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A night at the station: waiting out the blizzard at Penn Station

A night at the station: waiting out the blizzard at Penn Station

Penn Station offers three oases: newsstand, Dunkin Donuts, and Java Moon Café. All closed. The station itself shuts down from 11:59 p.m. to 3 a.m., but when our train pulled into Baltimore's heaviest snowfall, near midnight last Saturday, the Amtrak officer said he wouldn't kick us out.

Good to know. Still, it took me a while to grasp that I'd be spending the night in the station. In fact, it took me all night. Uber, Yellow Cab, husband—none available. It wasn't lack of will; the streets were closed. Emergency vehicles only.

There were four of us: me, a Morgan State student, a guy in dark curls, and a woman rocking a Burberry capelet, mini, and knee-high boots....

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