Now that Irene has come and gone, it's safe to say she didn't exactly live up to the hype generated by the MTA's unprecedented system-wide shutdown and Mayor Bloomberg's similarly unprecedented evacuation order for low-lying areas. (Also, the media. Sorry!) But that doesn't mean it wasn't still a pretty mean storm. With an assist from Daily Intel readers around the city, here's a look at how it all went down, from the preparations New Yorkers took beforehand to the uprooted trees and flooded streets that Irene left behind.
Hurricane Watch, Day 3