NEW YORK -- His three-mile commute usually takes about 20 minutes by train, but with his subway line still down and buses overloaded in the wake of this week's punishing storm, Miguel Tiempos walked for more than an hour on a brisk, 45-degree Saturday morning, crossing over the windswept Williamsburg Bridge that connects Brooklyn to Manhattan.
“If I don’t go to work, I don’t get paid,” Tiempos said, his hands dug into the pockets of his cotton sweatshirt. “Maybe I lose my job.”
The night before, soon after power was restored to Manhattan's Lower East Side, Tiempo's boss called, saying he was expected Saturday at the Italian restaurant where he works as a cook. And so, like thousands of others throughout the New York metropolitan area still reeling from Hurricane Sandy, Tiempos was having to make do.
Electricity was restored to much of lower Manhattan on Friday night, and authorities expect that the remaining parts of the island will have power by the end of Saturday, but many New Yorkers continue to be hobbled by the aftermath of last week’s historic storm.