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

via jenniferdopazo

"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


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October 31, 2012