Entries tagged with: disaster
photos by Nick Childers
Coney Island, Brooklyn, NYC - photos from 11/6/2012
I'm just going to publish this letter in full:
UPDATE FROM TODAY 11/8:Help if you can, and keep tabs on Occupy Sandy's site for other ways to do it.
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:
Non perishable and hot FOOD
BATTERIES of any size
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.
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Broad Channel - The Forgotten Town -- 11/3/2012
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.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.
"I can visualize what it used to look like before, it's heartbreaking," he said. "Nobody ever thought it would be like this." [WSJ]
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.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?
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]
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...
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Staten Island - Sunday -- 11/4/2012
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."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).
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.
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...
photos by Kurt Christensen
Since we last spoke to Kurt Christensen, he has continued to update his photo documentation of the mess Hurricane Sandy left in his Long Island town of Lindenhurst. It's not all bad though, this photo set contains images of people coming together to help others, which even in the worst of times is always a nice thing to see. Speaking of which, Patch has a list of ways people can volunteer in Babylon Village, and a list for Long Island in general.
On Saturday Kurt wrote:
Today restored my faith in humanity. From the massive response to the food and clothing drive at the firehouse, to the random people driving around handing out hot coffee, to the local businesses and Girl Scouts handing out meals on Wellwood, to the really cool group of people I met who drove down from Huntington with a grill and a load of burgers to hand out free food down on Shore Rd. This tragedy has really brought out the best in people.And his photos are reaching far and wide:
After the first day these photos were up, I received a message from an Army CPT in Afghanistan who didn't know what happened to her family. I was able to visit them, and shoot a quick video of them, so they could let her know that they were all ok.Check out the rest of this new set, below...
I also received a message from a woman who didn't know the fate of her family home, so I went and checked it out for her.
There is also a guy who reached out to me after he saw that the home his Grandfather built in the 1920's withstood the storm.
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...