Postcards From An Underwater New York

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Once the surge levees break, the water level just soars and covers everything in a "reverse Titanic" as the following pictures demonstrate:

Ground Zero (via AP)

Hoboken PATH station (via @garywhitta)

Avenue C and 13th Street (via iWitness Weather):

Lower East Side:

The Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel is flooding... (via @NewsBreaker)

The Belt Parkway fully underwater

Stunning view of the lower manhattan black out (via @nicksummers)

14th Street Transformer exploding! (via @georgeweld)

Floating Cop cars in lower east side (via  David Schulz)


More as we see it.

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Mon, 10/29/2012 - 20:23 | 2929634 lolmao500
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There's sharks in NJ...

Jumping the shark, hipster style.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 20:25 | 2929647 Gully Foyle
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Creedence Clearwater Revival: Who'll Stop The Rain

Long as I remember The rain been coming down.
Clouds of myst'ry pouring Confusion on the ground.
Good men through the ages, Trying to find the sun;
And I wonder, Still I wonder, Who'll stop the rain.

I went down Virginia, Seeking shelter from the storm.
Caught up in the fable, I watched the tower grow.
Five year plans and new deals, Wrapped in golden chains.
And I wonder, Still I wonder Who'll stop the rain.

Heard the singers playing, How we cheered for more.
The crowd had rushed together, Trying to keep warm.
Still the rain kept pouring, Falling on my ears.
And I wonder, Still I wonder Who'll stop the rain.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 21:14 | 2929832 nmewn
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Why isn't Obama doing something!!! He wants these banker people to die for not contributing to him!!!...he personally sent Biden breach the seawalls!!!

Wheres FEMA and the buses to take everyone to the safety of Citi Field!!!

Why don't my ObamaPhone work no mo?

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 21:26 | 2929866 ZerOhead
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Obama is in a difficult situation right now. He has got to be seen to respond aggressively to the emergency however if he sends in the army/navy/air force tomorrow to deliver emergency caviar rations to the coastal hedge fund crowd and clean up their beach mansions he will surely lose.

And if he doesn't?

No mega $$$ love when he leaves office.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 21:27 | 2929880 JPM Hater001
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If there is one thing I have learned...Water always wins...

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 21:44 | 2929923 Water Is Wet
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According to the Weather Channel, there is 3 ft of water on the floor of the NYSE. Fuck yeah!

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 21:47 | 2929936 Zer0head
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Heavy Flooding Leaves Parts of Brooklyn, Queens Underwater Updated NEW YORK — Massive flooding hit Brooklyn and Queens on...

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 21:54 | 2929959 Stackers
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It's a Krugman Stimulus Wonderland !!!!

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 22:32 | 2930002 TruthInSunshine
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This will teach Germany, or other nation, for that matter, to dare never ask for a significant repatriation of their gold reserves from custodians of bailments at The New York Branch of the Federal Reserve.

I just pray that this doesn't affect bonuses at Goldman, JP Morgan and the other Too-Big-To-Not-Always-Win vital financial firms that are so critical to our freedomocracy.

p.s. - This is the official song of Floodapocalypse 2012 (the H20, and not BernankeBux, kind): 

When The Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin
Tue, 10/30/2012 - 01:08 | 2930530 SafelyGraze
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sandy = mother earth's way to occupy wall street


Mon, 10/29/2012 - 21:57 | 2929971 economics9698
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Blame it on Bush, it's his fault.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 22:47 | 2930150 Bananamerican
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fuck off Babs

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 01:36 | 2930565 jeff montanye
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you know much of it really is bush's fault.  he set a bad example and obama took it from there to new depths (and debts).  worst one two punch our nation has yet endured from the executive, imo.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 04:32 | 2930673 TWSceptic
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Bush did many bad things but also some good things. Lower taxes was good, but then you have to lower spending which he didn't. Reagan made the same mistake, although under pressure from dems. Under Obama you get the worst of everything: higher taxes, more spending, more regulation, less freedom. Trusting Romney to really change that trend is silly too.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 08:50 | 2930920 Gazooks
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Just what the fuck do you think two Bush/Cheney-off-budget credit card wars have and continue to cost the US now that that they're on budget?! You've got to be a fucking moron of the highest order to look back at what Bush/Cheney Republicans and Blue-dog Democrats have done and feel anything other than gut-wrenching disgust at what it's cost us. Total fucking puke!


So hate Obama like every fucking racist retard all that you like. It's in your stupid-ass true-believer-trailer-trash genes. He's nobody's fortunate son.


But, four years to undo systemic carnage done by Cheney-war-profiteer-parasite-post-capitalist-pilliagers like Willard-the-fucking-lying-sack-of-smiling-shit-job-destroying Gordon Gecko-esque-Robo-Romney and his asshole Blankfein-banker-buddies with their incessant, fascist Rupert Murdoch propaganda machine running 24-7 while CNBC market-spin-whores parrot every piece of Fed-induced mal-investment bullshit as IED'd VETS come home to find nothing but jobs as DHS wannabe cops stop-frisk head-bashing-minorities and jobless/homeless-VET-"terrorist" vagrants on broad-daylight-Bloomberg-sidewalks, under bridges and constitutionally illegal lock-up while ivory tower MIT-PhD's conjure new financial-fleecing-formula algo's for derivatives-black-hole absorbtion of infini-FRN-fiat as we churn through the disintegration end-game and over the cliff.

Romney's so way far beyond silly. He's a fucking con-man's con-man in magic underware who walks like a lying little girl. Be proud, America.


Tue, 10/30/2012 - 09:16 | 2930994 TWSceptic
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You're not better than the neocons in any way. Just go back to Huffpost libtard.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 21:54 | 2929962 Water Is Wet
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Update... Scott Cohn says NYSE is dry :(

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 21:58 | 2929977 Eternal Complainer
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CNN now back pedaling too.
Conflicting reports.
Probably the subway mixed up with nyse

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 22:19 | 2930043 greensnacks
Mon, 10/29/2012 - 22:44 | 2930098 Bob
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Interesting that CNN's programmers saw fit to push that story.  Seems it isn't true, they're now withdrawing it.  [Mass audience groans]

100 Miles west of Detroit, the winds are noteworthy.  In Michigan, we know hard winds; "Great Lakes Effects" tend to define our bad weather, particularly cold fronts howling down from the great white north, 60-70 mph not so rare.  The gusts now are up with the strongest we normally see . . . in the most hard core winter months.  What's strange is that they're coming from every direction.  A lot of people will lose power here before it's over. 

I've been hearing hurricane stories my whole life, heard many times that we'd see weather in Michigan as a result of hurricanes.  But this is the first time I've really seen any. 

TV coverage of the eastern seaboard is looking eerily like Katrina.  CNN is still seeking out low-lying areas to stand their reporters in for drama, but I suspect it won't be so hard to shoot gory scenes tomorrow. 

I'm turning in early just to get up early enough to see the water creeping over the NYSE, though. 

Every dark cloud has a silver lining, right?

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 21:28 | 2929886 fuu
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That's a great pic of the subway.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 21:32 | 2929894 nmewn
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Yeah, anything to keep the peeps mind off Benghazi. He's a great social worker no doubt...but I don't see how flooding blue country with green is gonna keep the rest of us from seeing fucking red.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 23:47 | 2930346 Oh regional Indian
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nm, my gut says this might be the election cancellation/delay wet-dream for the bomber in chief and his ilk.

 Esp. if they declare some nuclear plant emergency to keep people away.

We'll find out soon enough I guess.

Not good times, all around. Markets be damned, given what is hapening, but perhaps the markets will be damned too.


Tue, 10/30/2012 - 06:20 | 2930725 nmewn
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I have heard rumblings of it. But I think he's run out of audacity and time. That would go over like a turd in the proverbial punch bowl. We've held elections in the middle of plagues and wars...this one will be held on time and we'll get rid of this incompetent jackass for one slightly less so ;-)

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 21:41 | 2929897 Zer0head
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it never floods in New York City

August 1, 2012,  Floods Strand Cars in Queens


and more postcards from the past

etc etc


and more and more like the dude in the cayak getting his morning paper


with all respect this is being hyped beyond belief e.g Irene redux but the MSM would have you believe this

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 21:52 | 2929924 ZerOhead
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This will be on the front page of the NYT tomorrow morning...

Although it's starting to look like the damage to infrastructure could be substantial.

(It's a touch unfair to compare a temporary flashflood event to NYC's current sub-marine adventure however...)

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 21:55 | 2929965 Zer0head
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actually this was on the front page of the NYT oo I mean CNBS

no need for new pics

just recycle these from Irene (the non storm)

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 22:49 | 2930157 WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot
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I hope you're right.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 21:44 | 2929925 nonclaim
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ok, enough. you have become hysterical.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 22:00 | 2929986 toady
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Barack Obama hates black people.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 22:10 | 2930008 nmewn
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And wet people apparently...I thought he was gonna make the oceans recede?

Another hard pivot is called for here!!!

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 01:25 | 2930554 Freddie
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God is punishing NYC/NJ for for the Jets not playing Tebow. 


Mon, 10/29/2012 - 21:49 | 2929946 Thecomingcollapse
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Mon, 10/29/2012 - 20:26 | 2929653 ebworthen
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Little water sharks, the big ones are hiding in their penthouses wishing they could trade.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 20:50 | 2929752 Manthong
Mon, 10/29/2012 - 21:40 | 2929915 Whoa Dammit
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NYSE trading floor under 3 feet of water per the Weather Channel. 

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 20:36 | 2929697 SILVERGEDDON

Just the little people get crushed by stuff like this - the one percenters will make bank on this event. Prolly celebrating their insurance pay offs on the Hamptons beach property that no longer exists. Was time for a remodel, any way.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 21:08 | 2929814 knukles
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Insurance courtesy of US govt flood ins prog funded from US Treasury paid for by your tax money


Nice rebuild, Lloyd
Yours too, Jamie

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 21:32 | 2929895 hwwesq3
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As someone who has bought Federal flood insurance, I can attest to the total ignorance you must have to make such a comment.

Plus, where "flooding" is caused by wind pushing water inland, the coverage you need is for wind damage.  Flood insurance covers rising water.  People usually need both private (wind) coverage as well as federal (flood) coverage, then let the two adjusters argue which is liable.

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 22:56 | 2930176 LetThemEatRand
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Flood insurance for which you paid a premium is an entitlement like Medicare.  Insurance is for collectivists.  You are supposed to stand on your porch and shoot the water and it will go away.  

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 06:42 | 2930343 Zero Govt
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there is a difference between individuals going to an institution, like an insurance Co or betting office, and taking/mitigating their own risk with their own money than someone putting themselves on a throne and pretending he represents a collective and will do what's best and take their risks for them

as we see with King Cnute Ben he pisses away money in historic amounts backing high risk losers (Wall Street and Washington) who've created the most carnage in the economy recently. Malinvestment writ large as a NY skyscraper

Collectivism always tends towards the best (self) interests of the thrown and its ingratiated courtiers (the 1%) and the abuse of the collective (99%) it purports to represent

see Stalin, Mao, any socialist regime and any Govt anywhere in the world. All of them without exception miserable failures to improve anything for the collective, fab at eating cake themselves though

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 07:13 | 2930763 Freewheelin Franklin
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And making a telephone call before 1980 was an entitlement, as well, since the only way to do so was to use the government granted monopoly service of AT&T.


So, what happened when the monopoly service was ended? Prices went down and service went up because of competition in the market. End the federal flood insurance program and let the private sector handle it. Maybe there won't be so many people building houses in flood prone areas. 


(Are people really this stupid?)


Mon, 10/29/2012 - 23:32 | 2930297 knukles
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Flood insurance provided via the US Government was created the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, which was originally intended to provide property owners with a means by which they could reasonably (with respect to premiums and coverage) insure property and personal belongings within established flood plain jurisdictions proscribed by FEMA, the agency overseeing said program.
As with many federal programs, it was originally intended that the program be self-financing through premiums paid by the insured but in 2004 subsequent to a Congressional audit, it was found that the program had been running a deficit of some $200,000,000 annually.
FEMA, its programs and related subsidiary agencies are operated under the consolidated budget of the United States of America having responsibility for revenue and expenditures directly to the United States Treasury.  As such, losses aggregated in the insurance programs are borne directly by the taxpayer whether accrued directly against tax revenues or borrowings in the form of Full Faith and Credit Direct Obligations of the United States of America.
The net losses experienced by said program(s) (whether contractually bound as primary. secondary or in a re-insurance capacity with private insurers thereupon, directly or indirectly as may be covered by said programs) are ultimately borne by the taxpayer.


And if you‘d like further information on the Federal Flood Insurance Program (not wind, rain, sun, meteorite, Marmite, toothing children or rat infestations) I might suggest the following as a starting point:



Mon, 10/29/2012 - 23:50 | 2930351 John Wilmot
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Lovely program, taxpayer funded subsidies for flood insurance, which have the effect of increasing development in especially flood-prone areas, where development would otherwise be deterred by the higher insurance premiums. So we see the same areas get destroyed over and over and the people always move back. Is that an economical use of resources? Hmmm...

Maybe the government should subsidize insurance on igloos in the Nevada desert.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 05:05 | 2930685 Never One Roach
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"... ultimately borne by the taxpayer."


Thanks for the info, knuckles. Why am I not surprised.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 01:27 | 2930556 Freddie
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Don't kid yourself - Warner Buffert gets his Re-Insure cut too.   He is having a nice bath now thinking how to make a few billion off this storm.

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 00:33 | 2930475 hedgehog9999
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No problem, AIG and their brethen will monetize their payouts as bonds then Bernanke will buy them up!!!

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 21:24 | 2929868 Atlantis Consigliore
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Snake Pliskin, heard you were bankrupt.

"Call me Snake"

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 20:23 | 2929637 nope-1004
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Why are they on the road?  These people only had 8 days notice!


Mon, 10/29/2012 - 20:25 | 2929649 XRAYD
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Some of the parked cars just floated away!

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