Thursday, August 25, 2011

Irene is coming — are you prepared?

As the media have reported, we're doomed. High winds. Storm surges.

NYC Hurricane Map

But one concern that people who are concerned have: Fallen trees. An already soggy August will get soggier today with more rain ... which heightens the concern for downed trees from strong winds, per the Weather Channel...

So be careful ... particularly in Tompkins Square Park ... by the dog run, where several trees have already come down this year...

[Allen Semanco]

Gothamist has more on what the city is doing. And for another take, here's our friend Jen Doll at Runnin' Scared. Here.

Meanwhile, stock up?

The 5 Best East Village Bars to Watch Hurricane Irene (Kidding! Though I wouldn't put it past someone to create this me)


Ken Mac said...

Whenever a slight storm hits Gotham my seven floor walkup goes bezerk: Windows rattling, things hitting the building. This is gonna be fun

Goggla said...

This is one weekend I hope to be disappointed...

Listicle? Why not?

1. Mona's (back room far from windows, games, nice bathroom, TV, piano)
2. Blarney Cove (small front window, TV, good company!)
3. International Bar (good company!)
4. Bar 82 (couches for comfy camping out, back room for hunkering down, TV, nice art)
5. McSorley's (because what other time than a hurricane are you going to get the room to yourself?)

Be sure to also stock up on wholesale beer at New Beer on Chrystie.

Crazy Eddie said...

For this type of situation, I channel Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson andLionel Barrymore from Key Largo (1948).

Mr. Temple: Make the big wave. Send it crashing down on us. Destroy us all, if need be. But punish him. Rocco: Shut up, old man! l'm warning you! Mr. Temple: Hear me. Hear me! Rocco I'll kill you! Mr. Temple: Make a big wave. Send it against us. Take us all. But destroy him.


Frank McCloud: You don't like it, do you Rocco, the storm? Show it your gun, why don't you? If it doesn't stop, shoot it.

Substitute Bloomberg for Rocco does it for me.

EV Legendski said...


Ah, someone playing along!

In no particular order:

— Sophie's. Nice front window for storm watching
— Niagara. Ditto.
— 7B. Sort of ditto.
— 2A. Ditto from the previous ditto.
— Coal Yard. They have the space out back. Maybe do some laundry too?
— The Library. Back to the ditto.

Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

Are we prepared? Let's see...Skittles, check. Q-tips, check. Beer, check. Yup, all set!

Goggla said...

EV Legendski!

I was thinking more along the lines of staying away from windows, which is why I didn't list Sophie's, but that's still a good choice.

If we're thinking windows, then I have to suggest 2A - not only is it almost all windows, but there's a second floor for when the water level rises that high.

nygrump said...

Hurricane Party at EVGRIEVE's house!

Anonymous said...

An indication that I am becoming more and more reliant on EV Grieve: I have been scanning the blog since yesterday looking for hurricane info!

EV Grieve said...


The party needs to be somewhere in Zone A!

@anon 2:48

Thanks! Hope this delivered!

Anonymous said...

I wish Irene could have waited, at least until September 12. that's when there will be a full moon.

that's when you will see real flooding.

Marty Wombacher said...

Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets.—Travis Bickle

The Taxi Driver's wish may finally come true!

I was going to make a list, but first I need to get organezized!

Uncle Waltie said...

Got me 3 tall boys, a couple of bottles of Smirnoff. I would say I'm prepared. Wake me up when it's over. On top of that, my favorite room-mate ever turned out to be a stellar cook. Apparently, I was born under a lucky star.

Hey19 said...

I third 2A, also a ditto for spring lounge, always a good extreme weather bar. If you want to get closer to le serge, maybe summit et al? Rusty knot? ok fine, now Im just listing bars anywhere in the city.

Uncle Waltie said...

"I third 2A, also a ditto for spring lounge, always a good extreme weather bar. If you want to get closer to le serge, maybe summit et al? Rusty knot? "

Could you name some bars in my 10003?
I'd be much obliged.

Hey19 said...

Bowery is a third rail on this blog, dont even want to touch it, but I will say, peels does have an upstairs, w good windows, and a pretty good bougey drink list.

Hey, hop in your canoe and get out of your zip code, see the city. Just watch out for sharks.

Melanie said...

@Goggla--thanks for the great tips.
Last I heard it may be a category 1 when it hits NYC--that's a piece of cake.

Anonymous said...

What was the hurricane when we were all told to tape our windows? In 1985? Total hysteria, and it was a dud in any case, but then again, I grew up with quakes in L.A. and evacuated numerous times from hurricanes in Florida. Note to evacuees from smug survivalist: trying to escape a hurricane is no fun, nor is being drunk in that kind of weather (believe me, I know, having tried to surf in pre-hurricane waves)--but I'm sober now and probably just jealous of you all.

Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

That was Hurricane Gloria, Anonymous, in 1985. Found an interesting column by the NY Times statistician, Nate Silver. He checks the records for all hurricanes (and the damage they've caused) since 1903. NYC has never had a direct hit. Gloria hit western LI. The closest thing to a direct hit on NYC was Agnes in 1972 but winds were only 65 mph and it caused a lot of damage. Irene's are in the 100 + mph range making this a Category 2-3 hurricane.

There's this, from Silver:"Factors such as the diameter of the storm, the speed with which it passes though the region (faster is better), and whether it strikes at high or low tide can have a profund effect on damage to life and property. These will not be well accounted for by maximum wind speed. Unfortunately, those factors will not necessarily work in favor of New York in the case of Irene, a stubbornly large and slow-moving storm which, according to some projections, may be more likely to hit at high tide, producing a large storm surge."

No matter what, there's gonna be flooding in the eastern most parts of the EV, but if NYC gets a direct hit, flooding could happen as far west as AVE A, according to NYC's hurricane map.