No, this wasn't some special store display from Alexander Wang in preparation for Fashion's Night Out. Far from it, the taped-up windows were part of contingency plan for Hurricane Irene. The first hurricane to hit New York City in recent memories, the Category 1 hurricane dished out a punishing blow to the Big Apple early Sunday morning. Not only there were mandatory evacuations in neighborhoods all across the city, mass transit ceased operations the day before, effectively turned New York into a zombie movie backdrop. As precautions, most retailers closed early Friday evening. Others, like Alexander Wang flagship store in SoHo, taped up their windows to minimize damage if their windows shattered. Still some, like Diesel and Diesel Denim Gallery, took the extraordinary effort to board up their storefront completely and expected the worst.
At this moment, the first day after Irene, all 3 stores and their neighbors are opened for business as usual.
Photography: Poe for Freshness