Peter Kafka

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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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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik