Around 30 minutes ago in between bursts of rain, I ventured out to the 7th Ave. subway stop along the B/Q at Flatbush Ave., and it’s shut. Since the MTA’s system wasn’t built with doors — why would you want to block stations that are never supposed to close? — the low-tech pink warning tape is all that’s stopping anyone from getting into the subway system. It’s quiet out there as people are gearing up to stay home for the storm.
The MTA this afternoon has posted a bunch of great photos from their storm prep. Earlier this morning, Jay Walder greeted Rockaway residents as they evacuated the area. Crews installed AquaDams to prevent flooding in the LIRR tubes into Penn Station, and Grand Central is a ghost town. The MTA doesn’t yet know when full service will be restored, but I’ll update the site as news develops. Stay safe.
After the jump, a look into Grand Central with no one in it. This isn’t a still from Vanilla Sky.