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.
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. - 
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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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