This was the scene last night outside Seward Park High School, the neighborhood’s designated hurricane shelter. There were plenty of supplies on hand, cots set up inside — but no one had checked in. A newspaper photographer and some Euro shutterbugs were the only passersby we noticed. As today’s 5 p.m. Zone A evacuation order approaches, we’ll see if there’s more activity here.
In a briefing this morning, the mayor’s office predicted the storm would hit the city tonight with winds between 55-75 mph. The mayor indicated there’s a possibility power will be cut off downtown, once the storm hits.
Here’s the latest LES-related Irene news:
- The New Museum is closed this weekend.
- The BMW Guggenheim Lab is closed this weekend.
- Today’s home-buying seminar sponsored by Asian Americans for Equality has been cancelled.
- A memorial service for dancer Alexander Espinal Rodriguez, which was supposed to take place tomorrow at Henry Street Settlement, has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled.
- Dora, the East Broadway coffee shop, is closed until Monday.
- Cafe Grumpy on Essex closes at 11 a.m. and will be closed tomorrow.
- Nom Wah Tea Parlor is open, at least until mid-afternoon.
- Russ & Daughters is open today.
- The Doughnut Plant is closed.
- Tre on Ludlow Street is opening today for brunch at noon.
- Orchard Street’s newest restaurant, Interstate Food & Liquor, will be open for drinks today (as late as they can) but will be closed Sunday.
- The Union Square Greenmarket is open until 11 a.m.
- Alias will be open for brunch and, possibly, an early, limited dinner service.
(more to come)