Except the wolves were real, and NYC just was "lucky" enough to not get attacked for an absurdly long period of time.Historically, plenty of big storms trashed the place, with major devastation as recently as the 1950s. The problem is that people forget unpleasant truths far too quickly.
To claim "weathercasters" cried wolf is absurd. Modern meteorology may not be right every time, but if they warn about potential disasters they aren't blowing smoke. New York was not prepared. They conveniently forgot or ignored their past brushes with dangerous storms, and then when the few people keeping vigil over the threat said "One of these days a major storm is going to hit you, and you're not going to be prepared for it!" they took no heed. Then a major storm hit, they weren't prepared for it, and you blame that lack of preparedness on the people trying to warn the city to prepare?
Vulcanologist - "I'm afraid the mountain you all live on is an active volcano, and the potential for disaster is catastrophic."
Village - "Pssh! This mountain hasn't erupted within living memory!"
Vulcanologist - "Even if it hasn't, it's getting ready to. It could potentially erupt any day now."
Village - "Yeah, sure, whatever you say."
a year passes
Vulcanologist - "I've taken fresh readings, the volcanic activity is 20% greater than it was a year ago. You're sitting on a time bomb."
Village - "That's what you said a year ago, but look! No eruption! Face it, you're a quack!"
another year passes
Vulcanologist - "I'm leaving."
Village - "Why?"
Vulcanologist - "My readings indicate that an eruption is overwhelmingly likely to happen. I give it a week at most."
Village - "Hah! This again? Look, this mountain is a docile as a kitten! But go ahead! Run away from your imagination! No one here will miss you!"
eruption three days later
Handful of Survivors - "This is all that scientist's fault! If he hadn't cried wolf, we would have taken him seriously!"