UPDATE: Dawn breaks over Marblehead: Marathon is canceled.
I'm transferring links from my other post. I've decided to do this because of an email I got from the Actuarial Society of New York (of which I'm a member).
Here it is in its entirety (except for the signature):
Hurricane Sandy continues to impact us all in the Greater New York area and beyond. The Downtown Marriott has sustained significant damage such that they are no longer able to host our annual meeting on November 8th. In addition, transportation to lower Manhattan continues to be challenging.
At this time, ASNY has no choice but to postpone this year’s annual meeting. We are currently working with the Marriott and other venues in Manhattan to obtain an alternate site and date for our meeting. We expect to know much more by early next week and will inform you at that time. Please be patient with us as this is a fluid situation and is still developing.
While we hope that you will be able to join us for the annual meeting, our first concern is your health and safety. The ASNY board wishes you the best during these trying times.
Hmmm. Maybe there were some other events that would have been wise to postpone in the city, eh?
Let's run down some of my links, plus some new ones:
- those insulated blankets they give to the runners after the finish line
- tents (the material could be useful, even if you're not going to be camping outside)
- hotel rooms
I'm sure there's more, but that's just off the top of my head. People could actually use that stuff, especially given we're having a cold spell and possibly another nor'easter come our way.
Holy shit, here's something from firedoglake which is definitely a lefty site:
For some insane reason, city officials are planning to go forward with the New York City Marathon on Sunday, the staging area for which happens to be on Staten Island. Unless those runners are using treadmills that can somehow be made to power up local homes, there’s no reason to devote precious resources to this race.