For reference when the next hurricane hits New York, here’s a short guide of what stayed open (in Manhattan) despite the whole subway system shutting down. These photos were taken Saturday around noon before Hurricane Irene’s arrival.
Closed: The subway
That was a given. However, none of the above-ground pedestrian access to Central Park had been blocked off.
Still going: Horse-drawn carriages
Keep on truckin
Closed: The Museum of Modern Art
I know there’s an unquenchable desire to see those paintings of Campbell soup cans in person, but don’t tourists have access to the Internet to check if something’s open during a state of emergency?
Less naked: The Naked Cowboy
"Hey Biff, get a load of this guy’s life preserver."
Closed: M&M World
I imagine that if M&M World was on your list of must-visit places, its closing would be a particularly crushing disappointment.
Open: Forever 21 in Times Square
Gotta look nice for Irene.
Closed: The Apple Store
Yes, all of that white box has been there since July for other renovations. But that plywood barrier, that’s a special Irene decoration.
Closed: Subway magazine kiosks
Closed: Joe’s Shanghai
The main reason why I even ventured out on Saturday was to get one last serving of soup dumplings. Joe’s, and a surprisingly large chunk of Chinatown, was shuttered.
Open: Banh Mi Saigon
Vietnamese to the rescue! If you’ve never had a Vietnamese sandwich before, there’s no reason to go any where else in the city but Banh Mi Saigon on Grand St. near Mott. $4.25 for the best value pork sandwich in the five boroughs.
Kind of open: Russ & Daughters
Open at 9am but closed at 12pm.
Closed: Starbucks in Times Square
So much for leeching their wifi to download all the movies and music you can before the storm hits.
Open: MUD Coffee
A sign on their sandwich board said they’d be serving coffee, beer and wine until the power went out.
Open: Karate Practice
I’ve seen this friendly gentleman doing stretches and poses in Chinatown for at least the last couple of years.
Open: Coyote Ugly
Still dancing (actually, most Manhattan bars and pubs seemed to be open)
Open: Cafe Habana
Mmmm….corn on the cob and mojitos. The Cubans know how to weather a hurricane.
(Source: Flickr / zokuga)