With the New York Magazine staff doing their utmost best in an improvised newsroom throughout the storm to get the latest issue out, one thing was certain, the topic of the cover. Entitled ‘The City and the Storm’, the cover makes highlights a blacked out Manhattan, quite a sight.

The easiest part of a harried three days came Friday around noon, when we met to settle on the cover. A photograph taken by Iwan Baan on Wednesday night, showing the Island of Manhattan, half aglow and half in dark, was the clear choice, for the way it fit with the bigger story we have tried to tell here about a powerful city rendered powerless. We crammed back into the conference room, raced to finish our pages, and hoped, like other New Yorkers, that everyone would find the lights on when they got home.