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Shoppers Ready for Hurricane, Mayor Says City Offices Will Stay Open

NEW YORK CITY — As New Yorkers filled shopping carts with both necessities  and “hurricane party” supplies, Mayor Bloomberg said the city was prepared for  anything, but not expecting the worst.

“This is a dangerous storm, but I think we are going to be okay,” Mayor  Bloomberg told reporters.

“It’s nothing we don’t think we can handle,” he added later, speaking from  the Brooklyn headquarters of the Office of Emergency Management.

City offices would remain open on Monday, he said, and sanitation pickup  would continue as usual, though he said customers should weigh trash bags if  needed in the high winds.

Customers waited in line at Fairway in Brooklyn, on October 27, 2012.

Bloomberg said the city would determine on Sunday whether or not public  schools would open next week, adding that it was somewhat dependent on if the  MTA proceeds with an emergency plan to shut  down all bus and train service.

“If there is no mass transit, we’ll have to see,” he said. East River ferry  services would be closed until further notice starting Saturday evening, he  said.

All activities in city parks would be ending at 2 p.m., and parks will be  emptied and closed at 5 p.m., he said.

He then pleaded with surfers to skip the mammoth waves.

“The beaches are dangerous, and the surfing especially is dangerous,” said  Bloomberg, then added, speaking for the sake of emergency workers’ safety: “You  just don’t have a right to do that to somebody else.”

Meanwhile, New Yorkers took the impending approach of Hurricane Sandy as a  chance to get shopping done, and for some, to party.

At Fairway in Brooklyn — which is in a Zone A, or low-lying flood-prone area  at the base of a pier — batteries, water, bread and milk were flying off the  shelves, but a manager said no advance plan was in place to close early Sunday  for the storm.

“We have to wait until it hits,” said Andy Zuleta, general manager, who said  safety of workers was a priority.

“We are monitoring the storm every hour. We have an emergency response team,  and we have sandbags ready in case we need them,” he added.

He said they had seen an uptick in sales, and were selling an “unusual  amount” of the necessities.

“It’s been busier than a normal Saturday,” he said, despite being busy every  Saturday. “It’s just we’ve been getting hit a little harder.”

On the Upper East Side, at D’Agostino on East 79th Street was also seeing an  uptick in sales.

“It’s a little busier than a usual Saturday morning,” said manager Carlos  Hidalgo, 50. “I think today’s sales are up by maybe 35-40% compared to a normal  Saturday.”

Semi-retired writer Arnold Myer, 70, was stocking up, with 5 gallons of water  in his cart. “You need candles, cash, canned food and water,” he said. “Both my  wife and myself are prepared when [the hurricane] happens.”

“I’m hearing that a lot of people are going to have Hurricane Sandy parties  over the weekend,” said Jospeh Brown, 39, who works at the store.  “That’s  just how New Yorkers deal with bad things.”

Source: DNA Info

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