Here's a cryptic dispatch from the Times' ArtsBeat blog:
As dedicated readers of The New York Times already know, the newspaper and its Culture report are traditionally produced each day from a 52-story building between 40th and 41st Streets in Manhattan, designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano. On Wednesday, the Culture department is trying something slightly different: Were working from an office in New Hyde Park on Long Island, designed by the architect I.M. Functional, and located just next door to the ambulatory surgery ward of a major North Shore hospital.
Why we are doing this, we cannot entirely say. It may be for emergency preparedness purposes. It may be someones idea of a field trip. It may be to entertain the unseen viewers of a hidden-camera reality show that we dont realize were a part of.
The post goes on to say that the dislocation is temporary. Let's hope no arts staffers (like classical music editor James Oestreich, pictured) get lost in the shuffle.