Well, that was exciting.
The funniest part was when people got back from their lunch breaks and were actually disappointed that they completely missed it. Apparently it was so light here in NY that you had to be in a building to notice it - anyone who was outside on the sidewalk didn't feel it at all. Here on the 9th floor of the Really Big Children's Publishing House, there was a distinct jolting followed by a sway.
The building shakes five hundred times a day from subway trains passing underneath it, but this was entirely different. I was actually a bit spooked because having been at the World Trade Center, my mind immediately went to a much scarier place than "mild earthquake", and when everybody around me started saying "What should we do", I said "We should probably go downstairs". They all followed me down, we found most of the company out on the street too so it wasn't just me. The smartphone set got right on the investigation, though, and within a couple of minutes had found out that it was an earthquake. I was pretty relieved, actually.