Powerless New Yorkers Find Creative Ways to Charge Gadgets
Hurricane Sandy knocked out power for most New Yorkers below 39th Street. But an outage didn’t deter those iPhone-Android-clenchers and Wi-Fi -seeking nomads. Many people trekked uptown to (creatively) make use of power sources.
Chase ATMs were crammed full of people who brought extension cords. And, conveniently, Starbucks left its Wi-Fi open despite closing all of its stores.
Here’s how New Yorkers went all MacGyver to get the juice for their phones and a reliable Wi-Fi signal.
"We're helpless without our phones! More people congregating over FREE POWER in the wake of Sandy. Chase was kind enough to offer multiple power strips in the ATM area." - ginanigido
"Payphones occupied." - vmegatrn
"Right now I'm in the corner store charging my phone because I still have no power." - myswag_khalil
"#TheEndIsHere" - danehurt
"#NOPOWER but Thank god to my daddy's work #van. ..WE GOT T.V and #changing [sic] #outlets." - stephdarwiche
"Party at Chase! B.Y.O.SurgeProtector! #NoPower #LowerManhattan #Sandy." - tifftheabstract
"Determination." - AmandaWills
"Every Starbucks I've seen is closed, but completely flanked by people. Why? It's still the best WiFi in NYC." - rembertmanx
"Starbucks is closed but their wifi is up." - scottkolb
October 31, 2012