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In Blacked Out Lower Manhattan, Water from Hydrants and Pizza in Dark

By Matthew Russell Lee

LOWER MANHATTAN, October 31 -- Almost two days after Hurricane Sandy hit New York City, on Wednesday evening the lower part of Manhattan remained without electricity.

  Some residents headed north with rolling suitcases; others stayed inside high rise apartments, many with no running water.

  Con Edison is pathetic, a Chinatown resident told Inner City Press. Further north on 20th Street and Second Avenue a school playground was full of Con Edison utility trucks. It was unclear when the lights would come on.

  The busses were free but crowded and infrequent. Most stores and restaurants were closed, but some soldiered on by candle light, or sold their wares -- cash only -- directly into the street.

  A sample survivor was Mike's Pizza on 24th Street and Second Avenue, selling plain and vegetable slices for $2.50 in the half light.

Up at the United Nations, where Inner City Press covered the "historic" 3 pm Security Council meeting inside Conference Room 4 in the Temporary North Lawn Building, there was confusion how Thursday's General Assembly meetings would be staffed.

  Indian Permanent Representative Hardeep Singh Puri told Inner City Press that the meetings preparing for November when he is Security Council President will be held in the Indian Mission ot the UN on 43rd Street, and not in the Security Council's water damaged suite of rooms.

The second floor General Assembly, by contrast, was said ready for use on Thursday. We'll see. Watch this site.

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