The waiting is tedious. It was time to leave the apartment and take a walk. I had watched television coverage all day about the track of Hurricane Irene, posed to threaten the New York area beginning later tonight and into tomorrow, and I was getting a little restless. I appreciate the dangers of the storm. In the early afternoon on Saturday, though, I seized the moment before the storm's arrival to take a long walk through the West Village to the Hudson River.
|MacDougal Street, Greenwich Village, before the storm|
|Christopher St Station, all subways closed (closed with crime scene tape).|
|Christopher Street, near Bedford St, West Village|
The farther I walked west, the fewer people I encountered. I walked west on Bleecker Street and past MacDougal Street and then up Bleecker where it curves to meet Christopher Street. From there I wandered to the river through Zone A, the designation for our low lying areas at the water's edge. In normal circumstances, we call this particular area in Zone A the Far West Village.
|A restaurant prepares windows for Hurricane Irene.|
|An outlying band of rain from Hurricane Irene arrives on Hudson Street, West Village|
|Views of quiet Washington Street in Zone A|
|A Belgian block street in an area close to the water's edge|
The Hudson River was beautiful this afternoon, quiet and atmospheric and romantic, a little dark, a little ominous. A giant cruise ship glided down the river, a fantastic sight.
|Calm waters, overcast skies, Hudson River|
|The Norwegian Jewel cruise ship heads down the Hudson River prior to the arrival of Hurricane Irene.|
I usually don't mind when I find myself alone walking around deserted areas near the river. But I understood the reason why it was quiet today, so I turned around and took the quickest way home.
|Hudson River Park, looking downtown|
Images by Walking Off the Big Apple from early Saturday afternoon, August 27, 2001.
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