Is there a hurricane in your neighborhood?

New York City is a coastal city. Easy enough to forget until the weather reminds us that high tides (very high tides--full moon) and Category 1 hurricanes can swamp the edges of the city. Otherwise, it's raining, there are gusts, and the flag across the street has been taken down. No subways, no buses, lots of taxis, and people out walking. The grocery store was open this morning, but completely out of spinach. Spinach! People must be desperate.How's the vegetable situation in your neighborhood?

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.

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