Once More, with Aplomb

New York, New York, a helluva town/ The Bronx is up but the Battery's down. And so it seemed last Wednesday, when the battery ran down again in Manhattan. This time the lights went out from the Battery to Wall Street through Greenwich Village and as far north as 42nd Street. The blackout came just before rush hour when a substation transformer exploded. On Wall Street, the looting was lighter than usual; the stock exchanges had to close early. The streets around Macy's and Gimbels were packed with evicted shoppers. Only the dead tired...

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