Gov. Cuomo declared a state of emergency on Friday and city officials considered evacuating as many as 375,000 New Yorkers as Hurricane Sandy moved up the coast.
With the deadly hurricane expected to smash into the city as early as Sunday, Mayor Bloomberg said he'd make a decision about evacuation by late Saturday.
"We are taking all the steps that we need to take," Bloomberg said during a hastily called afternoon press conference. "But the storm is moving at a rate that we're still not going to have a good sense of when and where it's going to hit land."