Gas nyc
Residents wait on line to collect free gasoline the day after a Nor’Easter storm in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy on November 8, 2012 in the Rockaway neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. - 

This final note on the way out, which will sound familiar to those of you of a certain age.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg instituted odd-even gas rationing today, in the wake of two storms and continuing supply problems. Odd numbered license plates get to buy gas on odd numbered dates; evens on evens.

Only 25 percent of the city's 800 gas stations are open right now, Bloomberg said.

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