Joe Sabia of cdza walked three miles (from Mulberry Street to Grand Central) in downtown New York City after Hurricane Sandy (video). He says “Everything south of 38th street was dark.”
1) People used pay phones.
2) Lone cops would stand on corners keeping an eye out on things.
3) A few bars would have candle-lit drinking hours. Which reminded me of NYC in the 1700s, if I was alive then