The front edge of Hurricane Irene is here, the rain is starting to come down in sheets, there’s a tornado warning, and the wind has really been picking up. But some people were still out drinking after 10 p.m. Saturday at bars on Amsterdam in the low 80’s like George Keeley’s and the Gin Mill, says Upper West Sider Gavan Vogler. The Parlour on West 86th Street was open late too, Vivian Matz tells us.
Mostly, though, everyone’s been inside, doing funny things like making a “Pizza Irene” and watching movies. The mayor has been pretty adamant that everyone should stay inside at this point and wait the storm out. Things should really start to shake starting tomorrow morning, although it still wasn’t clear if the storm would hit the city as a hurricane or a tropical storm. Either way, it will probably be a little freaky, and glass could crack so try to find a spot in your house away from windows (see the full hurricane survival guide here).
Before going to bed Upper West Sider and New York Times editor Michael Paulson wrote this poetic observation on twitter.
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