Strike watch: Day 1

Hiroko Masuike for The New York Times: A sign is posted at an entrance to the Times Square subway station at 4 a.m. today as a transit strike went into effect across the city.[Link and photo source: NYTimes]

I’m staying home, at least for the time being. If I could get to Grand Central, I could catch Metro-North to Westchester County (just north of NYC), where my boss could pick me up every morning. But getting to Grand Central is tremendous “if” because we’ve been completely unable to find a way to make it work.

Jen found a ride via Craig’s List; she walks about a quarter mile to Broadway and Flushing Ave. to meet her drivers every morning at 8am. They’ll drop her off at 34th and Park in Manhattan, from which point she’ll walk to 51st and Lex. In the evening, she’s on her own to get home, but her firm is providing a daily stipend for parking, cabs, or car services, so assuming Jen can catch a cab or car service, that’s how she’ll get home.

To hell with the MTA and TWU for not reaching terms sooner and avoiding this horrific mess.