Fri 2 Nov 2012
It’s very hard to keep up with all of the changing details for New York-area folks affected by Hurricane Sandy. Right now, a lot of our friends and family and coworkers still have no power, or are stranded without public transit. Mayor Bloomberg just announced that the local death toll is up to 30. So so sad. We are going to try to keep this live blog updated with resources and announcements. (NYC blackout photo via Reuters)
UPDATE (Fri. Nov 2, 2012, 5:15pm)
-Power Back in Chelsea: ConEd says: “#Chelsea network: #HudsonRiver on west, #30th/31st St. on north, #14th/15th on south. #5thAve on east” And 85,000 homes have power back on in ravaged Staten Island!
-Power Back in East Village: Electricity has been restored to 65,000 customers in the East Village and Lower East Side! Con Edison tweeted that power is on for the area between Canal Street and 14th Street, from Broadway on the western border and East River on the eastern border.
-Marathon Off: And….bowing to all the anger and outrage…According to Buzzfeed and NBC News, the New York City Marathon has been cancelled. No announcement on rescheduled date yet. UPDATE: The race will not be rescheduled. It has been cancelled. Here’s a bright note, marathoners are donating their hotel rooms to victims, via Race2Recover! And honestly, I really feel for all these runners who worked so hard and raised tons of money (which is a requirement to run). Many travelled from all over the world. The race should have been cancelled days ago so that they could adjust travel and focus efforts. Mayor Bloomberg’s statement:
“The Marathon has been an integral part of New York City’s life for 40 years and is an event tens of thousands of New Yorkers participate in and millions more watch. While holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, it is clear that it has become the source of controversy and division. We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it. “We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event — even one as meaningful as this — to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track.”
(photo of marathoners gathered at Javits Center, as they hear news of cancellation. via AlmightyDJko)
UPDATE (Friday, Nov 2, 2012, 3:30pm):
-MTA: The free rides are ending: the MTA will reinstate fares on buses and trains at midnight tonight. (via MTAInsider)
-NYT: Free access to the NY Times website is over.
-Car Traffic: The requirement of 3 passengers or more to drive into the city…will be lifted at 5pm, today.
-Power-Outage Victims: The New York Sports Club is offering free showers, power and gym use until Nov 14. (via WellandGood)
-Transit: Here’s a new link to the current public transportation maps (via NY1)
-Blood Drives: Here is a list of New York Area Blood Drives, many are open tonight until 9pm. Just go visit one and drop off some of your renewable red-gold!
-Donate Supplies: Here is a list of NYC.Gov shelters. Drop off some supplies or volunteer to help. They are housing refugees from all over the city.
More details and resources, and previous updates….
After the jump
(there is a major gas shortage, but Gov. Cuomo says that should be relieved by this weekend, and they are dropping some restrictions and taxes to speed up the delivery of fuel)
-NYC Marathon: People are very very angry about Mayor Bloomberg’s decision to still hold the New York City Marathon on Sunday. He says crucial resources will not be diverted, many charities are dependent on the marathon for funds, runners are being encouraged to each donate $25 to Sandy recovery, and that the city must move forward. Thoughts on this? Also Dwyane Wade thinks tonight’s NY Knicks vs Miami Heat game should be postponed.
-More Donation and Volunteer Links: Check out NYTimes Cityblog list. And the NY1 list. And the OccupySandy list.
-Wi-Fi Hotspots: Time Warner Cable has free internet hotspots and charging stations around New York. Comcast says they are opening up their WiFi hotspots as well, here is a map.
-There is a NBC Telethon for Sandy victims tonight at 8pm on multiple networks. There is an NBA Players Association fundraiser too.
-Pure Heartbreak: There are so many tragic stories circulating…but the deaths of Brandon and Connor Moore just completely kills me. Two boys were swept out of their mother’s grip by the rushing flood in Staten Island. Her car stalled in the water while trying to evacuate to higher ground. Her husband, a city sanitation worker, was working on storm prep at the time. The bodies of the two children was found on Thursday. *deep sigh)
-UPDATE: (Thurs Nov, 1, 2012) Here’s the latest on power outages around the city…via NY1.
Con Ed officials said they restored their network in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn Wednesday afternoon, hours after the utility also restored the Cortlandt network Wednesday morning.
Of the approximately 2,000 customers served on the Cortlandt network in Lower Manhattan, which runs from the southern tip to West Street, Con Ed says all customers have been restored except for customers with flooded basements.
Con Ed officials say other affected areas of Manhattan could be without power for another three days.
Customers with overhead wires in the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn may be looking at a week to 10 days.
As of approximately 10 a.m. Thursday, the utility was reporting 36,025 customer outages in the Bronx; 53,749 in Brooklyn; 95,600 in Queens; 227,997 in Manhattan; and 76,577 on Staten Island. Because each customer represents a household, building or business, the total number of affected people is much higher.
–UPDATE: Governor Chris Christie (who has been a voice of reality check reason) just announced that he’s signing an executive order to postpone Halloween until monday.
“[New Jersey] kind of took it in the neck worse than any other place…”
“I better see you all out there on Monday with your costumes on and candy in tow.”
-UPDATE 10/31/12 10:21pm: Gov. Cuomo has announced that NYC’s traffic gridlock is dangerous, and he’s declared a “transportation emergency”…which means that on Thurs and Friday any public transit will be free of charge. That means the limited buses and trains will not charge a fare. Wow.
Also…Buses have now been suspended below 23rd street until daylight. Just look at Bucky Turco‘s photo of Union Square (14th St.) to see why:
UPDATE 11/1/2012: Holy crap! Look at this line to get onto a bus to take Brooklynites over the bridge to Manhattan…This is unreal. (via Virginia Laird)
What’s Off: (Weds, 10/31/12)
-Sorry guys, if you were looking forward to the season opening NBA game between the Brooklyn Nets vs. the New York Knicks….the game that was supposed to take place on Thursday, Nov 1 at the Barclay Center has been officially postponed. Obviously because the major subway hub to the new stadium is still closed down.
While they haven’t officially announced a new date for the Nets vs Knicks match….the Mayor says that the “season opener” will be this Saturday instead. Which is the previously scheduled Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors game.
-Public schools are closed for the rest of the week. This is unprecedented.
-Bellevue Hospital is the second hospital to be shut down in NYC. It is now evacuating hundreds of patients. Complete disaster scenario. Very scary.
-The annual Halloween Parade in the Village is cancelled for tonight. The parade gets hundreds of thousands of visitors, and that takes up police presence which can’t be spared right now. It may be rescheduled for next week. No date yet.
What’s Still On:(Weds, 10/31/12)
-The New York City Marathon is still happening on Sunday. Seems like there will be many runners who won’t be able to get to NYC from all over the world to participate, but the Mayor wants to keep the event intact because of the money that the marathon generates for local businesses.
-All of the bridges over the East River are now open, but you have to drive with three or more people from 6am to midnight on Thursday and Friday. So be kind and give someone a ride. There is massive traffic jams and price gouging car services and 2-hour waits at the gas stations. Look at the never-ending traffic in midtown Manhattan (via JoannaColes):
-On a lighter note: the Observer reports that the hoity toity Yale Club is allowing stranded alumni a place to hang out, even if they’re not dressed up to “code.” GQ describes this move as a sign that “civilization on last legs.”
How to Help:
-Here is a detailed list of NY-area shelters…if you’re near one, and available, stop by. I’m hearing that f you are over 16 years old, and can lift over 30 lbs., they could use people for 8 hour shifts.
-Donate $10 to the Red Cross via phone: text “REDCROSS” to 90999
-Volunteer to help out at shelters via the Red Cross, or NYC Service (they have a mailing list)
-Report stranded animals: New York City’s hotline (347) 573-1561
-Make a $10 text donation to the Humane Society Disaster Relief Fund: text “ANIMALS” to 20222
-More links to charity and volunteerism for Hurricane Sandy…via TimeOut, via TheCut.
Who Still Has No Power:..and according to reports, these outages will continue until Friday, or longer! There are reports that 95% of Long Island, NY is without power. Unreal. (map via HuffPo)
How to Get Around: NY1 has a detailed list of the mass transit availabilities. Check for LIRR and Metro-North Railroad updates.
Effective Thursday, November 1, between midnight and the morning rush hour.
• 1 trains will operate local between 242nd Street (Bronx) and Times Square-42nd Street
• 2 trains will operate between 241st Street (Bronx) and Times Square-42nd Street, with express service between 96th Street and Times Square
• 4 trains will operate in two sections making all local stops between Woodlawn (Bronx) and Grand Central-42nd Street; and between Borough Hall and New Lots Avenue
• 5 trains will operate express in Brooklyn between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and Flatbush Avenue.
• 6 trains will operate local between Pelham Bay Park and Grand Central-42nd Street
• 42nd Street Shuttle S trains will operate between Times Square and Grand Central.
• A trains will operate in two sections making all local stops between 168th Street (Manhattan) and 34th Street-Penn Station; and between Jay Street/MetroTech and Lefferts Blvd.
• D trains operate in two sections: Between 205th Street (Bronx) and 34th Street-Herald Square making all local stops; and in Brooklyn, between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and Bay Parkway making express stops between Pacific Street and 36th Street
• F trains operate in two sections making all local stops between 179th Street (Queens) and 34th Street-Herald Square; and between Jay Street-MetroTech and Avenue X in Brooklyn
• J trains operate between Jamaica Center and Hewes Street making all local stops
• L trains operate between Broadway Junction and rockaway Parkway making all local stops
• M trains operate between Myrtle Avenue-Broadway and Metropolitan Avenue
• N trains operate between Ditmars Blvd. (Queens) and 34th Street-Herald Square making all local stops
• R trains operate in Brooklyn between Jay Street-MetroTech and 95th Street making all local stops
The following lines are suspended:
• 3 trains
• 7 trains
• B and C trains
• E trains
• G trains
• Q trains
• The Franklin Avenue and Rockaway Park S shuttles
Effective Thursday, November 1, between midnight and the morning rush hour.
• All shuttle buses will operate north on 3rd Avenue and south on Lexington Avenue:
1. Between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Manhattan Bridge
2. Between Jay Street-MetroTech and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Manhattan Bridge
3. Between Hewes Street and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Williamsburg Bridge