By Carlie Kollath Wells/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Tupelo resident Mitch Fly is stuck in Manhattan.
What was supposed to be a weekend vacation spent exploring the Big Apple has turned into rebooking canceled flights and searching for a safe place to sleep.
Fly and a friend arrived in New York around noon Friday – as the city was preparing for then-Hurricane Sandy’s arrival. The two were supposed to fly out Monday afternoon but thought they’d try to fly out Sunday as the city hunkered down and shut down public transit.
“All the flights were booked,” he said. “Our flights Monday and Tuesday were canceled.”
So, they found a hotel north of where they’d been staying – Chelsea to the Herald Square area in Midtown – and stocked up on water, drinks and snacks.
“We didn’t know if places would be open,” he said.
He’s been lucky so far. The hotel hasn’t lost power, the nearby streets haven’t flooded and the traveling duo found an open KFC to eat at Tuesday.
Fly has been in touch with his boss at Max Home in Fulton about the delay and said his employer has been understanding of his predicament.
He’s booked on a flight Thursday afternoon but he’s skeptical it’ll leave. Until then, the Tupelo tourists are walking the city’s streets and trying to get tickets for TV shows, such as Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, The View and The Colbert Report.
“The major stores are closed,” he said. “Broadway is closed. We’re mostly people-watching. … I’m thankful we’re safe and sound. It could have been a lot worse.”