NYC awakes after hibernation

by Samantha Alisankus

Few things can push the city that never sleeps into a virtual slumber, but Super storm Sandy is one of them.

The storm, which hit New York City Monday night, pushed the city into a two day hibernation causing residents to evacuate, and businesses to shut their doors.

But today, residents awoke to a more familiar kind of city; one with busses running (though fewer than usual), airplanes flying overhead, and a bell ringing at 11 Wall Street.

The New York Stock Exchange, Amtrak, and John F. Kennedy International Airport re-opened for the first time today, pending the super storm. However, both Amtrak and the JFK International Airport are operating at limited capacity.

Although many schools and businesses still remain closed, the city is working to re-instate public transportation as many citizens rely on them for transport to work and school. According to an article in the Pioneer Press the city hopes to offer full bus service beginning today. The article depicts a slower return for the 108 year-old subway system which incurred more damage during this storm than any other storm in its history.

Despite the damage, an update from NPR announces that limited subway service will become available today, with more access becoming available tomorrow.

According to a press release, Michael Bloomberg remarked, in a meeting that took place yesterday at the Office of Emergency Management in Downtown Brooklyn, "Restoring power and mass transit remain the two biggest challenges in the days ahead. That recovery is a mammoth job."