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Two Days After Sandy, NYSE Is Open, Zuccotti Park Lit Up But Empty

By Matthew Russell Lee

LOWER MANHATTAN, October 31 -- Two days after Hurricane Sandy, and a year after standoffs between Occupy Wall Street and Mayor Bloomberg, Zuccotti Park stood lit up and empty Wednesday night.

  Two blocks south on Wall Street itself, the New York Stock Exchange was lit up. But the block to the east was dark, as were the mazelike streets around.

  Had the moment come and gone? The Federal Reserve Bank of New York was lit up, a Con Edison 18-wheel truck rumbling in front. Does the Fed get its own Con Ed service, as it has its own police?

   City Hall was illuminated, while Park Row had no traffic lights. New York Downtown Hospital was only half lit, housing project behind it all dark but for flickering candles in some windows.

  A denizen of West Street told Inner City Press of his three hour commute south from 89th Street on the M15 bus. "I'll have to climb up 18 flights of stairs," he said, "to see if my dog is still okay. Then either take him uptown or just stay there in the dark.

  Another commuter told of a cab trying to charge him and his son $50 for a ride uptown, charging extra for the family of two which usually couldn't be done. Now with school canceled until the end of the week, new challenges emerge.

  The UN confirmed by email it is open Thursday, but did not mention the "problems" in the Dag Hammarskjold Library. Watch this site.

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