Manhattan feels like an island more than other days. I already announced in my earlier post that the subway system would shut down. Fortunately, that did not happen during the working day. By 11 PM today however, the subway service will end. The trains will be brought underground on the express tracks of the subway. The bus service and the commuter rail towards northern parts of New York State, will also halt at that time.
The tunnels and bridges towards New York City, under control of the port authority, will be shut down as well. By 11 PM today to bridges and tunnels will close. since the mayor decided that no car would be allowed on the streets after the same time, this closure makes sense. The fines are quite hefty, $300 for non-emergency vehicles driving in the New York City streets.
The Staten Island ferry, that connects Manhattan with Staten Island, will be shut down before midnight.
Below are some images I took this late afternoon, next to these I posted earlier. Note that the “real” storm, that could carry 1 to 3 feet of snow for the city, is expected to arrive in about 4 hours.