Submitted January 19, 2005, 9:40 PM

Where were you during the 2003 blackout in the Northeastern U.S. and Canada? (please include city and state)
In a subway in NYC!!
Tell your story:
I was visiting NYC from Oregon for the very first time. I was with a friend who lives in PA. We had just arrived in the city about 45 min. prior to the blackout. (I like to think that my presence in the city is what caused it). Our train had just pulled in to the Times Square station (thank God!) when the lights went off. The door opened and mass chaos ensued. Once we felt our way to the stairs and came up for air, even more mass chaos. We started following the masses. Where were we going? We had no idea. After a few blocks we decided to stop and try to figure things out. People were everywhere; they took over the streets. Everyone was on their cell phone but hardly any of them worked. The lines to pay phones and hot dog stands stretched on for eternity. People were amazingly considerate of each other however. People crowded around cars to hear the radio and seemed like they were trying to help each other out. We were all confused together. My friend and I decided to actually head back to the apartment we were staying at because we didnt want to get stuck outside in the dark if the lights never went on. We walked 90 blocks to the apartment. Yes, 90. So many amazing pictures are stuck in my head from that walk through the city. The steps to the Post Office were completely filled with people basking in the shade... large groups of Jewish Men came out of no where and walked for a long time. People smiled- they all seemed to know what everyone was going through and that was a tie that binded them I guess. Anyway, we finally made it back to the apartment. Just 13 flights of stairs later and a pitch black hallway and we were home- to no candles or flashlights of course. So that was my first taste of The City!
Name
Megan
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yes



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