|Naked Cowboy is naked no more. He wears a life vest in preparation for "Irene."|
|Sand bags at the Gap|
|The Apple Store Fifth Avenue|
|Victorian Gardens in Central Park|
|Central Park and midtown skyline|
As the massive hurricane "Irene" approaches the New York City area, transit systems, businesses, airports and Broadway shows have shut down today. These images were taken this afternoon as the city prepares for the hurricane. Mayor Michael Bloomberg also ordered an unprecedented mass evacuation of residents in low-lying areas. The closure of America's biggest subway system is the first time ever resulting from a natural disaster.