Read the rest at Will Hermes’ website (and from his book) Love Goes to Buildings on Fire:
In Long Island City, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, and some friends were barbecuing hot dogs and hamburgers on the roof of Frantz and Weymouth’s loft building, 9–01 44th Drive, at the corner of Vernon Boulevard, right off the East River. They were taking a night off from recording their album; a cool breeze was wafting in off the water. Frantz was looking out at the Manhattan skyline when the lights uptown suddenly cut out, then the lights of midtown; in a few moments, lower Manhattan went dark, too. In their neighborhood, strangely, the electricity stayed on. So they all finished dinner.