Boing Boing ran this cool video yesterday by Joe Sabia: "Walking 3 miles from Mulberry Street to Grand Central on the night after Hurricane Sandy," Joe explains. "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.