If you can make it in the Big Apple, the outdated Frank Sinatra lyric has it, you can make it anywhere. Supposedly. Well, they had their chance and plenty of warnings from Gulf Coast hurricanes, but NYC is only now getting around to planning to make a harbor dike against hurricane storm surges. Now that the seahorse has left the aquarium.
It’s really not a big surprise for a city whose pols concern themselves with soda cup sizes and the fat content of fast food. This is, after all, the city of Windows on The Hole, the seven-story pit which, in addition to a new, nearby, mosque is still a memorial to Osama bin Laden, more than eleven years after the man-in-the-cave rearranged the NY skyline.
Turns out the subway wasn’t the only thing that Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge flooded with old sewage from the East River. Windows on The Hole got it also. And that was perfectly fitting.
UPDATE: Thanks to current environmental laws, however, it could take forever to build a dike. Same problem Windows On The Hole has, in addition to NYC’s modern Can’t-Do Spirit. Unless it involves soda cups, of course.
MORE: Another part of the problem is the Democrat news media which is playing pattycake this time: “It’s like a Katrina rerun, with Obama as Bush, Bloomberg as Ray Nagin, and Staten Island as the 9th Ward. Only the press is going light on the President this time. . . ”