There's A Mass Exodus Of Manhattanites Heading Uptown In Search Of Food And Cellphone Power
Oct. 30, 2012, 1:38 PM
Power remains cutoff in lower Manhattan, and no one knows when it will turn back on.
So a mass exodus has begun uptown in search of two things: food, and battery power.
My power in Chelsea went out around 8:30 pm last night.
Luckily, my phone was charged up enough to make it through this morning.
But it started flagging around 10 am.
So I began trudging up First Avenue in search of battery power — and if possible, Wifi.
Along the way, I spotted the one bodega open in the whole area — with a huge line of people waiting to get food:
I soon realized I was being flanked by about a dozen other downtown sojourners.
We eventually came across a Chase bank on Second Avenue, where a kind soul had purchased a an outlet strip he'd plugged into a wall that was powering five phones (and one laptop).
I was able to upload my East Side photos, but there were at least a half-dozen (very anxious) folks waiting in line behind me.
Similar scenes have since been reported elsewhere — here's a snap from the NYT's Brian Stelter:
So I started heading back uptown and noticed there were lines out the door at any restaurant with its doors open.
Here's he line at a Bread Factory on Lexington and 62nd Street:
Rob Wile for Business Insider
The general scene is one of dazed frustration — knowing that Manhattan had it way easier than other places, but still not sure what's supposed to happen next.
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Black Blade: Desperation will set in for those unprepared souls as they wait for "help" from the government or whoever.