NY is not a small town and its true that NYC is more than capable of handling many things at once. But the focus should be on priorities rather than multi tasking at this difficult time. IMHO restoring power,public transportation and public safety should be the NYC's Number One priority.
I do feel sorry for those runners who have been training so hard for this race but I think they understand why this needed to be done. Marathon is the pride of NYC but it definitely can take a back seat as NYC has more important things to deal with now.
The mind is like a parachute, it only works when open.....Thomas Dewey