NEW YORK CITY – As New Yorkers filled shopping carts with both necessitiesÂ and “hurricane party” supplies, Mayor Bloomberg said the city was prepared forÂ anything, but not expecting the worst.
“This is a dangerous storm, but I think we are going to be okay,” MayorÂ Bloomberg told reporters.
“It’s nothing we don’t think we can handle,” he added later, speaking fromÂ the Brooklyn headquarters of the Office of Emergency Management.
City offices would remain open on Monday, he said, and sanitation pickupÂ would continue as usual, though he said customers should weigh trash bags ifÂ needed in the high winds.
Bloomberg said the city would determine on Sunday whether or not publicÂ schools would open next week, adding that it was somewhat dependent on if theÂ MTA proceeds with an emergency plan to shutÂ down all bus and train service.
“If there is no mass transit, we’ll have to see,” he said. East River ferryÂ services would be closed until further notice starting Saturday evening, heÂ said.
All activities in city parks would be ending at 2 p.m., and parks will beÂ emptied and closed at 5 p.m., he said.
He then pleaded with surfers to skip the mammoth waves.
“The beaches are dangerous, and the surfing especially is dangerous,” saidÂ Bloomberg, then added, speaking for the sake of emergency workers’ safety: “YouÂ just don’t have a right to do that to somebody else.”
Meanwhile, New Yorkers took the impending approach of Hurricane Sandy as aÂ chance to get shopping done, and for some, to party.
At Fairway in Brooklyn – which is in a Zone A, or low-lying flood-prone areaÂ at the base of a pier – batteries, water, bread and milk were flying off theÂ shelves, but a manager said no advance plan was in place to close early SundayÂ for the storm.
“We have to wait until it hits,” said Andy Zuleta, general manager, who saidÂ safety of workers was a priority.
“We are monitoring the storm every hour. We have an emergency response team,Â and we have sandbags ready in case we need them,” he added.
He said they had seen an uptick in sales, and were selling an “unusualÂ amount” of the necessities.
“It’s been busier than a normal Saturday,” he said, despite being busy everyÂ Saturday. “It’s just we’ve been getting hit a little harder.”
On the Upper East Side, at D’Agostino on East 79th Street was also seeing anÂ uptick in sales.
“It’s a little busier than a usual Saturday morning,” said manager CarlosÂ Hidalgo, 50. “I think today’s sales are up by maybe 35-40% compared to a normalÂ Saturday.”
Semi-retired writer Arnold Myer, 70, was stocking up, with 5 gallons of waterÂ in his cart. “You need candles, cash, canned food and water,” he said. “Both myÂ wife and myself are prepared when [the hurricane] happens.”
“I’m hearing that a lot of people are going to have Hurricane Sandy partiesÂ over the weekend,” said Jospeh Brown, 39, who works at the store.Â “That’sÂ just how New Yorkers deal with bad things.”
Source: DNA Info