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NYU Shut Down Through Wednesday; Dorms, Buildings Without Power After Sandy

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New York University will remain closed through Wednesday. Hurricane Sandy left much of lower Manhattan without power Monday evening. | Alamy

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, much of lower Manhattan remained quiet due to power outages, flooding and the shut down of the MTA subway system.

New York University, too, felt the effects of the storm, canceling classes as students hunkered down in dorms scattered throughout the West Village campus.

As of Tuesday morning, the school was to remain shuttered through Wednesday, according to a blast email sent by Jules Martin, vice president for NYU's Global Security and Crisis Management.

A decision about whether activities will resume Thursday and Friday is expected later today. Updates are also being posted to the school's Information Alerts page.

Several NYU dorms and campus buildings were without power Tuesday. Martin stated the university was in touch with ConEd about a resumption of services.

A walk-in clinic has been organized for emergency services, and students can bring their phones in to recharging stations at the Kimmel Center, Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, and the lower level of Bobst Library.

An explosion Monday evening at a ConEd substation in East Village knocked out power for much of lower Manhattan. On Tuesday, a ConEd rep told The Village Voice that power for most of Manhattan below 39th Street was out.

On Facebook, many NYU students reached out to assure parents and friends they were all right, albeit still in the dark.

Elsewhere, backup power at the university's Langone Medical Center failed Monday evening, requiring heroic rescue efforts to evacuate the center's patients.

On Tuesday the hospital released a statement that said, "300 patients were safely transferred from NYU Langone Medical Center to nearby hospitals able to provide the appropriate level of care."

Goldman Sachs Group President Gary Cohn, a trustee at the hospital, said the hospital's generators were outdated and the hospital's board was aware of the problem, according to Bloomberg TV.

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