Hurricane Sandy (8), no Marathon - Battery Park
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Today the ING New York City Marathon should have been held. The preparation had been going on for a long time. When I returned form Hawaii I saw the orange flags that mark the route attached to the street lights. All these flags had survived Sandy, but last week it was decided, after an initial intention to still organize the marathon, to cancel it.
So, today I saw a regular 1st avenue. Although, once in a while I saw runners making their way north, on the sidewalk, skillfully avoiding pedestrians with walkers, shopping carts, strollers, etc.
It is sad for those who prepared the marathon, but I think cancellation is a good thing. As long as houses and shops are being looted the police should focus on protecting those areas. As long as Sandy victims need portable drinking equipment it should be there. And I may say this: after a cancelled "International Four Days March in Nijmegen" event and eight months of preparation in vain, I know how it feels.
I took the restored 4 train service south to Bowling Green to see what the Battery Park area looked like. It looked actually pretty good. Apart form traffic lights that are still out and crews pumping water out of the South Ferry 1 Train station nothing special could be seen. Only one very ironic little disaster: the plants in the flower tubs of Bowling Green were dying, dying from LACK OF water!
More pictures below!