An event as unusual as a hurricane bearing down on New York City was, of course, a huge news story, even if it didn't cause the widespread chaos it could have. But within that major event, tons of individuals made their own little impacts, for better or worse, on Gotham. It's those stories that we'll be telling in future years, not rehashing the possibly faulty weather reports. As the pavement dries and the subways get back on schedule, we present our roundup of the individual heroes, and zeros, who we will remember from New York in Hurricane Irene.
Heroes: The pizzerias and delis that stayed open through the storm. As The Wall Street Journal reports, a small but dedicated contingent of neighborhood shops and take-out joints not only opened Sunday, some stayed open all night Saturday, defying predictions of flooding and flying debris to supply the city with a baseline amount of sandwiches, groceries, and pizzas.
Zero: The Brooklyn Hotel that reportedly charged $999 Saturday night. [Update: Hotel le Bleu denies it intentionally hiked its rate for the storm, and says the $999 figure was due to a technical quirk on Expedia. A comment below identifies itself as the hotel's official response. We've changed the text of this entry to reflect the fact the hotel is contesting the story] On Monday, the New York Daily News reported the normally $250 Hotel le Bleu (which is already far too chic for the stretch of Fourth Avenue on which it sits in Brooklyn) jacked its rate up to $999 on Saturday night, just to squeeze a few more bucks out of hurricane evacuees. The news got picked up all over Twitter and blogs, so the hotel, which is contesting the accuracy of the story, is going to have a tough time clearing its name.