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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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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus