternoon there has already been an evacuation of the lower lying areas (and those in skyscrapers should take shelter below the 10th floor), so best of luck to the evacuees! My thoughts are with you, Red Hook.
- Also track whether transit is happening. I imagine that the Gov had a Star Wars ‘compactor scene’ moment at some point late Saturday night after a couple martinis (Cuomo=Luke, Lhota=C-3PO, lowly MTA engineer=R2-D2, Bloomberg=Leia, or is he Han Solo?). Although I generally believe everyone in Albany refuses to make decisions until the third martini. [To be fair, I have never been there, and it is entirely possible that they prefer gimlets.]
- Some notable cancellations include the pickle festival, which is rescheduled, Google’s Android event is cancelled, school children are running free and Fresh Direct isn’t delivering. Oh the humanity!
But seriously, stay safe, and be sure to check in on any elderly neighbors.