We have news for you. If you plan on driving somewhere today, you should have already left. That’s because 43.6 million drivers are estimated to travel 50 or more miles from their homes to gobble turkey with friends and loved-ones this weekend. So, we just wanted to remind you that this is about what your day is going to look like if you’re still procrastinating your exit.But seriously, be careful out there. Today through Sunday are the deadliest days of the year on our highways. Keep it real and lay off the booze if you’re getting behind the wheel. And of course, have a great trip!
Post-Sandy, commute is a dirty word. With subways out of commission and people expected back to work, many New Yorkers have taken to the streets in cars and cabs. And no surprise, it’s unquestionably the worst traffic anyone has ever seen. Ever. The congested snarls stretch out for miles. Terrible enough if you have no power, if you have no gas, if you’ve suffered serious property damage or worse – you can’t even get to your job. As you’d expect, driving over a bridge in anything other than a bicycle is committing vehicular seppuku. So how does a person in the outer boroughs get to midtown? Our own solution this morning was to drive to nearby Dumbo to catch the East River Ferry, which has increased service to help cope with the road congestion. A tip of the cap to them for that. Take the boat to East 34th, and then there’s a shuttle bus to midtown. Ahoy, matey. It sucks, but everyone’s in it together.This has gotten me thinking about how incredibly delicate the city ecosystem really is, and moreover, how ridiculously hard this town works every day to provide the basic services I take for granted. That the trains will show up every few minutes to whisk me away. That I can raise my arm on a whim and catch a yellow cab. That I always have ample electricity and hot water. Not to be a Pollyanna in what for many has been a horrific Sandy shitshow, but today we’re feeling particularly grateful for our city’s pride and resilience, for its dependablilty, and for its collective unwillingness to stay home when there’s work to do.