Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sandy on Halloween in NYC

Sandy on Halloween.

Looks like for Halloween this year New York City is going as Atlantis.

Tricko de treato, que smello mi feeto. Giverdoro mis somethingo bueno to eato.

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SOHO at 6pm on Halloween night, looks ghostly 

West Side Highway at 6pm in the dark after 
watching the evacuation of the nation's oldest continuously running hospital.    

LaGuardia Airport will reopen Thursday at 7:00 a.m. ET with limited flight schedules.  

NYC has a FaceBook page that is quite informative.

Odd Sandy related  things.

A crazy jet skier on the East River during Hurricane Sandy.

Three trees and a fire

The news report on the jet skier

Twitter hashtag: 

From the Gothamist, which has loads of useful information
Still confused by which subways are or aren't going to be in service when it resumes? The MTA has released a modified map to help make it more clear—check out the PDF below. Also, tipster Zach van Schouwen created his own version, which you can see above.

According to the MTA's Kevin Ortiz, subway service resumes at 6 a.m. Fares are back in effect, but the "bus bridges" between Manhattan and Brooklyn are free. He recommends adding 30-60 minutes to the commute, which seems low.
Here are the details, along with information about buses, Metro-North and LIRR.
NYCT SUBWAY SERVICE: 1 trains will operate local between 242nd Street (Bronx) and Times Square-42nd Street.
2 trains will operate between 241st Street (Bronx) and Times Square-42nd Street, with express service between 96th Street and Times Square.
3 trains are suspended.
4 trains will operate in two sections making all local stops:
· Between Woodlawn (Bronx) and Grand Central-42nd Street
· Between Borough Hall and New Lots Avenue
5 trains will operate express in Brooklyn between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and Flatbush Avenue.
6 trains will operate local between Pelham Bay Park and Grand Central-42nd Street.
7 trains are suspended.
42nd Street Shuttle S trains will operate between Times Square and Grand Central.
A trains will operate in two sections making all local stops:
· Between 168th Street (Manhattan) and 34th Street-Penn Station
· Between Jay Street/MetroTech and Lefferts Blvd.
B and C service is suspended.
D trains operate in two sections:
· Between 205th Street (Bronx) and 34th Street-Herald Square making all local stops
· In Brooklyn, between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and Bay Parkway making express stops between Pacific Street and 36th Street
E trains are suspended.
F trains operate in two sections making all local stops:
· Between 179th Street (Queens) and 34th Street-Herald Square
· In Brooklyn, between Jay Street-MetroTech and Avenue X
G trains are suspended.
J trains operate between Jamaica Center and Hewes Street making all local stops.
L trains operate between Broadway Junction and Rockaway Parkway making all local stops.
M trains operate between Myrtle Avenue-Broadway and Metropolitan Avenue.
N trains operate between Ditmars Blvd. (Queens) and 34th Street-Herald Square making all local stops.
Q trains are suspended.
R trains operate in Brooklyn between Jay Street-MetroTech and 95th Street making all local stops.
Both the Franklin Avenue and Rockaway Park S shuttles are suspended.
All shuttle buses will operate north on 3rd Avenue and south on Lexington Avenue.
1. Between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Manhattan Bridge
2. Between Jay Street-MetroTech and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Manhattan Bridge
3. Between Hewes Street and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Williamsburg Bridge
City Terminal - (Jamaica - Penn Station): Suspended (anticipate shuttle between these stations later tonight)
Ronkonkoma Branch: Suspended (goal to restore hourly service from Ronkonkoma to Penn Station for AM rush hour Thursday, Nov. 1)
Port Washington Branch: Suspended (goal to restore hourly service from Great Neck to Penn Station for AM rush hour Thursday, Nov. 1)
Babylon Branch: Suspended
Port Jefferson Branch: Suspended
Montauk Branch: Suspended
Hempstead Branch: Suspended
Long Beach: Suspended
Far Rockaway: Suspended
Oyster Bay Branch: Suspended
West Hempstead: Suspended
Hudson Line: Suspended
Upper Harlem Line: Suspended
Lower Harlem Line: Restored with hourly service
New Haven Line: Suspended
New Canaan Branch: Suspended
Danbury Branch: Suspended
Waterbury Branch: Suspended
Pascack Valley: Suspended
Port Jervis: Suspended
Bridges and Tunnels
Robert F. Kennedy Bridge: Open
Henry Hudson Bridge: Open
Throgs Neck Bridge: Open
Bronx-Whitestone Bridge: Open
Verrazano-Narrows Bridge: Open
Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge: Open
Cross Bay Veterans Memorial: Open northbound to Broad Chanel; Open southbound to Rockaways but subject to period closures for emergency equipment
Hugh L. Carey Tunnel: Closed
Queens Midtown Tunnel: Closed
Contact the author of this article or email with further questions, comments or tips.
By Ben Yakas in  on October 31, 2012 3:58 PM
Submerged escalator at South Ferry station (MTA Photos)
 Subway recovery map: go here to see the full PDF.

Lower Manhattan Power Lunch Spot Becomes Sidewalk Kitchen

Gawker: The power imbalance between upper and lower Manhattan was never going to last forever: two days after closing for the hurricane, SoHo power-lunch spot Balthazar has re-opened. After a fashion. Trapped in a powerless Dead Zone, the bistro can’t exactly seat people; it can, however, dish out food, cooked on a sidewalk grill, to hungry passers-by. It only looks like a Halal cart, though — according to Twitter chatter, they’ve got lobster and steak sandwiches at a fraction of the price that they’d normally be. Makes having to walk up to Hell’s Kitchen to charge your phone almost worth it. — Max [photo by Nick Denton]
Normally this would be about $30. Today? $5 at the Office Fire Sale. @ Balthazar Restaurant

MTA:  Bridges and Tunnels suffered major damage with flooding of the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel from end to end and the Queens Midtown Tunnel also took on water.  Damage is extremely heavy in downtown Manhattan where several subway lines converge.  The South Ferry station was filled track to ceiling with water as were several of the subway tunnels. Water remediation work is continuing in several underwater tunnels.
It is still too early to say how long it will take to restore the system to full service. This is will be an exhaustive, time-consuming process with one goal: to restore safe and efficient service to 8.5 million daily MTA customers. 

The Future According to Sandy

“We [seem to] have a 100-year flood every two years now,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he told President Barack Obama during his tour of the damage from Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday. 

Devastation of Sandy in the Caribbean

Post-Sandy New York Aims to Rethink Infrastructure Not Just Rebuild It

Emergency Disaster Pods

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in NYC and environs, assorted pics, vids, tweets

After the storm, a rainbow. A double rainbow for a superstorm.

Kurt Wilberding, a fashion and street photographer, snapped this Instagram photo in lower Manhattan, after Superstorm Sandy made its way through New York City.

The photo above is called The Day After Yesterday, taken by Noah Kalina

A beautifully written New York Times article about the people who died in Hurricane Sandy.

In Storm Deaths, Mystery, Fate and Bad Timing

Cars flooded in East  Image courtesy Gosha Khuchua @gosha83

Flooded subway station via Imgur

A flooded subway station in New York City.

The subways are likely to be down for at least several days. Power outages south of 40th Street may continue for most of the rest of the week.

Lincoln Tunnel is working.

The Halloween Parade that usually happens every year will not take place this year because it would take up too much of the city's resources that need to go into helping those in real danger or distress after the storm.

Some of the bridges are working again.

The parks are closed because of the danger of falling branches. 

NYC schools will be closed for the third day.

If you go outside at night take a flashlight, especially if you cross any street south of 40th Street. There are no street lights or traffic lights.

FDR flooded at 81st Street and the East River. Image courtesy @GarrettGleeson

A fallen tree blocks a street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan

A fallen tree down near park benches in Manhattan's Upper West Side

Cars on Avenue C and 7th Street are submerged in floodwater which flowed through the city after Superstorm Sandy arrived

Shop owner Amanda Zink begins the arduous task of cleaning her store The Salty Paw, which was completely flooded on the waterfront of lower Manhattan

A cordon is put up around scaffolding which collapsed in New York after Superstorm Sandy caused widespread damage in the city

Tree down. Image courtesy Instagram user happyhour420

On the news just now, there are 7000 trees down in NYC. 

A fallen tree at Cooper Square in the East Village, New York, after Superstorm Sandy battered the city

Image courtesy Nirnroot

Wow. Gate C34 at New York's LaGuardia Airport  Image courtesy 

Ryan Broderick @ryanhatesthis 

La Guardia Airport is closed indefinitely.

Image of ambulances waiting at NYU medical center  Image courtesy Ramss@bananaram#sandy

The evacuation of NYU hospital in the pitch dark. Patients were slid down 9 flights of stairs on 'sleds', one by one for hours.

What is the most dangerous now is that because of the loss of electricity below 40th street, there are no traffic lights. People are walking out without flashlights. There are few or no traffic cops.

For many of the people living in high rise buildings south of 40th Street, the loss of electricity means the water pumps are not functioning and they have no water. Health aides who live in Queens and Brooklyn cannot get to Manhattan to help the elderly. Many elderly cannot negotiate the stairs, are in wheelchairs and are without water. They also may not have heat. No light, no water, cannot flush toilets, unable to get out.

I am going to volunteer tomorrow and see what I can do to be of practical help.

Truck underwater at Battery Park underpass. That truck is about 8ft high - gives sense of depth Image courtesy

Taxi hit by a huge tree branch while driving on the Upper West Side NYC - wife took pic walking the dog Image courtesy Elias Lopez @elopez_nyc

This fire in Breezy Point, Queens last night. So horrible. 80-100 houses destroyed.
Image courtesy BuzzFeed @BuzzFeed

Breezy Point devastation. Image via AP.

New York City resident Gary He posted this picture with the caption 'Dude in snorkeling mask trying to rescue his friend in Greenpoint (Brooklyn)'

Breezy Point devastation. Image via AP.

Beached: A 168-foot water tanker, the John B. Caddell, sits on the shore where it ran aground on Front Street in the Stapleton neighborhood of New York's Staten Island. Image via AP.

On the news now they said 110 homes burned down in Breezy Point.

Before and After photos of Funtown Pier. Image courtesy 

Donna via @bannerite

24 hour Duane Reade on Wall Street is still open. About 10 to 15 people here, shelves empty. Image courtesy patrickdehahn #sandy

A parking lot full of yellow cabs is flooded as a result of Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken. Image courtesy MR.ESTRELLA @AllFamKid

Sandy Aftermath: Red Hook, Brooklyn Image courtesy Sticherbeast

In Brooklyn, image via AP

An Oyster in the Stormthe oysters that once protected New Yorkers from storm surges, a bivalve population that numbered in the trillions and that played a critical role in stabilizing the shoreline from Washington to Boston.

(Photo: Stan Honda, AFP/Getty Images)
The flooded Jersey Shore, image via Imgur

AmTrak is resuming service in a very limited way. First, they'll need to take the storm debris off the tracks.
A boat rests on tracks at Metro-North's Ossining Station on the Hudson Line on Tuesday in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, in New York.
A man and child look in disbelief at a collapsed house in the Cosey Beach neighborhood of East Haven, Connecticut
It's snowing post Hurricane Sandy in West Virginia, image via Imgur
Blizzard in Appalachia. "Superstorm Sandy buried parts of West Virginia under more than a foot of snow on Tuesday, cutting power to at least 264,000 customers and closing dozens of roads. At least one death was reported. The storm not only hit higher elevations hard as predicted, communities in lower elevations got much more than the in lower elevations got much more than the dusting of snow forecasters had first thought from a dangerous system that also brought significant rainfall, high wind gusts and small-stream flooding."

More photographs of Sandy and its aftermath here and here.

Flood water is toxic. It is polluted with sewage, petroleum and other toxic waste.
Tip #1: Boil or Bleach Your Water
According to Besser, “For a boiled water advisory you need to boil your water for at least one minute of full boil.  If you don’t have power and can’t do that you can take a gallon of water and add eight drops of bleach to  that water and that will make that safe to drink.”
Tip #2: Wait to Clean Out the Floods
“You want to have good light so you can see what you’re doing,” Besser said.  “When you have a couple of feet of water in your basement there may be sharp objects.  There may also be electrical problems when you’re going into a basement that has water.”
Tip #3: Wear Protective Gear
“You don’t want it to come in contact so you want to wear boots and rubber gloves and goggles so that it’s not irritating your skin and  you want to wash off very well after doing that [cleaning].”
Tip #4: Pitch Any Flood-Tainted Food and Water
Any food, any water, even in a sealed package, that has come in contact with flood water, you want to get rid of that,”  Besser said. “The one exception for that is canned goods.  You can take the labels off and either boil those cans or you can soak those cans in a bleach solution and then rinse those with clean water and use them.”

Sandy Is The Largest Hurricane To Ever Form In The The Atlantic Basin 

MTA bus status

Partial Bus Service Restored

Bus Service Operating 10/30/2012
Bus Service Operating 10/30/2012

Click borough names for PDF maps:

M2, M5, M8, M11, M14, M15, SBS15, M34, M34A, M22, M57, M60, M86, M96, M101
Bx1, Bx6, Bx7, Bx8, Bx10, Bx12, SBS12, Bx16, Bx23, Bx27, Bx36, Bx38, Bx40, Bx41, Bx55, Q50
B1, B3, B15, B35, B41, B44, B46, B61, B82, Q58, Q59
Q4, Q6, Q7, Q10, Q12, Q22, Q23, Q25, Q33, Q46, Q50, Q60, Q65, Q66, Q69, Q101, Q113
S40, S46, S48, S53, S59, S61, S62, S74, S78, SBS79
Some routes may be operating with minor detours due to street conditions, customers are advised to look for signage at bus stops.

MTA main page
M5 to South Ferry in service Tuesday night
M5 bus heading to South Ferry Tuesday night after partial service resumed
Passengers board M15 bus in Manhattan
Passengers boarding an M15 bus tuesday night after service resumed

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If you want to or can help: 
Occupy and Sandy Storm Recovery Resources
Occupy Wall Street & have teamed up with – a people-powered disaster relief platform – to help coordinate response to Hurricane Sandy in NYC. At we are launching support pages where people can GIVE help or post a NEED. For ongoing updates and info about this evolving relief effort, and to find out how you can help, be sure to sign up and stay informed at the Occupy Sandy Hub!

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