Executives at the New York Stock Exchange put off a final decision on whether to open Monday until after Hurricane Irene hit the city. Like the crowds venturing out into the windy streets on Sunday afternoon, they seem to have been unfazed by the storm's effects.
"The Big Board is ready to open for trading Monday," The Wall Street Journal reports. Stock exchange operators huddled to watch the storm's effects, and ultimately decided not to call for the first weather-related closing of the NYSE since 1985.
But good luck getting to work. Much of the city's mass transit system is closed indefinitely, and local media predict "hellish" commuting conditions Monday morning.
"It's going to be a tough commute," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at an afternoon news conference.
Indeed, the big concern was how quickly the city's transit network could be restored after being shut down for the first time ahead of a storm. There was flooding at the terminus of the No. 3 line in Harlem, Coney Island train yards, and mudslides at the Spuyten Duyvil Metro-North station among other problems.
Whether the city can get back to work Monday depends largely on the speed of restoration.