Talk about strange timing. On Tuesday, director Ross Ching released the third video in his “Empty America” series, and it shows New York City wiped clean of tourists and traffic. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think that the video simply captured the city as it prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. (See images of deserted NYC here, here and here.) But, this video is all artifice, not reality, and it comes on the heels of two sister videos showing San Francisco and Seattle as barren as can be.