By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN
(CNN) – The lifeblood of New York City, the subway system, showed signs of life on Thursday.
However, water in the East River's tunnels forced inbound trains to end their runs in downtown Brooklyn.
Hundreds of thousands of commuters waited in line for hours to board shuttle buses into the city. Mike Mcquilkin was among them.
[1:07] "This morning, I was up at 6:30 preparing to head to work at the Whitney Museum"
Four hours later, he had yet to make it to his destination.
[1:20] "It's all nature that's taken place and you just have to roll with the punches."
With the city enforcing a 3 person-per-car minimum for people crossing the bridges into Manhattan, drivers were picking up people like Joe Gonzalez on the street to fill seats.
[2:23] "I'm looking for a ride to Mahattan and I'll get one soon enough... You just have to get into a car that's going into a part of the city where you're going."
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