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photos by Nick Childers

Coney Island, Brooklyn, NYC - photos from 11/6/2012
Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island
Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

I'm just going to publish this letter in full:

UPDATE FROM TODAY 11/8:

I have spent the better part of four days volunteering with Hurricane Sandy victims in Coney Island.

I am working with Occupy Sandy AND the Presidents of the Coney Island Houses and the Odwire Houses. This is Mutual Aid- we are working WITH the community, not simply giving charity. The NYCHA residents I have personally dealt with- Deborah Reed the President of the Coney Island Houses and Ilma the president of the Odwire Gardens Houses are incredible women. They are, however, spread thin and have no-one to help them answer to the thousands of residents that they represent.

There are ZERO agencies with a big presence out in the Coney Island Housing, Odwire Gardens Housing or Surfside Housing as of right now. NO FEMA, NO RED CROSS, NO NYC HOUSING, NO AUTHORITIES WHATSOEVER. The FEMA tent is a 20 minute walk away. The Red Cross has BARELY been there [they sometimes send one truck for 15-20 buildings once or twice a day]. There are elderly people stuck on the top floors of pitch-black buildings with NO FOOD AND WATER. Families with no food to feed their children. Mothers with no baby formula or wipes. Diabetics and asthmatics with no medicine. THERE HAS BEEN NO POWER, HEAT OR WATER FOR OVER A WEEK AND A HALF. Next to no one has flashlights and/or batteries. My small crew of volunteers PERSONALLY gave out these goods to the above people in need and encouraged them with what little info and energy we had. We saw the issues first hand. Today we used the community rooms in multiple buildings a relief sites- distribution for all necessities like food, water, batteries, baby supplies, feminine products ect. We expect to do this in more buildings.

All of the supermarkets and bodegas within a 15 minute walk of the above Housing have been flooded or looted. THERE IS NOWHERE TO BUY FOOD. Please link to these images - use them as much as you please- courtesy of Nick Childers.

WHAT IS NEEDED:

MORE PRESS

Non perishable and hot FOOD
BATTERIES of any size
FLASHLIGHTS
BLANKETS
GLOVES
HATS
BABY FORMULA/WIPES
TOILET PAPER

*NO CLOTHING*

Please understand, this email is a direct account of what is happening now. NYC IS NOT BACK TO NORMAL. Every area mentioned above has Katrina-level devastation and needs with only small citizen groups to aid everyone and distribute everything. Please help by donating, volunteering, or simply spreading the word. This is the only article I have found on the subject and it is accurate for the housing it represents but not for Coney Island: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/living-hell-nycha-houses-article-1.1197748 - Conditions were similar but there we some glaring problems on top of what they reported about.

I will be setting up a distribution center at 2828 Neptune Avenue tomorrow and will write back with more info. Please call me at 201.658.6194 with any questions.
Please help.

Sincerely,
Eric Moed

Help if you can, and keep tabs on Occupy Sandy's site for other ways to do it.

We previously posted pictures of the damage in Coney Island, but continue below for a more current look at the situation...

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Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

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Comments (33)

Mutual Aid, yeah that's the ticket

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 4:17 PM

poor people get no help, no respect, no aid. Just like Katrina.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 4:50 PM

Just give to the red cross. Who knows where this stuff is ending up. Occupy whatever.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 4:55 PM

Pretty sure that Church is in Clinton hill.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 5:05 PM

who fucking cares about this garbage

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 5:15 PM

Can you tell me where this letter came from originally? Would like to repost from the source.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 5:35 PM

Just give to the red cross. Who knows where this stuff is ending up. Occupy whatever >>

you shithead.. there's been nothing but well documented praise ffor what Occupy Sandy has done for places that have otherwise been forgotten... so its not "whatever" its real actual help they have been providing.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 10:36 PM

Occupy Sandy is actually a fine outlet for these do-gooders. Obviously no one takes their politics seriously, but if gathering batteries and shit satisfies their social need to be an 'activist', well that's a win/win.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 10:56 PM

NYC is fine. This is not a third world country. The resources of survival are all around us. jeez

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 11:30 PM

10:56 PM Another foodie materialist consumer sounding like a little too much like a conservative thats bitches but does nothing to help as in volunteer ever in your life.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2012 1:57 AM

*To be clear: I am NOT affiliated with Occupy Wall Street. Occupy sandy has simply been the only organized effort to help in many areas. I have been on the ground in Coney Island for 5 days- they are now pulling out bodies from the housing due to the lack of aid. Don't you dare assume that because this is NYC things are fine. Come out and see for yourself or stop nay-saying and doubting the severity of this on-going situation.

Posted by Eric Moed | November 9, 2012 6:27 AM

Do they need any donations of Chomsky books? I have some extras! Might help to take their mind off things and put it to good use.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2012 6:38 AM

Barack Obama doesn't care about black people.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2012 8:42 AM

Burp -- have a hot dog

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2012 9:31 AM

The president promised to help...oh but that was before the election. OK, I guess we are left to help ourselves. Give as much as you can people.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2012 9:31 AM

^ so true. In fact I heard that Obama is going to give a $500 tax break to people who can prove they didn't give any money to relief efforts.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2012 10:27 AM

My good the horror. Occupy needs to mobilize the guitarmy STAT!

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2012 10:44 AM

My god the horror. Occupy needs to mobilize the guitarmy STAT!

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2012 10:45 AM

I just got an email from the DNC telling me to go to Coney and break shit.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2012 11:19 AM

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that only his city was "30,000 to 40,000 people," a major challenge considering that there was not much space available in accommodation centers are there in the administration.

Posted by traveltomachupicchu.org | November 9, 2012 11:55 AM

According to their website, Occupy Sandy has already received WELL over $350,000 in donations that they're currently sitting on.

So, um... how could they possibly still "need" flashlights and toilet paper?

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2012 5:33 PM

well let's see: if you divide $350,000 among the 30,000 or so people still without power, then that's about $11.67 per person...and on top of that, volunteers need to be feed and transported too...think anyone can survive off that amount for a week in these conditions and in this city? don't think so.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2012 6:03 PM

i was expecting the pictures to be a lot more depressing. that being said, i think i'm going to go there tomorrow afternoon with a bunch of food that i'm gonna take from my friend's place and all this crap i don't want but they could use.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2012 8:44 PM

that top picture is in Fort Greene, not Coney Island.

Posted by Tony Tootoo | November 10, 2012 12:08 AM

Sandy is very transparent about the use of their funds, and they have been seen in the Far Rockaways and Coney Island.

We don't know a lot about Red Cross money, but we see them on the ground as well.

http://gawker.com/5958176/the-coca+cola-of-disaster-relief-whats-the-red-cross-really-doing-for-hurricane-sandy

Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2012 9:36 AM

I don't know if the person I spoke to doesn't really understand or if this is true.... But a girl who doesn't have a place to live, not cause of Sandy but just because of her lifestyle spoke to someone from Red Cross in CI and now this girl thinks she's volunteering and entering the shelter program. But she said volunteering but she thinks she's getting $700 a week to do it plus $50 a day for food! Is this girl delusional or is the Red Cross hooking p their "volunteers" like this while there's people who need this money and assistance. I really just think this girl is not too smart and doesn't understand how this all works. What also disturbs me is that she said she saying that she lived in sea gate in her man's cousins house but she wasn't. So does the Red Cross and FEMA not require proof of residence, or do they not follow up on this some where down the line? Because if they are just gonna believe every person who tries to get assistene then they are being ignorant. I know it's sad to do and even say but the truth of the matter is NYC has a lot of lazy, scheming freeloaders out there who will do anything to get a freebie! If the Red Cross and FEMA gives assistance to all the homeless people of NYC what kind of financial situation will ny or even the US be in? I really hope this isn't true and they do check housing history! Cause even if everything was destroyed in the storm, there's got to be some type of info in a computer somewhere that would show o person lived there. I told this person I think it's wrong and she's taking away assistance from the people who really need it cause of the storm!! Just venting!!

Posted by Jessj | November 10, 2012 1:40 PM

Hi Eric,

Can't find your contact info in this page. I am a journalism student at Baruch College. I would like to cover a story about Coney Island recovery from Sandy. Would like to do an interview with you this week. Could you please get back to me by email?

yuenwa.ng@baruchmail.cuny.edu

Thanks,

Posted by Yuen Wa | November 11, 2012 2:47 PM

@ Tony Too: That's the volunteer center at 520 clinton where people meet up to go to the disaster areas

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2012 9:10 AM

There should be giving more money for this people they do need it and should not pay taxes at least a year so they be able to return to normal

Posted by Dusseldorf-girls | November 12, 2012 9:41 AM

this was the worst house party i have ever been to

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2012 9:31 PM

I went down with a loaded trailer and older Girl Scouts on 11/11. I coordinated a collection from Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson in upstate NY. Three Churches also donated supplies that we dispersed. We collected many sample bottles of soap, shampoo/conditioner, mouthwash, toothbrushes/paste, water, toilet paper and paper towels. Also many 5 gallon buckets filled with a paper towel, bleach, cleaning spray and sponge. Took like-new books for kids of all ages, crafts, school supplies & new backpacks, tons of like new and new winter coats, hats, gloves. Shovels, brooms. Also had crafts for kids and games, no flashlights but tons of "C" and "D" batteries. Gave out many food items for cats/dogs and beds and toys for animals. Office of Emergency Management sent me to MCU stadium but with all the driving and traffic, we arrived at 5:08 and were turned away along with dozens of ppl who were on line since 6am. Feeble and young children and ppl of all races, religions and age. It was cold and they got turned away. Some sought refuge at some Churches. I was directed to go to 28th and Neptune Church where multiple Police Officers formed an assembly line and kept order so we can bring in our supplies. People were desperate for just about anything. The do have tons of clothing, but I had some new stuff and labeled in bags according to male/female and sizes with approx. 5 outfits. People said they had nothing. Lived high up 30 floors with still no lighting to get down to seek help. The relief centers are very far. They are bussing ppl from farther away to the stadium but still not meeting the needs. They should be offered cups of soup, hot beverages, juice to children and a least a roll to those mid way to end of line- who may get nothing that day. It is truly sad. Such devastation only 1.5 hrs away from me. Red Cross is getting tons of money in donations but not sure where that is going, overhead, more lucrative communities? Funny how NYC was the first to get help and back up and running and these ppl on the coast are still in clean up mode, no places with food, no heat, no electric, no sanctuary -like a 3 world country!

Posted by Melissa - Girl Scouts | November 19, 2012 11:10 PM

KONY

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2012 3:12 PM

Most be nice to help those that have suffered.

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