As Hurricane Irene bears down on New York City, mass transit has shut down, and all 14,000 Starbucks outlets are deserted. It's spooky -- like The Blair Witch Project has come to midtown Manhattan.
Most local storefronts have battened down the hatches, preparing for a pazza notte indeed.
Broadway has gone dark.
Nothing is available at TKTS.
Even the halal guys at 53rd and Sixth have packed up and shipped out. This is serious! These guys usually have a line down the block all night.
The one store open in Times Square, American Eagle, does literally have a line down the block of people waiting to buy mediocre T-shirts. Does this signify Blair Witch possession? "Must shop! Must shop!"
Movie theaters, nightclubs, restaurants, strip joints: all closed. A few pubs nestled amidst midtown hotels remain open. There are going to be hordes of drunken tourists on the loose tonight. Look out, world!