We Now Return You To Your Previously Scheduled Life

At about 2:36 PM I walked out of 55 Broad Street where I was finishing up a job interview (it went well) and decided to go back to Brooklyn instead of going uptown to see a freelance client.

I had just missed an R train back to Park Slope, and ended up waiting 20 minutes for the next one. The only thing that was different from an ordinary wait at the subway platform was a voice over the loudspeaker saying “Due to an incident at City Hall the Brooklyn-bound R train is running slower.” If you’ve lived any time at all in NYC since September 11, 2001 you know that this is now more common than not. Waiting longer for our trains is just another inconvenience we’ve come to expect.

Back in Brooklyn, it wasn’t until about 4:00 PM that I looked at Google News and saw the news that there were shootings at City Hall. After a minute of reading I realized it wasn’t another terrorist attack and commend Mayor Bloomberg for being quick to the microphones to assure the city (and the country, and the world) that it wasn’t a terrorist attack and that the situation was under control.

Posted by Cameron Barrett at July 23, 2003 05:58 PM