it was a dark and stormy night

"Theirs was a New York love, a checkered taxi ride burning rubber, and like the city their passion was open 24/7, steam rising from their bodies like slick streets exhaling warm, moist, white breath through manhole covers stamped "Forged by DeLaney Bros., Picataway, N.J."  This year's winners of the Bulwer-Lytton Prize.