Thank you for the write up. I was in NYC when the lights went out in 2003. Since there was no power I had to walk home. It took 5 hours to walk 5.9 miles. I was/am in good enough shape that it would have been faster but everyone was walking home and you could only walk as fast as the group of people in front of you on the bridge. Route at link Manhattan to Brooklyn.
My coworkers went out and got drunk but I hunkered down in my apartment with some pizza I bought for cash on the way home. Luckily for us the power was on the next day at noon. I was fine and I learned a few valuable lessons but everyone around me learned nothing from it all. To each his/her own.