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How did everybody weather the storm? Washington seems to have come off relatively well, considering the storm’s size, but the news out of New York is grim.



Photos of the Day: Sandy’s Quiet Beginning.

To Close Or Not to Close: With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the city, restaurants were faced with deciding whether to stay open in the storm.

Hurricane Jams: Remember yesterday’s storm with our Spotify hurricane playlist.

Not So Fast: Councilmember Vincent Orange is bragging about his campaign being cleared by the Office of Campaign Finance too soon.

Tenants Soaked: The hurricane even postponed a tenants’ protest over discrimination.

LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C. pols tweet during storm. Muriel Bowser loses power. Tommy Wells hits his favorite bar. Vince Gray is an expert on construction cranes [NBC4]
  • Nat Gandhi and Jack Evans are too cozy, says Jonetta   [Examiner]
  • Road paving behemoth (and certified CBE) Fort Myer Construction wants the city to hand over $7.4 million, “including $500,000 for finishing the job early—-though the project was finished well after the deadline.” [WBJ]
  • Jim Graham doesn’t feel like he needs to be investigated again [Blade]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Housing Complex columnist Aaron Wiener. (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com )

  • As of 7 a.m., 335,763 D.C.-area homes and businesses are without power. [WTOP]
  • Everything is still closed. [CityDesk]
  • Georgetown today vs. Georgetown in 1918. [@SegravesWTOP, Georgetown Metropolitan]
  • In a hurricane, cranes become weather vanes. [DCist]
  • Looking back at ideas that might have stemmed the tide in Manhattan. [Atlantic Cities]
  • D.C.’s houseboat dwellers have it tough in a hurricane. [DCist]
  • A brief update on the National Mall restoration process. [DC Metrocentric]
  • Renderings of the coming Champlain Street NW condos. [DCmud]
  • Today on the market: Three buildings in Alexandria just had their roofs blown off. You’re not really house shopping today, are you?

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Horse mask guy: the making of a meme. [Post]
  • The Post makes its own hurricane playlist. (Here’s ours.) [Post]
  • What superstorm? Michael Kaiser is talkin’ earned income ratios! [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • High Heel Race postponed till Thursday [DCist]
  • Also: Reel Affirmations Film Festival begins Thursday [Borderstan]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Six tips for feeding the family during a power outage [NPR]
  • Five hurricane-themed cocktails [NoVa Mag]
  • Feeding the homeless during the hurricane [Post]
  • Delivery options during the storm [Washingtonian]
  • Our kind of storm check list [Hill is Home]
  • Five more facts about forthcoming Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken [Eater]
  • Ten of the most scathing restaurant reviews [HuffPost]