Thousands of other athletes from around the world ran anyway inside Central Park, where a little more than four laps around it amounted to a marathon. ‘‘A lot of people just want to finish what they've started,’’ said Lance Svendsen, organizer of a group called Run Anyway.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York state is facing ‘‘a massive, massive housing problem’’ for those whose neighborhoods or buildings are in such bad shape that they won’t have power for weeks or months.
‘‘I don’t know that anybody has ever taken this number of people and found housing for them overnight,’’ Bloomberg said. ‘‘We don’t have a lot of empty housing in this city,’’ he added. ‘‘We’re not going to let anybody go sleeping in the streets. ... But it’s a challenge, and we’re working on it.’’
The mayor and the governor gave no details of where and how the victims might be housed. After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita smashed the Gulf Coast in 2005, hundreds of thousands of victims were put up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in trailers, hotels, cruise ships and apartments across several states for months and even years.
On Staten Island, emergency management officials distributed leaflets urging people to take shelter from the cold. But ‘‘people are apprehensive and don’t want to leave their houses. It’s a definite problem,’’ said Fred Melendez, who helped run a shelter at Tottenville High School that was nearly empty of storm victims Sunday afternoon.
Fearing looters, Nick Veros and his relatives were hoping to hold out in their storm-damaged Staten Island home until power was restored. He figured the indoor temperature would plunge into the 40s.
‘‘If we get two consecutive below-freezing days, I'm probably going to have to drain the water out of the pipes,’’ he said, ‘‘and then we'll have to get out of the house.’’
Associated Press writers Michael Rubinkam, Cara Anna, David B. Caruso, Tom Hays, Michael Hill, Hillel Italie, Christina Rexrode in New York; Jim Fitzgerald in Mount Vernon, N.Y.; and Ben Nuckols in Belmar, N.J., contributed to this story.