Minnesotans in NYC: Even Starbucks is closed

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Bloomington, Minnesota native, now resident of New York City, Lindsay Teed, said no one is out on the streets in her residential area in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Irene. Living in the Central Park West neighborhood, she said all the area stores are closed. “We couldn’t even get Starbucks today.”

The city closed Central Park and no one is allowed to go into the Park. “Everyone is high on drama,” said Lindsay, 26. “I’m not going to be able to sleep tonight because it’s supposed to hit and in case [Mayor] Bloomberg goes on TV and tells everyone to leave.”

Her sister, University of Minnesota Twin Cities student Kelley, 21, is visiting. (Both are my daughters.) Her stay has been extended due to airline cancellations.

(Above) Survival gear for a walk around Manhattan. Left, Michael Fritz, Lindsay Teed, Kelley Teed.

(Above) Cardboard tapped up and a Hurricane Irene survival kit in the Manhattan apartment of Minnesota native Lindsay Teed.

(Above) The clouds roll into Manhattan late afternoon.

(Above) The normally congested streets of Manhattan are deserted.

(Above) Central Park was closed in anticipation of Hurricane Irene.