On Monday morning, countless New Yorkers braved long lines and packed trains for what was for many, the first time commuting to work since Superstorm Sandy arrived in New York City.
Among the straphangers was none other than Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who took the 5 train downtown to City Hall in solidarity with frustrated New Yorkers just trying to get back to the daily grind. The New York Post reports:
Bloomberg left his East 79th Street town house just before 7 a.m. and was driven in a black Chevy Suburban to the express 5 train stop at 59th St.
He walked briskly through the station and arrived at the train just as it was entering the station and boarded with a half dozen security guards and City Hall photographer Spencer Tucker.
The mayor said he'd be joining the massive headache of a commute on Sunday during a press conference with MTA Chairman Jay Lhota announcing that most of the city's transit system would be up and running for Monday's commute.
While some frustrated commuters marched back home after missing trains, one commuter acknowledged the realities of the situation,"There's not much we can do. We'll get there whatever time we can, and our jobs have to understand. It's better late than absent."
As for Bloomberg, this isn't the first time the mayor has taken the subway as a show of strength. Following a terror threat in 2011, he rode the train as an effort to show the city's transit was indeed safe. Watch below: