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November 4, 2012

Lights in lower Manhattan, misery in outer regions

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“This morning, I took a really long, hot shower,” he said.

Greene said one woman had stopped in yesterday to drop off $10 for the staff, saying she regretted she didn’t have enough cash to tip adequately during the blackout.

He joked that 28th Street, above which there was power, was like “Checkpoint Charlie.”

“You crossed 28th Street and people were living a comfortable life,” Greene said. “Down here it was dark and cold.”

Throughout the West Village, people were emerging from their hibernation, happy to regain their footing. Stores started to reopen. Signs at a Whole Foods Market promised that fresh meat and poultry and baked goods would return Sunday.

Aida Padilla was thrilled that the power at her large housing authority complex in Chelsea had returned late Friday. “Thank God,” said Padilla, 75. “I screamed and I put the lights on. Everybody was screaming. It was better than New Year’s.”

Asked about whether she had heat, she replied, “Hot and cold water and heat! Thank God, Jesus!”

Some lower Manhattan residents, however, were still without steam heat.

Michael Cornelison, 42, who works in IT, was glad power was back in his downtown apartment. But he said he had taken advantage of the darkness, too.

“It was nice to disconnect this week,” Cornelison said. “I slept a lot.” He added that he’d watched movies on his laptop, including “Hurricane in the Bayou.”

New York City’s parks reopened yesterday, and with Sunday’s New York City Marathon canceled, many of the runners who had come to town for the race worked out their frustrations with a jog through Central Park, the site of the finish line that won’t be used.

Others scrambled to rebook return flights.

Bloomberg reversed himself Friday and yielded to mounting criticism about running the race, which starts on hard-hit Staten Island and wends through all five of the city’s boroughs.

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