Saturday November 24, 2012
1. Get on your bike! (via Time’s Up)
If you’ve been to the Rockaways, you know that the fastest way to get around the traffic jams of cars, volunteers, relief trucks, aid stations, and clean up crews is on a bike. So if you have the bicycle and the legs, join the Time’s Up Fossil Fuel Disaster relief riders this Sunday. The details:
1. Calling all electricians! (via everywhere)
The power grid is up, but many people can’t get the lights on until their buildings are inspected by a licensed electrician. Some folks are donating this service (like in Staten Island), and others are only charging what a friend in the Rock calls “a reasonable price gouge.” If you’d like to help in whatever way sits well with your conscience, check out the following places: Broad Channel (contact the firehouse at 718 474 8888), Red Hook (contact 718-306-9149 or firstname.lastname@example.org), Sheepshead Bay/Brighton Beach/Coney Island (contact COJECO, 917-744-2600 or email@example.com), the Rockaways (contact Kei at Occupy Sandy 347-292-8117), Staten Island (contact Occupy Sandy and Staten Island Recovers at 347-201-0670 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Canvassing, clean up, and data entry in Red Hook (via Occupy Sandy).
Occupy Sandy and Red Hook Volunteers are looking for 500 people for a massive canvassing clean up effort in Red Hook.
Meet at 499 Van Brunt Street on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Work shifts are from 10am-2pm and 1pm - 6pm.
If you’d like to do data entry, bring a laptop. Otherwise make sure you have pens and a phone. If you plan on doing demolition, be wearing appropriate clothing (ie, warm, comfortable, stuff you can get really dirty).
Volunteers will do demo, mold remediation, electrical and plumbing work, supply distribution, canvassing, and data entry.
To confirm attendance volunteers should go to www.redhookvolunteers.org/confirm
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, people will be doing demolition work, bagging garbage, doing clean up, and scrubbing mildew. Dress appropriately, wear sturdy boots, and bring heavy work gloves.
Bring your own lunch and water. If you have any of the following please bring as well: N95 masks, hammers, shovels, mops, buckets, bleach, contractor trash bags, crow bars, utility knives, industrial push brooms, flashlight w/ batteries bring them. Make sure to mark any tools you don’t want to donate.
Meet at 10am at the following locations to be grouped, trained, and sent out:
Occupy Sandy’s hub at 1128 Olympia Blvd
Goodfellas Pizza, 1718 Hylan Boulevard
49 Cedar Grove Ave big need for volunteers: cleanup, food service, etc.
95 Hett Ave Staten Island, NY 10306
Fortune magazine, my lovely employer, is working to help the South Street Seaport business community. My friend Brian rolled his eyes so hard when he heard this that I could see corneas imprinted in his forehead. Then we parked the car at Saint Gertrude’s in the Rockaways to help send boxes of water and underwear and towels and batteries to shut ins who were living in apartments with no heat that smelled like latrines because the toilets had stopped flushing.
Excellent food site Eater surveys how some of the city’s neighborhoods and restaurants are faring after the storm.
"Even for restaurants that have been able to reopen, any sense of normalcy is still a ways off. While it’s impossible to tell every story at any given time, here’s a look around the city to see how the restaurant industry is doing a couple of weeks after the storm."
Check out the whole story here.
Not all high rises are run by the NYCHA… but still some good news. (via Annaliese, via the Facebook account of our favorite Marty, Marty Markowitz).
Update from the Mayor’s Office on NYCHA:
· Power: 402 buildings people lost power because of the storm; the City has restored power to 390 of those buildings.
· Heat/Hot Water: 386 NYCHA buildings lost heat and hot water because of the storm; the City has restored heat and hot water to 290 of those buildings.
The Rockaways has seen a flood of volunteers and donations. It’s still devastated and in need of all the care it can get. It’s still important for you to bring yourselves to the area, prepared to work. But its’ getting a little chaotic down there. Annaliese adds one caveat:
"Now that there are so many people and things are coming together, it’s more important than ever for people to sign up and go through volunteer channels… I think Occupy Sandy, Congregation Beth Elohim, and neighborhood community groups that are well organized."
Annaliese, will do.
Definitely help at the hard hit areas, but try to do it via a group that is plugged into the bigger grassroots network. (No need to, you know, go rogue.) We’ll be posting sign up sheets and volunteer opportunities from those groups in our daily list of things you can do to help. In the meantime, check out:
The New Yorker basically nails why the grassroots effort has played an essential role in keeping residents safe and warm and fed in Sandy’s wake. More than a week has passed and there’s still no power, heat, or running water in most of the Rockaways, swathes of Staten Island, and in some of Manhattan’s projects. Speed has been the most important response. From the article on Michael Premo and Occupy Sandy:
Premo worked in New Orleans after Katrina, and he had a sense that right after a disaster, a city’s efforts were focussed on search and rescue, rather than on providing supplies. He thought this was a gap that Occupy could fill. He knew some people at Red Hook Initiative, a community center on Hicks Street, so he and his friends drove over there and asked what was needed—food, light, blankets. Food most of all. He and some other people got back in the car and drove to the Rockaways. He isn’t sure when they got there—probably Tuesday evening. Houses were still on fire. They walked around and asked people what they needed most.