As I approached the office this morning, I was struck by the smoke or fog that was coming off the Hudson and seeping between the World Financial Center towers. It was reminiscent of 9/11 but, as it turns out, it was all fog created by fluctuating temperatures and reaction to the river and the ground’s heat – at least I think it was. I’m no science major.
I hadn’t seen the fog in the East Village when I disappeared into the subway at 1st Avenue and Houston. Lower Manhattan is literally closer to the sea and it’s surprising how it can be a different climate with the proximity of the open water.
Incidentally, none of the atmospheric somersaults was able to slow the continuous construction in the pit.
Yesterday, during a minor deluge timed perfectly for the morning rush, a construction crew effectively stopped all foot traffic around Century 21 as they rolled a truck out of the construction site.
Needless to say, as my fellow commuters and I became progressively soaked, our agitation increased. The pause ended peacefully when the truck pulled away after 5 minutes. No one was injured. Everyone was wet.
November 14th, 2007
Entry Filed under: East Village, New York City