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November 2, 2012
The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Coney Island opened today at Surf and 17th St (MCU Park). You can see two pictures of the scene there, one with Marty Markowitz and Bloomberg in it, above. Any food and water donations may be brought to the Disaster Recovery Center in the MCU Parking Lot: 8am-8pm. The National Guard, whether Bloomberg likes it or not, is also there and brought water and ready-to-eat meals at Surf Avenue and West 25th Street. Those looking for post-Hurricane Sandy assitance can also go to disasterassistance.gov.
Also open and pictured above: Tom's Coney Island restuarant, which seems like an amazing feat considering the destruction the Brooklyn shore neighborhood suffered.
"Coney Island USA" meanwhile, the company behind the Mermaid Parade, the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. the Coney Island Museum, Burlesque at the Beach, and much more, also need help:
We could use the following to assist in cleaning up our flooded Ground floor at 1208 Surf Ave. - dehumidifiers, fans, squeegees, mops, mop buckets, protective clothing such as hazmat suits, household heavy duty rubber gloves, respirators, paper towels, cleaning cloths, brooms, bleach, disinfectant. If you are able to donate any of the above items, we would kindly accept them from Noon - 6pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Bring to Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave. (corner of West 12th street).They're also taking donations.
We are seeking volunteers who have experience doing flooded condition clean up. Preferably you have a respirator and protective clothing as safety is a priority in these conditions. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The aquarium still remains an issue and they may have to evacuate the 12,000 water-dependent creatures within (Baby Walrus Mitik included). Gothamist posted some pictures and a statement you can read, with some videos, below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette
BrooklynVegan photographer Gretchen Robinette braved the East River crossings on Halloween to snap some pictures of an eerie Lower Manhattan in the wake of Hurricane Sandy's destruction.She says:
I biked to DUMBO in Brooklyn and shot the Manhattan Bridge and view of Lower Manhattan , next to Jane's Carousel in Brooklyn Park on Halloween night, post Hurricane Sandy. The park was closed and dark and empty. Manhattan Bridge is half lit, and half dark straight, leading straight in to China Town blackness. Biking on the Manhattan Bridge in to Manhattan now feels like riding into an ominous, creepy black void. I just had my bike light stolen and did not think to bring a flash light. Couldn't have been darker in a city that is always glowing with light. People walked with flashlights just to see the sidewalk in front of them, an occasional blast of white light next to a generator lit up part of a street, enabling people to search for a corner receiving some sort of cell phone reception. Never saw an eerier, creepier, night in Manhattan.Her photos are in this post. More below...
Then Chinatown to Lower East Side, then entering and crossing Williamsburg Bridge. Its strange to head towards Brooklyn to see bright lights and city hustle, leaving behind a heavy dark and emptiness of Lower Manhattan
photos by Kurt Christensen
..."The scene is pretty bad. Lots of homes with terrible flooding and damage. As I walked down Wellwood I watched as people walked with just a few garbage bags full of possessions. National Guard helicopters flew overhead. There was some looting in the area last night, and the National Guard is here to prevent that from happening tonight...BrooklynVegan photographer Kurt Christensen lives with his wife and kid in Lindenhurst, NY, one of the many areas hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Currently displaced due to the storm, Kurt has been documenting the experience in text and pictures on his Flickr. We're all thinking about him, and some of those pictures are in this post. Check them out below...
UPDATE: NYC Marathon cancelled.
"News from Staten Island is killing me right now. #Sandy" - @tedleo
"Also? That the NYC marathon starts in Staten Island, which has been devastated & received such paltry aid, is a slap in the face. #CancelIt" - @julieklausner
Grounded tanker (not the Ferry) in Staten Island, post-Sandy (via @jennkud)
NYC is starting, slowly, to come back to life in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The Staten Island Ferry, the terminals on both ends of its route suffering serious flooding, reopened today (11/2) at noon today with half-hourly service in both directions, which is good news. But that's about the extent of the good news post-Sandy for the NYC borough. The power is still out, and Staten Island railway is still suspended. And many of the residents feel like the borough, which was hit hard by Sandy, is being forgotten about.
This has come to a head with the Mayor's decision to keep the NYC Marathon (which starts in SI) on Sunday as planned, using giant generators to power the tents at the Central Park finish line. (It made the cover of the Post today.) Generators (and the money spent on them) many think could be put to better use, say, in Staten Island.
"Debate over whether to hold the race began soon after Hurricane Sandy hit the region Monday night. Critics have said that it is in poor taste to hold a race through the five boroughs while people are trying to cope with the storm's aftermath and that city services should focus on storm relief, not the marathon. Proponents of the marathon believe the race will provide a needed morale boost, as well as an economic one." [NY Times]Speaking of the mayor, he just confirmed that NYC is up to 41 deaths due to Sandy. Two of those are the previously missing little boys that got separated from their mother in Staten Island.
In other power news, ConEd is saying that juice will hopefully be restored to Lower Manhattan "early morning Saturday" which means, among other things, that shows continue to be cancelled. Our list of cancelled and not cancelled Friday night shows is HERE.
Some news reports on Staten Island can be watched below...
November 1, 2012
Red Hook on Monday / Fairway throwing out food (via Red Hook Recovery)
Brooklyn non-profit "post-classical" label New Amsterdam Records released the new album by accapella group Roomfull of Teeth on Tuesday, which should have been the biggest news of the week for them. But instead, Hurricane Sandy had other plans, making a total mess of their new Red Hook headquarters:
Despite the many hours we spent on Sunday preparing for the storm-stacking furniture on cinder-blocks and moving everything we could to higher ground-our space was flooded with almost four feet of polluted sea water. As a result, about 70% of our catalog of CDs has been destroyed-CDs we hold on behalf of our artists (we do not own them). Literally ALL of our financial records were destroyed, including our back-up hard-drive. Sewage, gas, spilled paint thinner, and bleach all blended with seawater, creating a toxic mess. A mess that is sure to corrode our newly installed drywall, kitchen cabinets, and office furniture. Even the basics like doors and plumbing are compromised and will need to be replaced. Musical equipment, amps, and priceless vintage synthesizers were also destroyed, along with countless personal items, clothing, two couches, records, and other furniture. We will need to move swiftly to acquire industrial dehumidifiers and hire professional mold-cleaners to help us combat the high risk of toxic mold. We have yet to assess the damage to our donated Steinway grand piano which we wrapped with a plastic tarp prior to the storm; the water mark from the flood was drawn inches from the piano's lid.If you'd like to donate to New Amsterdam Records' relief fund, visit their donation page. "Your donation will be fully tax deductible, and will be returned with heartfelt thanks and supreme gratitude."
Over the last few months, we've invested countless hours preparing our space, and thousands of dollars renovating it -- money and time we were hoping to make up for with a series of public events and private fundraisers this fall and winter. Now that plan is in severe jeopardy. Our financial future is intimately tied to our space; we were "all in," so to speak. After sharing news of our plight on Facebook, literally hundreds of you have offered to help. The outpouring of love and concern from our larger community has been staggering and truly inspiring. At the suggestion of a number of NewAm friends and artists, we have decided to create this page -- an official home for our Hurricane Relief Fund. New Amsterdam's label arm operates on a non-profit-model that distributes 80% of album revenues directly to artists, so while we encourage the community to continue to buy albums and help support our artists who were also all affected by this disaster, the organization itself will receive the most benefit from direct contributions.
Red Hook was crushed by Hurricane Sandy and is still without power. The Red Hook Fairway, right on the water's edge, was pretty much destroyed by flooding. Red Hook Recovery has been set up to offer assistance to the neighboorhood and you can donate relief funds there as well.
In similar news, there is a benefit concert tonight at Union Hall for the neighborhood outreach program Red Hook Initiative with performances by Riot Fox and Mount Sharp. You can also donate directly to RHI here.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the MTA's subway, bus and commuter rail services will be free for today and tomorrow, to encourage the use of mass transit as the region slowly recovers from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.So buses and subways are today (11/1) and Friday (11/2), and all reports on TV show this system currently running smoothly.
The free service began just after midnight Thursday and will last until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, and will allow for free rides on the NYC Subway and Bus network, Long Island Rail Road, and Metro-North Railroad. Free travel will also be available on Access-a-Ride.
"The gridlock we experienced yesterday shows that the New York metropolitan region is in a transportation emergency," Governor Cuomo said. "To get people out of their cars and onto mass transit, I immediately authorized the MTA to suspend transit fares through the end of the work week."
Of course, it doesn't do you much good if you live (or need to get to) below 34th St in Manhattan as power is still out. But ConEd has just announced that they hope power in NYC will be restored everywhere by Friday or Saturday.
Some subway lines, like the G and the Q, aren't running at all. Buses, however, are up and running on a mostly regular schedule. A map of the current Subway situation is here and NY1 has details on the myriad MTA service changes.
And LaGuardia airport reopened (the last of the NYC airports to do so after Sandy hit) this morning after being closed since 10/29. Flights began arriving at 7 AM this morning.
Meanwhile a lot of events are still being cancelled. Check out our list of things not happening tonight (11/1).
October 30, 2012
UPDATE: Mayor Bloomberg estimates that it will be a "good 4 or 5 days" before the subway system is back, according to CBS.
As you may have heard, it might be a while before the subways are up and running again...
"The New York City subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night," Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joseph Lhota said in a statement.Pretty much everything in NYC was cancelled Sunday, Monday, and tonight (10/30), but now that Hurricane Sandy has left its effect on the city it's difficult to say when things will be running as usual.
"Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on our entire transportation system, in every borough and county of the region," he said. "It has brought down trees, ripped out power and inundated tunnels, rail yards and bus depots."
Access to Manhattan was crippled.
All seven subway tunnels under the East River are flooded. The Metro-North Railroad, which carried commuters to suburbs north of Manhattan, is without power. Service on PATH trains, which ferry commuters from New Jersey under the Hudson River, has been suspended. [CNN]
Did everyone stay safe during the storm?
October 22, 2012
Record nerds should make sure to head down to the annual WFMU Record Fair to check out 10,000 square feet of LPs, 45s, CDs, DVDs, art, and the proverbial much, much more. The fair goes down at Manhattan's Metropolitan Pavilion ( 125 West 18th St.) on November 2 - 4. $7 entrance fee, or you can fork over $25 for first dibs rights on Friday (4 - 7 PM).
In addition to getting your fingers dirty flipping through vinyl, there are DJs spinning tunes (like Jonathan Toubin on Friday night 11/2) and live performances and films being screened in the AV Lounge, including Amen Dunes on Sunday afternoon (11/4, 4 PM). For a full rundown on the events of the Record Fare weekend, click here.
September 21, 2012
'Zombie Hipsters' asserting their civil rights on Halloween (more by Amanda Hatfield)
When you think of an outlet with its finger on the pulse of "what's next," it might not be Forbes Magazine. Nevertheless the rag has compiled its list of "hippest hipster neighborhoods" in the US, which lands Williamsburg Brooklyn at #3:
1. Silver Lake, Los AngelesJust as interesting, and hardly surprising, is the magazine's comments on the changing face of Williamsburg:
2. Mission District, San Francisco
3. Williamsburg, Brooklyn
4. Wicker Park, Chicago
5. Pearl District, Portland
6. H Street Corridor, Washington D.C.
7. East Austin, Austin
8. Capitol Hill, Seattle
9. The Uptown, Oakland
10. Warehouse District, New Orleans
Williamsburg may have spawned the hipster craze, but the neighborhood is evolving in a direction that's far less hospitable to the patchily employed, fedora-wearing crowd. "The more successful neighborhoods like Williamsburg become in attracting people, the real estate prices go up and a lot of the urban pioneers end up moving on," says David Morley, a research associate with the American Planning Association, a nonprofit educational group for community developers.There you have it folks. The Williamsbur hipster apocalypse according to Forbes.
Real estate prices in the north Brooklyn neighborhood have been steadily rising...his firm reports that Williamsburg rents in July were 23% higher than a year ago ... [and] the mean rent for a studio apartment in Williamsburg was $200 higher than for a comparable (albeit smaller) apartment in Manhattan's Greenwich Village
September 13, 2012
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Judas Priestess at Europa on January 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Indian Larry's annual Grease Monkey Block Party goes down on September 22, and as usual it will feature its bevy of motorcycles, vendors, food, and so much more. In their ninth year, the block party (located at 400 Union Ave) will also feature live music starting at 1PMl, including a set from headliner Judas Priestess with Wrench, Sea Monster, and many more over the course of the day.
Full line-up and flyers are below, along with related video. If you're a fan of bikes, bevs, bands and babes, its worth a look.