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Mike D & Sam Talbot working a grill in the Rockaways (cheftalbot20)
Mike D

Thanks to Richard Young for pointing us to this picture of Beastie Boy Mike D helping out on his 46th birthday in Rockaway Beach yesterday (11/20). If you'd also like to help out Occupy Sandy in the Rockaways, head to their website for more information.

YMCA

No more shelter at the Park Slope Amory. DNA Info reports:

The Hurricane Sandy evacuees that were staying at the Park Slope Armory YMCA have moved out of the building and it will reopen soon to YMCA members -- but officials don't know exactly when.

The last of the evacuees -- many of whom were elderly people from senior homes in the Rockaways damaged in the storm -- left on Sunday, according to City Councilman Brad Lander. One group moved back into an adult care facility, and two other groups will stay in "transitional housing" at other assisted living facilities while their buildings are repaired, Lander said in an email.

The Armory, which usually houses a YMCA branch complete with an indoor running track and spinning and yoga classes, will reopen "as soon as possible" to its members, a spokeswoman said, but she declined to speculate on an exact date.

A bit of good news at least (for the shelter residents, and the YMCA members).

Park Slope residents (or anyone) looking to still lend a helping hand can do so via Congregation Beth Elohim who have been posting sign up sheets with jobs ranging from "Food Preparation in the CBE Kitchen" to "Volunteer for Field Work in Coney Island." If you choose the latter, just make sure to stay healthy.

As always, Occupy Sandy (who held a big benefit concert over the weekend) can also use your help.

Park Slope Armory

I've tweeted a lot about this over the past two weeks, and mentioned it in some posts, but one easy place to help out for residents of Park Slope, Windsor Terrace and the surrounding areas is at the Park Slope Armory shelter (usually a YMCA) which is located on 15th Street between 7th & 8th (in Brooklyn, you can't miss it). The place is full of displaced, elderly and disabled residents of the Rockaways.

If in doubt, just stop in and ask them what they need. Bring a coffee and some healthy food for the staff. They might send you right to a quick orientation and put you to work or they might tell you to come back later. They might be accepting donations of certain items. They'll let you know. BUT, they've also gotten much more organized as the days go on, and you can now also sign up in advance for a shift. There's one sheet for Friday/Saturday and another now for Sunday/Monday (more sheets to follow). UPDATE: here is the sheet for Tuesday/Wednesday (11/13-11/14).

They can use 50 volunteers a day and 40 at night, especially ones that can speak Russian. Volunteers help with general support, food preparation, daily routines, meals, social support and logistics. Wear comfortable clothes. No photos. No kids. Have fun!

Update: Check out a list of items they need at the armory below...

Continue reading "Park Slope Armory still needs volunteers"

The Rockaways, post-Sandy (more by Gretchen Robinette)
The Rockaways

THIS IS HAPPENING SATURDAY:

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We've organized a day of advocacy in Far Rockaway to aid those who continue to suffer in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and we need your help.

Want to join us but don't know how to get there? Uber is sponsoring FREE transportation between Manhattan and our volunteer site at 2052 Mott Avenue. They'll send cars to pick us up at 8am from 37 W. 28th St (28th St. btw Broadway and 6th Ave) and take us and our supplies to Far Rockaway where we'll get started at 9am.

NOTE: Uber is generously transporting over 200 of us tomorrow! If you haven't emailed charlotte@reshmafornewyork.com to confirm your ride, we can't promise transportation tomorrow.

If you have items to donate, please bring them with you to distribute!

EQUIPMENT: Flashlights, Batteries, Battery powered radios, Battery powered clock radios,

COLD WEATHER CLOTHING (NEW ONLY!!): Blankets, Sweatshirts/Hoodies, Fleece Jackets, Coats, Gloves, Scarves, Socks, Boots

FOR THE KIDS: Books, Notebooks, School supplies, Bookbags/Backpacks, Games, Toys

SUPPLIES: Paper Towels, Plastic garbage bags, Bathroom tissue, Hand sanitizer, Soap, Toothpaste + toothbrushes, Deodorant, Moisturizing lotion, Feminine products, Household cleaning products, Rubber cleaning gloves, Baby diapers and baby wipes

FOOD: Anything non-perishable, Breakfast Bars, Protein bars, Crackers, Chips, Cookies, Canned spaghetti, Canned tuna, Canned meats, Canned vegetables, Juice boxes

The location is Thrift Way Strip Mall Parking Area - 2052 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway, NY 11691. More info HERE.

And Coney Island is another option for this weekend.

Check out the video below...

Continue reading "Help clean the Rockaways Saturday (with John Legend)"

photos by Gretchen Robinette

Broad Channel - The Forgotten Town -- 11/3/2012
Hurricane Sandy's aftermath in Rockaway on 11/3/12

Jimmy McGovern, operations chief with New York City's Sanitation Department, is tasked with clearing what superstorm Sandy left smashed onto the streets of this neighborhood, where he has lived for the last 20 years.

"I can visualize what it used to look like before, it's heartbreaking," he said. "Nobody ever thought it would be like this." [WSJ]

Earlier today Congressman Anthony Weiner came out of Twitter retirement, not with words or lude pictures, but just with a reminder via a YouTube link that the "Rockaway Needs Us." You can watch the video he was promoting below.

Now, over a week after Hurricane Sandy first devastated the Queens community, another storm is brewing, which for people in the Rockaways especially, is more than just an inconvenience...

A week after superstorm Sandy caused massive damage and power outages, some New York and New Jersey residents been evacuated ahead of a nor'easter that is expected to bring high winds and rain to the region.

More than 620 nursing home residents in New York City's storm-battered Rockaways section were evacuated Tuesday. In New Jersey, winds were kicking up early Wednesday morning prompting some coastline communities to order mandatory evacuations.

Today's nor'easter isn't expected to be as bad as Sandy, but with more than 423,000 without power in New Jersey and more than 66,000 without power in New York City, officials are worried about residents hunkered down in damaged homes with no power.

Forecasters said Tuesday that the storm looks like it will be weaker than expected as it has veered farther offshore than earlier projections indicated. Still, winds could gust up to at least 50 mph in New York and New Jersey Wednesday afternoon and into the evening.

Storm surges could reach up to 3 feet on the coast lines. The highest recorded storm surge during Sandy in New York was 13.88 feet. [ABC News]

Evacuations also mean more people in shelters, and more people in shelters throughout the five boroughs mean more volunteers needed (though not in the Rockaways today - Wednesday). Do you live near the Park Slope Armory? Do you speak Russian? As always, keep an eye on NYCService and Occupy Sandy for ways to help (in the Rockaways, Red Hook, Staten Island, Coney Island, Long Island and elsewhere - possibly right near your apartment). Have a sleeping bag?

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Hurricane Sandy's aftermath in Rockaway on 11/3/12
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Looking for fun ways to help? Attend or play a benefit show.

BV photographer Gretchen Robinette, whose pictures you recently saw from Red Hook and Staten Island, also headed out to the Rockaways the other day and snapped some shots (like Belle Harbor resident Paul Lurrie did before her). More of those and a bunch of videos, below...

Continue reading "Nor'easter approaches; Rockaway still needs us, as Anthony Weiner points out (info, pics, videos)"

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"