NEW YORK (AP) -- Subways started running again in much of New York City on Thursday for the first time since Superstorm Sandy, but traffic at bridges backed up for miles, long lines formed at gas stations, and crowds of hundreds of people, some with short tempers, waited for buses.
Three days after Sandy slammed the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, New York and New Jersey struggled to get back on their feet, the U.S. death toll stood at more than 70, and more than 4.6 million homes and businesses were still without power.
Nearly 20,000 people remained stranded in their homes by floodwaters in Hoboken, N.J., across the river from the New York, and swaths of the New Jersey coastline lay in ruins, with countless homes, piers and boardwalks wrecked.
Downtown Manhattan, which includes the financial district, Sept. 11 memorial and other tourist sites, was still mostly an urban landscape of shuttered bodegas and boarded-up restaurants. People roamed in search of food, power and a hot shower.
Early morning traffic in Brooklyn moves slowly beneath the Manhattan skyline, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 in New York. Commuting remained a challenge on Thursday as New York City moved closer to resuming its frenetic pace, three days after superstorm Sandy hit the city. AP / Mark Lennihan
Commuters board a New York Waterway ferry bound for Midtown Manhattan at the 14th Street pier Thursday Nov. 1, 2012 in Hoboken, N.J. AP / Joe Epstein
Commuters wait in a line to board buses into Manhattan in front of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. The line stretched twice around the arena and commuters reported wait times of one to three hours to get on a bus. AP / Seth Wenig
Katie Lynch stands on the street with her dog Merlin in the West Village as she checks her email and voicemail on her iPhone Wednesday Oct. 31, 2012 in New York. Lynch, who lives on West 10th Street and Bleecker Street, said she had no power, cell phone service or internet service, so she needed to go out to check her email and voicemail. AP / Tina Fineberg
A damaged construction crane, top center, on top of a 90-story building, is shown, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 in New York. The crane was damaged in Superstorm Sandy. AP / Mark Lennihan
Men dispose of shopping carts full of food damaged by Superstorm Sandy at the Fairway supermarket in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. AP / Seth Wenig
A customer browses food piled into shopping carts on Brighton Beach Avenue, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. People in the coastal corridor battered by Superstorm Sandy took the first cautious steps Wednesday to reclaim routines upended by the disaster, even as rescuers combed neighborhoods strewn with debris and scarred by floods and fire. AP / John Minchillo
People wait in line to purchase steaks while George Elizalde cooks the food on a grill in front of the Old Homestead Steakhouse in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. In lower Manhattan, some stores were open even though their power was still out. AP / Seth Wenig
Shah Myah, right, shows a customer a flashlight as he works at a convenience and grocery store on First Avenue at East 22nd Street in New York Wednesday Oct. 31, 2012. AP / Tina Fineberg
West village residents use a FEMA lighting stand to charge cell phones and tablets on Bleecker Street following the effects of Superstorm Sandy in New York, N.Y. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. ZUMA24.com / Bryan Smith
Lisa Kravchenko, of Staten Island, stands amongst flood debris in her princess Halloween costume, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the Staten Island borough of New York. AP / John Minchillo
Joseph Leader, Metropolitan Tranportation Authority Vice President and Chief Maintenance Officer, shines a flashlight on standing water inside the South Ferry 1 train station in New York, N.Y., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The floodwaters that poured into New York's deepest subway tunnels may pose the biggest obstacle to the city's recovery from the worst natural disaster in the transit system's 108-year history. AP / Craig Ruttle
A dog named Shaggy is handed from a National Guard truck to National Guard personnel after the dog and his owner left a flooded building in Hoboken, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. AP / Craig Ruttle
On a National Guard truck, Ali LaPointe, of Hoboken, N.J., hands her daughter Eliza Skye LaPointe, 18-months-old, to Hoboken firefighters, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Hoboken, N.J., in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. AP / Craig Ruttle
People help push John Oh's van to the pumps at the New Jersey Turnpike's Thomas A. Edison service area Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, near Woodbridge, N.J., after Oh, of Blue Bell, Pa., ran out of gas waiting in a long line near exit 11. AP / Mel Evans
John Okeefe walks on the beach as a rollercoaster that once sat on the Funtown Pier in Seaside Heights, N.J., rests in the ocean on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 after the pier was washed away by Superstorm Sandy which made landfall Monday evening. AP / Julio Cortez
This aerial photo shows the damage to an amusement park left in the wake of Superstorm Sandy on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Seaside Heights, N.J. AP / Mike Groll
This aerial photo made from a helicopter shows storm damage from Sandy over the Atlantic Coast in Mantoloking, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Pool The New York Times / Doug Mills
This aerial view of storm damage over the Atlantic Coast in Seaside Heights, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, taken from a helicopter traveling behind the helicopter carrying President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, as they viewed storm damage from Superstorm Sandy. Pool The New York Times / Doug Mills
In this aerial photo, people survey destruction left in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Seaside Heights, N.J. AP / Mike Groll
This aerial photo shows a collapsed house along the central Jersey Shore coast on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. AP / Mike Groll
In this aerial photo, upended boats are piled together at a marina along the central New Jersey shore on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. AP / Mike Groll
Robert Bryce, right, walks with his wife, Marcia Bryce, as destruction from Superstorm Sandy is seen on Route 35 in Seaside Heights, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. AP / Julio Cortez
Robert Bryce sets up a U.S. flag he pulled from rubble while walking on Route 35 in Seaside Heights, N.J., a beach community that was hammered by Superstorm Sandy, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. AP / Julio Cortez
This Oct. 30, 2012 aerial photo provided by the U.S.Air Force shows flooding on the New Jersey shoreline during a search and rescue mission by 1-150 Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard. U.S. Air Force / Master Sgt. Mark Olsen
One can't tell the streets from the canals in Waretown on Barnegat Bay across from Long Beach Island on New Jersey shore, October 30, 2012, a day after Hurricane Sandy blew across the area. Philadelphia Inquirer / Clem Murray
A runway at the Teterboro Airport is flooded in the wake of Superstorm Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in NewJersey. AP / Mike Groll
Sand marks the floodwater line on the side of a house in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Long Beach, N.Y. AP / Jason DeCrow
This aerial photo shows burned-out homes in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough New York after a fire on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. AP / Mike Groll