Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Just How Flooded is Lincoln Center?

The New York Philharmonic has just issued a press release noting that the concert they have scheduled for 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday evening, at Avery Fisher, has been cancelled:

Due to the continuing ramifications of Hurricane Sandy, the New York Philharmonic has cancelled the Rush Hour concert scheduled for Wednesday, October 31, at 6:45pm, at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.  This decision has been made in the interest of the safety and well-being of the Musicians of the Orchestra, our audience, and additional personnel associated with the concert presentation.

Ticket holders can exchange their tickets any time within the next week for any other New York Philharmonic subscription during the 2012-13 season.  They can make the exchange online at nyphil.org, via telephone by calling 212-875-5656, or in person at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office.  They can also request a refund online at customerservice@nyphil.org, by calling Customer Relations at 212-875-5656, or in person at Avery Fisher Hall. 
However, the Met's home page says that while today's scheduled Turandot is cancelled, tomorrow's performance of The Tempest will go on as planned.

The state of Lincoln Center (and the safety of the Met's personnel) aside, as far as I can tell, the buses and subways won't be running as usual tomorrow, so I'm wondering just how the Met audience is expected to get to the opera house. Gondola, perhaps?


Raeburn10025 said...

MTA buses will be running on a limited bases, for free. It's interesting that the NY Phil tweeted the cancellation of tomorrow's rush hour concert a few minutes ago, and then almost instantly deleted the tweet.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Ah, so there IS transportation, to a limited degree. I wonder if I'm going to get a second press release from the Phil saying "oops, somebody hit send too soon."

Alex Ross said...

Hysterical media coverage may be giving a distorted picture of what's actually happening here in NYC. Parts of the city are badly hit and experienced flooding during Monday's high tide, but not the Upper West Side, much of which lies on higher land. Cabs are on the streets and some buses are running. Thousands of people live within walking distance of Lincoln Center. Gondolas will get you nowhere unless they have wheels. — Alex Ross

Lisa Hirsch said...

Your own photos and videos were kinda hair-raising, Alex!

I'm not sure that I'd call the media coverage hysterical, though certainly the photographic coverage focussed on the more spectacular damage - flooded tunnels, cars afloat, the fire that burned 100 homes down. It's not every day that a couple of million lose power, 50 people die in various kinds of storm-related accidents, and so on.