Those words from Friday's NY Daily News editorial sum up how New Yorkers felt when the lights went out on Thursday.
I was 13 when the last big blackout hit NY. I remember being scared and listening to the transistor radio about looting and violence. The difference this time was amazing. I can't account for it, but I would guess a combination of Sep 11 and the fact that the blackout occurred in daylight (thus, allowing people to prepare for total darkness unlike '77) ensured a quiet night.
Nice editorial in the Daily Telegraph this morning.