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November 7, 2012

photos by Gretchen Robinette

Red Hook on 11/3
Hurricane Sandy's aftermath in Red Hook on 11/3/12

"While electricity is on in some of the buildings in the Red Hook Houses, almost none have heat. For the second day in a row RHI purchased and distributed 150 space heaters. Knowing this will never be sufficient for those who have been in the cold for over a week, the following groups are working diligently to create warming centers in Red Hook: Brooklyn Public Library Red Hook Branch (learn more here), Red Hook Community Justice Center (learn more here), Bumblebees R Us (learn more here), NYCHA Miccio Center, and the Community Assistance Commissioner from the Mayor's Office." [Red Hook Initiative, 11/7/2012]
Red Hook remains a huge mess after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. BV photographer Gretchen Robinette took a few photos out there on Saturday (11/3) which are in this post.

The New York City Housing Authority are still pumping out water and the DEP and Marine Corps are there assessing structural damage in the neighborhood. The Red Hook Initiative (RHI) has details of their most recent meeting and more information on how you can help. Blankets, flashlights, batteries and candles are needed desperately.

Yesterday we utilized volunteers, not only to help the business community with clean up, but to communicate about changes to Red Hook's polling sites and to mobilize and transport people to get out to vote. All week, volunteers have been reporting to the volunteer hub, Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation (learn more here). [RHI]
If you're around right now (11/7), "RED HOOK INITIATIVE is understaffed! Go spend a rainy day with the lovely people over there. 767 Hicks St, BK." RHI also points out on their site that 767 Hicks is the only spot volunteers should be heading today.

UPDATE: "Volunteers will be needed in #RedHook [Thursday, 11/8/2012], report at 11AM + 3PM to 767 Hicks #SandyAid #SandyHelp".

Occupy Sandy has been one of the major helping forces since Sandy, in Red Hook and elsewhere. RHI is quick to also point that out. They wrote today:

Volunteers through Occupy Sandy congregated at RHI as soon as the storm subsided and spearheaded the relief effort for Red Hook residents. Because of their efforts, we have been serving close to 1,000 hot meals per day on RHI's four-burner stove along with tremendous support from individuals who have donated countless trays of warm, home-made food. Monday we opened space across the street at Calvary Baptist Church to help with meal distribution, while Occupy Sandy volunteers tore out a damaged rug and poured a new floor (yes, all in one day!). It is only because of Occupy Sandy that RHI has been able to react to the storm so quickly.
Join the movement. Find out how at Occupy Sandy's site or by following them on Twitter. Things are really getting scary again as the Nor'easter moves in.

videos games in the street in Red Hook (this pic via Jody Rosen)
video games

Among those helping out Sunday was Phish's Trey Anastasio whose concert at the Capitol Theatre (like many shows there since Sandy) that was supposed to happen Monday night (after also being postponed from Sunday before the storm) got postponed again to a new date TBA

Red Hook's giant Fairway grocery store, which lost everything in the massive floods, says they're committed to re-opening and hope to do so in the next 6 - 8 weeks.

Restore Red Hook is working to restore all businesses destroyed by hurricane Sandy.

New Amsterdam Records still need help and info on the label's relief fund is here. Meanwhile, the label keeps going. Missy Mazzolli's new album, Song from the Uproar, is out now and there's a record release show this Sunday (11/11) at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale.

Norton Records, as mentioned, had much of their stock of vinyl destroyed in the flood. They are salvaging as much of the actual vinyl as they can, though the sleeves are ruined. There's video detailing the damage and how you can help. For more info on volunteering in Norton Records cleanup, click here.

Red Hook Winery lost their entire stock, with extensive damage to their facility.

Legendary Red Hook bar Sunny's (which was featured on this weeks all-Brooklyn episode of Tony Bourdain's No Reservations, watch below) took on two feet of water but has had lots of help with the clean-up and is hoping to be open soon. A message on their website says:

Sunny's is sadly closed due to Hurricane Sandy (or superstorm Sandy, however the news wants to call it.) We took on about 2 feet of water above the basemant. It's been great to have the love and hard labor of those who have come to Red Hook to help out and it is greatly appreciated from all of us who live here. We are hoping to be back in business by next Friday or Saturday. Keep checking in to see any updates. And if you want to help Red Hook please check in with the Red Hook Initiative 402 Van Brunt St. They are organizing relief. We'll be back. All of us. And more importantly The Rockaways, Breezy Point and Staten Island can still use much help. We are hurt but OK in the grand scheme of things, so please try to devote your attention to those who need it most.

Thanks and Love,
Sunny, Tone, Izzy, Francis and the two Chrises.

An article at DNAInfo says they're "hoping to have Sunny's up and running for a post-hurricane celebration party by Wednesday." That would be tonight (11/7), though we have no confirmation at the moment that their wish came true.

And as previously mentioned, proceeds from Buke & Gase' new single (including a nifty New Order cover) go toward Red Hook disaster relief.

More pictures, songs and videos below...

Continue reading "Red Hook still needs help, residents without heat, businesses destroyed (though Sunny's is reopening) -- more pics & info"

November 6, 2012

photos by Gretchen Robinette

Staten Island - Sunday -- 11/4/2012
Hurricane Sandy's aftermath on Staten Island on 11/4/12

The Staten Island Advance reports:

Tom Lacey has posted a simple message on the front door of his storm-gutted Great Kills home -- "If you are found here tonight, you will be found here tomorrow."
Down the block on Goodall Street, Rocco Rubio has written a similar message on a piece of plywood covering up a window that once faced the waters off Crescent Beach.

Since Hurricane Sandy hit Monday night, the two have seen their share of shady characters -- a man actually entered Lacey's house in broad daylight, as volunteers toiled outside Saturday night, and tried to creep out with a wall-mounted TV on an upper floor.

His wife was home, she screamed, and the man -- a bald, white man, about 6 feet tall, wearing a brown jacket and dungarees -- ran out.

As if those ravaged from the hurricane didn't have it hard enough right now, they have the stupid looters to contend with too (it's only a matter of time before one gets shot).

If you'd like to help out in Staten Island, SILIVE.com has a huge list of ways you can, and volunteers are needed to help clean up parks this Saturday & Sunday.

BrooklynVegan photographer Gretchen Robinette, whose post-Hurricane blackout pictures you saw the other day, visited Staten Island on Sunday. Her pictures from that trip are in this post and continue with some videos below...

Continue reading "photos: Hurricane Sandy aftermath in Staten Island (where thieves & looters continue to lurk, volunteers needed)"

Pumping out the L Train tunnels, 11/5/2012 (via MTA's Flickr)
Flooded L Train

While Irene had brought the water within a foot or two of flooding the subway entrances and ventilation gratings, Sandy's fourteen-foot surges brought the water gushing in. Half of the subway system's fourteen under-river tubes flooded. A few filled up end to end, much like the MTA's Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. They couldn't even send workers out to assess them until after the second surge at the next high tide Tuesday morning.

Pumping began soon after -- or "dewatering," as the pumping industry calls it. Other city agencies had to rely on outside contractors to pump their tunnels. But it happens that the subway system already had its own toys. Each of the system's under-river tunnels has a sump to deal with everyday seepage, and each also has a tube fixed to the side called a discharge line. Starting Tuesday, the system sent in its "pump trains" -- diesel powered trains with five or six cars, run by just five or six workers. Underneath the trains are pumps, moving hundreds of gallons of water back into the river every minute. "You take the pump train and you bury the first car up to the floor level so it's underwater," Prendergast says, "and you hook it up to the discharge line and you start pumping the tunnel dry." -[NY Mag]

While service to most MTA subway lines, miraculously, has been restored following Hurricane Sandy, there is still no L train service to or in Manhattan which involves a whole lot of commuters (like NY1's Pat Kiernan and at a couple BV staff members). If you're wondering why it hasn't been restored yet, pictures from the MTA's very active Flickr account tell the story: they're still pumping flood waters out of the East River tunnel. Says the MTA:
MTA employees using a pump train are working around the clock to pump seawater out of the L train's tunnel under the East River. The tunnel was flooded during the unprecedented 13-foot storm surge of Hurricane Sandy. This photo shows activity on the afternoon of Monday, November 5.
After the tunnel is pumped dry of water, work will begin to inspect tracks, signals, switches, electrical components, and third rail. If any repairs are needed, employees will make them as quickly as possible to get service restored.

Meanwhile, there is still no G service at all. The tunnels are dry, however, and signal fixes are on their way, says the MTA. In the interim, the MTA is running more B62 buses (which have been crazy packed). More pictures of the work on the L train East River tunnel are below.

Continue reading "Still no L train service (or G for that matter), but MTA is working around the clock (pics)"

photos by Brian Russ

Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy

As Lola Star, who designed that "Coney Island Forever" graphic you see above points out, volunteers are still needed in Sandy-devastated Coney Island (maybe you're there today?). If you're working this week, you can head there this weekend:

Help Coney Island -- VOLUNTEER
SAT NOV 10TH & SUNDAY NOV 11TH 9AM - 5PM

Meet on the Boardwalk & STILLWELL AVE
at TOMS RESTAURANT [which is back open]

Wear warm clothes! Wear sturdy footwear or boots, and bring work gloves!
Bring your own flashlight (with extra batteries), a backpack, and snacks/water for yourself for the day.

Donation requests to help with Saturday's work:
-- Power strips
-- Extra flashlights
-- Outdoor brooms

Please note that bathroom access on site will be very limited.
No RSVP required
You can refer to MTA.info for latest transit updates. Carpooling and biking are encouraged.
Please forward this to all of your networks.
Organized by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Brooklyn Community Board 13, Astella Development Corporation, and the Coney Island Development Corporation, & The Coney Island Dancers.

Alteratively, you can sign up now to help clean up Coney Island on Saturday.

Meanwhile bring your donations of nonperishable goods, individually wrapped sandwiches, toilet paper, baby formula, diapers, blankets, outerwear and baby clothes to Coney Island's FEMA station which is now located at The Shrine Church of Our Lady Of Solace at 2866 West 17th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11224.

And donate to help the aquarium get back on its feet. As discussed, the aquarium was flooded very badly.

If you're a Coney Island resident wondering where to vote today, check HERE (you might need to take a shuttle bus).

We previously posted a set of pictures taken in Coney Island right after the hurricane. Here's another set of pics by Brian Russ (who is in Brooklyn band backwords who are streaming their most recent album and playing Glasslands 1/18 with Gringo Star and Radical Dads). More below...

Continue reading "more Hurricane Sandy pictures from Coney Island (where they still need our help -- donations & volunteers accepted)"

Questlove voted today...
Questlove

As you probably know, it's Election Day, November 6th, 2012. Don't slack. Your vote counts, so get out there and cast your ballot (If you're registered and you didn't already do so by now).

Here in NYC and NJ, Hurricane Sandy has thrown a wrench in the polling machinery a bit, but....

Because so many people have been displaced by the storm, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order allowing people to vote in Tuesday's statewide and presidential elections at any polling place in the state. New Jersey had already taken similar measures.

"Just because you are displaced doesn't mean you are disenfranchised," Cuomo said. "Compared to what we have had to deal with in the past week, this will be a walk in the park when it comes to voting." [Pennlive]

Mind you this is only for people located in "federally-declared disaster counties." If you are not in an affected area, you can only vote at your assigned polling station so make sure you know where it is (and note it may be somewhere different this year).

For voters still in affected areas in Rockaway, Staten Island and Coney Island, they've also set up shuttles:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has designated MTA buses will run shuttle service on Election Day to carry voters from damaged polling places to alternate sites established by the Board of Election on Staten Island and Coney Island and in the Rockaways. The free Election Day shuttle buses will run in addition to other schedule bus service in the areas.

The buses will be marked by "Voter Shuttle" destination signs, and will run from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. to help voters, particularly those displaced by the storm, get to the polling stations.

MTA buses will also be dispatched to carry Board of Election polling station workers from the Queens headquarters in Kew Gardens to their newly assigned polling stations in the three areas. The buses will run in 15 minute intervals.

Routes for the "Voter Shuttle" buses can be viewed here.

Fort Greene via @gimmetinnitus
Vote Here

NY1 reports this has not gone entirely smoothly though due to last minute changes not allowing enough time for poll workers to be re-trained, and with long lines at some stations, but it seems to vary from neighborhood to neighborhood, and anyway don't let that hold you back. As mentioned before, NY residents can find their assigned polling station here. For the rest of the country, if you are unsure where your polling station is, Rock the Vote's site is also pretty helpful if yourfuckingpollingplace.com doesn't work out for you.

Afterwards you can gather with a crowd and maybe a drink and watch the results come in. We have a list of NYC establishments throwing parties.

We won't ask who you're voting for (just please don't vote for Waka Flocka Flame). We of course do know who Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen and Will Ferrell are voting for, and The Walkmen pointed out their choice in a picture tweeted earlier today as well, as you can see below...

Continue reading "Vote today! (duh). Even if you're in a hard hit area (you can vote anywhere in NY or NJ, and shuttles are running in NYC)"

November 4, 2012

photos by Paul Lurrie

Photos of Belle Harbor post-Hurricane Sandy by Paul Lurrie
Photos of Belle Harbor post-Hurricane Sandy by Paul Lurrie

As discussed here, constantly on TV, in the papers and elsewhere, Hurricane Sandy decimated the Rockaways last week and the people there can still use your help, though it's great to hear stuff like this:

Volunteers showed up in droves today and the residents of Rockaway cannot thank you enough. We have had such positive feedback from the community, calling you "angels" and "superheroes." These folks are eternally grateful, as are we! For anyone who volunteered today, please feel free to share your experience with the group. THANK YOU!
Head to the Rockaway Relief Facebook page or NYCService.org to find out how you can help.

On Friday (11/2), Belle Harbor resident and photographer Paul Lurrie took some photos of the devastation around his neighborhood and in the neighboring and also mourning Neponsit, Queens (The Rockaways consist of Arverne, Bayswater, Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Far Rockaway, Hammels, Neponsit, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, Roxbury, and Seaside). View more below...

Continue reading "photos: Hurricane Sandy destruction in Belle Harbor & Neponsit in The Rockaways"

November 2, 2012

Rockaways home post-Sandy (via @box_of_rox)
Rockaways

Standing in front of his sister's severely damaged property on 137th and Cronston, 44-year-old Thomas Callahan, whose home and business had both been flooded out, was asked when he expected power to return. "It could be up to thirty days and we have no gas for generators," he said. A creeping cold was settling in as he estimated that "eighty percent" of his neighbors had not evacuated, as the majority of them had heeded official warnings and left before hurricane Irene hit last year, an event which wound up causing the peninsula little damage. "That gave them a false sense of security, so they stayed. Even the older folks," Callahan added, puffing on a cigarette.

But this time, he said, the water came up so high, "kids were kayaking through the neighborhood." The damage that water wrought was all around: knocked down trees, piles of rubble, and bombed out yards.

Further west, on Rockaway Beach Blvd, a dozen people were huddled near a closed gas station waiting for a bus in the pitch darkness. None of them had flashlights. They had been waiting for forty minutes, said one, Kevin Smith, who had spent three and a half hours getting into Manhattan that morning so he could find a place to work with power. Asked about the restoration of heat, water and electric, Smith-who like many on the peninsula, lives in a large apartment complex and has no running water-said, "I think that's something we're all very concerned about, and a lot of the residents around here just weren't prepared, no flashlights candles or nothing." - [Animal]

Between the destruction by winds and water, and the horrific fire at Breezy Point, The Rockaways were possibly the hardest hit area in the Five Boroughs by Hurricane Sandy. If you've seen photos or video (not this one) from the area or lived it like NY1's Bob Hardt, you know the devastation is jaw-dropping. The whale is gone, the boardwalk is gone, the skate park is gone, disabled senior citizens from nursing homes remain in makeshift shelters all around the city... the list goes on. A few more pictures from the wreckage are below. If you'd like to help there's a Rockaway Relief group on Facebook that culling relief efforts.

Meanwhile, Coney Island, Staten Island, Long Island, Red Hook, DUMBO, The South Street Seaport, New Jersey, and many, many other areas can use some help too. No matter where you are, you can probably find a way to help.

Make sure to catch the telethon on NBC tonight too.

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Vast Aire
Vast Aire

Here's a musical way you can help. Vast Aire of hip hop duo Cannibal Ox will be playing a Brooklyn show this Saturday (11/3) at Knitting Factory with The Kominas, Rebelmatic, Orginal Text, Sav Killz, and Propaganda Anonymous. At the show, Concept Mindspray will be collecting donations to send to the Rockways. "Please help with whatever you can. Most needed are clothes, water, canned food, batteries, flashlights etc..." Tickets for Saturday's show are on sale now. It appears to be the only announced Vast Aire date at the moment.

Show flier is below, along with some Instagrams from post-Sandy Rockaways.

Continue reading "The Rockaways devastated by Hurricane Sandy (you can help); Vast Aire playing benefit in Brooklyn on Saturday "

Let there be light (via @gregbackstage

Good news from lower Manhattan! The power is back on. According to ConEd, "Area restored begins at Canal St,stretches as far north as 14/15th and reaches west to Broadway and east to the East River." Most shows at venues in the area -- like Hospitality and TEEN at Bowery Ballroom -- have already been canceled but if we hear different, we'll try and let you know.

Chelsea power is back too: "#Chelsea network: #HudsonRiver on west, #30th/31st St. on north, 14th/15th on south. #5thAve on east" tweets ConEd.

Pianos re-opens at 8 PM tonight. No bands, but food and drink. Saturday shows still TBD.

Living Room is open: ""Power's back on and we are OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Let's all hug it out on Ludlow St. We've missed your beautiful faces. So long cabin fever!" They'll have bands starting at Midnight.

So is Cake Shop: "AND WE'RE BACK!!!! Many people still out, but most of EV, LES and Chinatown back.. Stay tuned about tonites show. Well be open upstairs."

Webster Hall is open tonight: "Blackout recovery party!!! Doors open 10pm."

NYC Marathon

After harsh criticism, the city has cancelled Sunday's NYC Marathon after all.

UPDATE: a statement from the Mayor:

"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. The marathon has always brought our city together and inspired us with stories of courage and determination. 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. The New York Road Runners will have additional information in the days ahead for participants."
In related news, power just came back in the East Village and Lower East Side.

Coney Island
Coney Island
Coney Island

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 IslandConey Island

"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).

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 ciusacleanup@gmail.com.

They're also taking donations.

Coney Island

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...

Continue reading "Tom's & FEMA open for business in devastated Coney Island; Aquarium may be evacuated"