そして今日の月曜日。相変わらず雨はふっているんだけど、朝の通勤途中、不思議なにおいが街中を立ち込めてるのに気づきました。amNYのサイトでもMystery Odorとかかれているんだけど、ほんとにMystery。明らかにGasににおいなんだけど、社内で流れていたメールでも、"there is no indication that there is any danger to our employees"というメッセージが。
Mayor Bloomberg said the city does not know what the puzzling odor wafting over Manhattan and N.J. is, but "it does not appear to be dangerous."'
Hundreds of calls came in about the smell beginning at about 9 a.m. from as far south as Battery Park and east to Union Square and all the way through the West 80s on the Upper West Side. The odor also could be detected in New Jersey.
Meanwhile, federal officials moved to allay any terrorism fears.
"It is still early but there is no indication of terrorism and there is no credible intelligence to suggest any imminent threat to the homeland or to New York at this time," said Russ Knocke, spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security.
He said the agency is closely monitoring the situation and talking with the local authorities, who are the lead in the matter.
"Expect rush-hour delays of up to 10 minutes on all downtown trains between 86th Street and Bowling Green during peak times of 7 to 10 a.m. and 3:30 to 7 p.m. Delays will continue until May 22 and will be less severe during off-peak hours. Uptown trains are unaffected."
"New York City Transit yesterday announced major track work starts then on the 4 and 5 lines that might challenge the patience of even the most Zen-minded straphanger."という文章が記事の頭にありましたが、こういう表現ってアメリカっぽいですね。
実は清掃局（Department of Sanitation)のSanitory Workersなんです。
1969年の大雪で交通が麻痺してしまったマンハッタン。市長の指示/判断があいまいで除雪作業に長い時間がかかり、大雪から3日間、NYerは身動きがとれなかったらしい。ブーイングを浴びた市長は、Department of Sanitationに除雪作業を一任することにしました。それ以来、Sanitation Workerは、除雪器具の使い方・メンテナンス、そして塩の撒き方の練習などをごみ収集の合間の縫ってやらされたそうです。
でも今までは記事をCitingするときは全部手打ちだったんですけど、そのままCopy and Pasteできるからそこは便利。
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