This is the view from my balcony at 7:00 PM tonite hours away from Hurricane Irene's arrival in New York City. The Hudson looks calm from here and the shiny new glass towers that have sprung up on Manhattan's westside will have a wonderful test of their state of the art glass windows. Meanwhile, officials in the city have given no direct instruction to the hundreds of thousands of Manhattanites who live in high rise apartment buildings concerning the safety of their apartments. Like a mantra, they have said that anyone above the 10th floor should move down to the 10th floor or below. Just what are we supposed to do? Knock randomly on a neighbor's door and say "howdy, what's in the fridge?" Apparently a Category 1 hurricane wind gust on the ground floor becomes exponentially stronger the higher up one goes.
The entire far west side near the Javits Center is a construction zone with Hudson Yards development, #7 train line extension, and Javits Center renovation all going on. Lots of potential projectiles on the ground everywhere. DEVELOPING