Times Square In Hurricane Irene Is A Ghost Town

McDonalds 8th Avenue Closed

42nd Street In Hurricane Irene 2011

Well Hurricane Irene is starting up here in Times Square. There are still people walking around, but the city is getting ready for the worst. Subways are shut down and for the first time in New York City's history, and the trains were shut down at noon. We have no buses running and most of the stores are closed or getting ready to close.

Our building just shut down elevators, as per instructions from the city, to save electricity. I feel like we are trapped and I think this is wrong, as Times Square is still all lit up, using un-told amounts of power, and we are the ones that have to save electricity.

I called 311 and waited for almost a hour and the guy did not know what to do. He said hold on for someone that may know what to do and I waited another 20 minutes. The guy that finally came on the phone, said he had the same complaint from someone else in this building and that I needed to go online and look up the fire department number. I said you should have it there and give it to me. He said he could not change his computer screen with the hurricane instructions. Another moron, hired by the city.

So I go online and I call the fire department general number and I get a recording saying please call back 9 to 5 Monday to Friday. Can you believe this?

Do I feel safe, a little yes, a little no. I do not like being trapped without any elevators. I do not like the idea of going up and down so many flights of stairs.

Am I prepared, yes. I am probably more prepared than anyone in New York City. Since 9/11, I have for a very long time been prepared for anything just about. I have two refrigerator's stocked with food at all times, I got water, soda, 5 gallons of milk and I am ready. I got a case of Vodka and several cases of beer and tons of cigarettes. Times Square Gossip is prepared for a dinner party or a drinking party. We are ready!

Right now, I am making food for people here in the building that are not prepared and have no food to eat. I make a mean stew, and I made plenty of it. We have 600 channels of TV, The Internet is working and I am ready for any emergency.

Thanks for all the e-mails I have gotten from all over the world, asking if we are OK here at Times Square Gossip. It's nice to know we have so many friends and fans and I can feel the love here in our bunker. We hope everyone else in this hurricane, stays safe and cozy. Send us E-Mails and let us know how you are doing, or post a comment here.

Photos By: James Edstrom