Natural disasters, like the massive storm that just tore through the northeast US, have a way of bringing out the hacker in everyone. Faced with a disruptions ranging from slow Internet to flooded homes, people take creative measures to have some sense of normalcy and comfort – just like the people of Thailand did during the flooding last year.
This being New York, there's always an eye out for business opportunities. Bodegas sold packaged goods and restaurants that were able to fire up their gas grills were slinging hot breakfast to apartment dwellers with no heat or water. With phone and electric lines down, cash is king.