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Empty New York

There’s not a lot of evidence of Hurricane Sandy in New York City just yet — though if you look hard enough, you’ll see some disturbing signs.

The storm is supposed to start hitting the city overnight, peak Monday night, and continue through Tuesday.

Meantime, the most obvious effect is that almost everyone has gone home. So a city that thrives on density is now full of empty space.

New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority, which runs the city’s subway system and other transportation lines throughout the state, shut everything down Sunday evening.

Here’s what three of the city’s busiest transit hubs — Grand Central, Times Square and Penn Station — looked like last night. For more, see the MTA’s Flickr account.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work