Wow this morning's commute was an experience! There was major flooding early this morning in NYC and surrounding areas. If there is one thing I have learned in the short 6 months I have lived in the city, it's that whenever there is any significant amount of precipitation, be it rain or snow, the transportation in this city becomes a mess and you can count on delays.
This morning I got a call from my DH, and he informed me that none of the subways were running. That seemed crazy to me so I turned on the news and sure enough no subways were running. He asked me to look up the buses to see if he could find a bus that would take him downtown. In the end he found a cab (a miracle!) and was able to get to work at a relatively decent hour.
I quick got up and got ready knowing that it was going to take me awhile to get to work. I waited for awhile at the bus stop across the street from our building only to learn it only comes every hour. Then I headed over to Broadway hoping to hop on the M6 downtown. I was probably the 60th person online for that bus. After 3 buses passed us with only 5-10 people getting on over the course of 20 minutes I realized that wasn't going to work. So along with many New Yorkers this morning I decided to walk the 4 miles to work.
I decided to look at it as an adventure since I wasn't going to get there any faster any other way. It was pretty amazing - there were hundreds of people walking downtown - hundreds! I must say that everyone was in a pretty pleasant mood given that it was in the high 90's and everyone was walking to work. Everyone was sweating a ridiculous amount - and just trucking down the street. I walked Broadway the whole way with my DH giving me updates on how much farther I had to go because I really didn't have a great concept of where I was at times. People were making friends with those walking around them and people met up with friends and co-workers who were walking in the same direction. It was one of those moments of camaraderie. Personally I thought walking to work (although I was pretty hot) was a very relaxing way to start my day.
It'll be interesting to see if things are up and running 100% by the time we leave.