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New York's Looting Situation Could Have Been Much Worse

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A smashed window at the South Street Seaport's Ann Tayor
A smashed window at the South Street Seaport's Ann Tayor

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Today's New York Post reports that 25 people were charged with looting during the hurricane Monday night—15 in Queens and 10 in Brooklyn. Further looting news comes from the southern tip of Manhattan, where several South Street Seaport stores were reportedly robbed after the storm smashed their front windows. One anonymous source told the Post, "I saw two people walking by the Ann Taylor store and reach in and take some shirts that were just laying right there by the mannequin." (Our own report confirms the smashed window, though we saw plenty of merchandise left untouched.)

As the Atlantic Wire points out, though, these stories don't sound that bad when you consider the amount of theft on an average day in New York. They're especially small potatoes if you start comparing them to disasters of the past, like the infamous "Bronx is Burning" incident. Of course, the crisis isn't over yet, but so far it's looking a lot more like the relatively peaceful blackout of 2003 than the terrifying blackout of 1977.
· Looters' luck runs out in jail [NYP]
· Looters 'swipe' up the mess in chaos zones [NYP]
· Looters Fail to Tear New York City Apart [The Atlantic Wire]