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A few years ago, New York City bureaucracy plodded towards eliminating rats from the subway system, an effort doomed to succeed only in drawing city residents’ attention to the burgeoning subterranean rat population. But these halting first steps displayed the city’s resilience in light of several decades of catastrophe. As confirmed by sources as varied as King Kong to The Dark Knight Rises, a few years can scarcely pass without New York undergoing a major catastrophe. Here, a mounted policeman patrols the Times Square area, mingling freely and confidently among the speeding taxicabs and pedestrian herds. This photo was taken before Sandy, yet is eerily apropos in light of the most recent disaster to strike the City.