August 27, 2011

Would the Last Person Out of New York City Please Turn Off Mayor Bloomberg's Light. Thank You.

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On Friday, city officials issued what they called an unprecedented order for the evacuation of about 370,000 residents of low-lying areas, warning that Hurricane Irene was such a threat that people living there simply had to get out. Officials also made what they said was another first-of-its-kind decision, announcing plans to shut down the city’s entire transit system Saturday — all 468 subway stations and 840 miles of tracks, and the rest of the nation’s largest mass transit network: thousands of buses in the city, as well as the buses and commuter trains that reach from Midtown Manhattan to the suburbs. -- Evacuations Ordered in New York as Hurricane Irene Nears - NYTimes.com

I think we can assume that "officials" all have personal and/or taxpayer paid for transport and some, like Bloomberg, have private planes and helicopters. For "all the little people" exactly how you all "get out" of New York City without a public transportation system is likely to be.... uh.... somewhat problematic.

I lived in Brooklyn Heights directly across the river from the World Trade Center on 9/11 and for the months that unfolded after it. One thing that was exceedingly difficult on that day and for days after was, well, getting out of New York. Rental cars were quickly impossible to get. Some friends, who really needed to get back to their home in Florida, actually bought a used car in Queens for the trip.

Another item that was passed over in all the reporting after that day was that the one sector of the economy that had a bump up in sales in the New York area were motorcycles. People, it seems, had figured out that if everybody who had a car wanted to leave New York at the same time the roads would quickly become impassable to anyone not on a motorcycle (preferably with a rider armed with a pistol).

New York, whenever lots of people need to exit at once, becomes a roach motel. You check in but you can't check out.

Case in point:

82-year-old Abe Feinstein, who has lived since the early 1960s on the eighth floor of a building that overlooks the famed boardwalk of Coney Island, which is in the evacuation zone and was alive with residents and visitors Friday. "How can I get out of Coney Island? What am I going to do? Run with this walker?" he said. -- News

He's not the only one. A fact of which it would seem the death-dwarf that poses as Mayor of New York seems vaguely aware:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged those who needed to leave to do so right away Saturday morning. The city doesn't have enough resources to evacuate everyone after the weather worsens, he said about 2 ½ hours before the transit system was to shut down.

With this one move, Bloomberg has rewritten the classic headline. Now it's MAYOR TO CITY: DROP DEAD.

Posted by Vanderleun at August 27, 2011 1:35 PM
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I presume Mayor Bloomberg is reading from Ray Nagin's "Katrina" playbook? At least Rockaway Beach and lower Manhattan aren't also below sea level!

Posted by: Alexander at August 27, 2011 2:19 PM

Yeah, Bloomers is an arrogant idiot but he does care about the really important things, like how many trans-fats everyone eats.

Posted by: Buck Floomberg at August 27, 2011 3:06 PM

Will there be photos of NY school buses under water?

Posted by: Donald Sensing at August 27, 2011 3:07 PM

Depend on public transportation and you are pretty much out of luck for any "emergency." On 9/11, DC shutdown all the commuter trains running out of DC. Metro still ran so if you needed to go from Silver Spring to Rockville, you could travel underground past the two primary targets in all the world but God forbid, a choo train leave Union Station headed north, away from the targets. I always assumed they dusted off the WWII attack on Washington plan which halted all trains to avoid having the tracks blocked but the Metro wasn't on those plans so they let it run.

Did they shut down the DC Metro this time, in 2003 they pulled all the trains underground for a small storm passing by stranding people like you describe for NYC.

Posted by: JKB at August 27, 2011 3:45 PM

You all don't understand. Bloomberg did not order those in low lying areas to evacuate the city. He ordered an evacuation of the low lying areas. In many cases this is a couple of blocks. Cabs were still around at 5pm, the deadline for evacuation.

Posted by: umbrelladoc at August 27, 2011 5:08 PM

Did you see the old newspaper headling. "Stocks Skid. Down Down 12". Down 12 is a skid? Wow, it just goes to show that inflation has hit stock market prices over the years.

Posted by: CBDenver at August 27, 2011 5:11 PM

They better leave. They we be inspected to make sure they don't have salt or transfats in their bags. If caught they we be subjected to watch Bloom(bed)bug's speeches forever.

Posted by: PTL at August 27, 2011 9:20 PM

Our ruling elite really are that stupid and clueless.

Posted by: Robohobo at August 27, 2011 9:25 PM

"Our ruling elite really are that stupid and clueless" Or perhaps they just treat the people as wimps and pussies too afraid to protect themselves and in need of the elites superior knowledge and talent to make sure they all live secure from a little rain.

Posted by: St. Thor at August 28, 2011 9:40 AM

You are right. It was incredibly stupid of Bloomberg to order a manditory evacuation, and then shut down the transit system, the only way most people could possibly comply with the order. If he had ordered a transit shutdown 24 hrs after the evacuate order, it would have made some sense, since everybody would have had a full day to comply, but ordering an evacuation, and closing transit within a few hours, incredibly stupid. Guliani was a pretty good mayor, but this guy is incredibly stupid, first the snow, then this.

Posted by: richard40 at August 29, 2011 3:59 PM
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