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You’re Back At Work, But Do You Have Heat?

Manhattan is going back to work today. The power is on, pretty much. The subways are running, basically. And, well hell there’s money to be made, so get your asses to your desks.

While Staten Island is still a soggy disaster, Emperor Bloomberg has gotten the corporate centers of wealth generation back online in his “luxury city.” And so the city that never sleeps is waking up.

But just because we have power doesn’t mean there is heat. Yeah, the power is back on in SoPo, but in many places the heat isn’t yet working. (This is the case in Lat’s apartment; luckily he’s already in Nashville for an event tomorrow at Vanderbilt Law.)

So, I guess you need to be able to type with gloves on? A tipster at one Biglaw firm tells us a chilling story….

A tipster forwarded us a message about the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb. I hope Cleary lawyers really are like sharks, because they’re going to have to keep moving to stay warm today. In pertinent part:

[T]he steam network in New York City which generates heat and hot water is still not operational in Lower Manhattan making One Liberty Plaza and 22 Cortlandt significantly less comfortable than it usually is. Given these circumstances we will be resuming operations at One Liberty Plaza and 22 Cortlandt Street with several modifications to our standard procedures. We will be serving a buffet breakfast and lunch tomorrow as we continue to assess the availability of neighborhood dining options. We will also be relaxing the dress code until our heat is restored so that those who are able to join us in the office can dress comfortably.

Yeah, it’s not like heat is a big deal in New York in November.

You can read the full memo on the next page. It does sound like Cleary is doing its best for the people who are coming to the office today.

But why is the office open at all? If you have heat at home, why in the world would you want to travel to work to freeze your ass off? As our tipster explained:

To Cleary’s credit, the firm has been very accommodating during the storm (of course, they had little choice given that the office was without power until last Thursday and without subway service until Saturday, but I’m sure there was also genuine concern involved). Well, the Sandymoon is over: we’re all expected to report to One Liberty Plaza tomorrow despite the lack of heat in the building and temperatures projected in the 30s. Granted, that’s only about 20 degrees lower than they normally keep the building, but it’s still pretty chilly. They are making up for it by serving a buffet breakfast and lunch and relaxing the dress code, which is almost as good as being able to feel your fingers and toes. Given that working from home last week didn’t provide too much of an obstacle (at least for those of us with electricity), one wonders why we can’t enjoy the relaxed dress code from the comfort of our heated apartments.

Is this happening at a lot of places downtown — offices with power but no heat telling employees to come on down? It’s election season, so let’s take a vote. Then flip to the next page to check out the full Cleary email, and tell us your stories of heroic efforts to bill hours in Sandy’s aftermath.

Does your office have power, but no heat?

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14 Responses to “You’re Back At Work, But Do You Have Heat?”

  1. Guest says:

    Pics of Lat’s apt? Let’s see the original Lawyerly Lair.

    • Brocaine_Brandy says:

      It’s covered in photoshopped pictures of Lat with prestigious judicial figures that have been altered to make it appear as though Paul Rudd was enjoying a cold, refreshing Fanta soda with them, you sure you wan to see it?

      • JoePesci says:

        My apt is covered in photoshopped pictures of me with Rodge and various biglaw partners that have been altered to make it appear as though Lloyd and Gary are enjoying an appletini with us at Cipiriani.

  2. Brocaine_Brandy says:

    It’s covered in photoshopped pictures of Lat with prestigious judicial figures that have been altered to make it appear as though Paul Rudd was enjoying a cold, refreshing Fanta soda with them, you sure you wan to see it?

  3. IhateDisqus says:

    You’ve shown some real decency here Elie. This was your chance to openly mock those attorneys that haven’t thought ahead to grow a layer of blubber and you didn’t take it.

  4. Guest says:

    Elie, donate your UVA honey to the relief effort. Nothing tastes better than Virginia honey on some biscuits.

  5. anon says:

    This is ridiculous. Sitting in One Liberty right now and it’s fine. Cleary has been great to its people during this.

  6. Keith Olderman says:

    GLOBAL WARMING! We’re all going to dieeee! Also, GLOBAL WARMING!

  7. JoePesci says:

    If anyone doesn’t want to go to work because its cold and the subway is crowded, I will be happy to fill in for them. I will even work underwater if breathing apparatus is supplied. Please email me the info (including which partners are bat-shit crazy so I can avoid them). Prestigious firms doing complex cross-border transactions only please. (Rodge, you have my number–call me.)

  8. Ex-Oligarch says:

    “Relaxed dress code” is such a nice way of saying “bring your parka.”

    • Guest says:

      The downtown review project I`m on has no heat, when asked if we could have a relaxed dress code we were told no, “but you could wear warm boots, does that help?” Was the advice given to us from the project manager…3 people on my project still don`t have heat or power at home…

  9. Jane says:

    The downtown review project I`m on has no heat, when asked if the reviewers on my project could have a relaxed dress code we were told no, “but you could wear warm boots, does that help?” was the advice given to us from the project manager…3 people on my project still don’t have heat or power at home…

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