THE ESSENTIALS: The great hurricane of 2012 may have impeded newshounds from getting into the office, but it didn’t stop them from working.
Wire services, newspapers and magazines opened their doors Tuesday to “essential” staff members, while the majority of their reporters and editors worked from home.
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This was the case for The New York Times, which opened its Time Square headquarters to a small number of personnel, according to spokeswoman Eileen Murphy, who added: “Staff has been instructed to work remotely.”
Steps away at its New York office, the same held true at Reuters, which, while officially closed, had a skeleton crew working away.
Although the office was technically closed, Time Inc. also allowed workers who “absolutely” needed to be in the office to work. The majority of staffers were instructed to work from home.
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Bloomberg News was no different. Bloomberg’s 731 Lexington Avenue headquarters remained open for key personnel who run their department’s “critical response functions and can safety travel to the office,” according to a spokeswoman, who added: “This includes a number of members of the editorial staff. The rest are working remotely.”
Even Hearst kept its doors open both days of the storm, despite the fact that the Hearst Tower is in the shadow of the widely reported “dangling crane,” which sits precariously atop a residential tower two avenues away.
Careening nearly 1,000 feet above West 57th Street, the crane, whose boom snapped off from a powerful gust of wind on Monday afternoon, had been a major cause for concern for city officials, who evacuated the Le Parker Meridien hotel guests and staff, as well as neighborhood residents and workers.
“The Hearst Tower was not evacuated,” confirmed Lisa Bagley, a Hearst spokeswoman. “The safety of our employees is our priority, so while the tower and the company are open for business, we have given those located in the Northeast the option of working remotely.”