NEW YORK - When I arrived here Saturday for a convention, I took the usual cab ride into Manhattan from LaGuardia. As we pulled off FDR into the east side area, we noticed traffic was bad.
OK - it's New York, traffic is always bad.
Still, our driver seem particularly agitated. He knew something was going on.
And oh, was it. The east side of New York City was practically at a standstill because of the fatal crane collapse.
But it wasn't a text message, the in-cab entertainment and news system or a cell phone call that alerted us to the breaking news. It was the ol' radio.
From the moment we left LaGuardia, my cab driver would turn up the radio during news/traffic segments, potting it down only for commercials.
As 1010 WINS came back from break, we heard the breaking news lead in. Something about, "Emergency officials are on the scene on the far east side following that crane collapse."
We heard the cross-streets affected as we hit an intersection. Two slow-moving blocks later we we're right in the thick of the accident perimeter; too late to avoid it, but early enough that our driver knew to get away from it. Thanks to the update from WINS, he navigated away from the closed blocks and onward to our destination.
Give or take a few horn honks, that is.