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Hurricane Sandy Update

October 31, 2012 by  

Hurricane Sandy Update, Here’s a recent dispatch from Gothamist on the situation downtown in NYC: Jonathan Maimon lives in Downtown Brooklyn, where he commutes to his job as a associate portfolio manager for a mutual fund based in Jersey City. Maimon spent six years in Manhattan and calls it “a place that I’m pretty close with emotionally,” which is why he made a meandering five-hour, 12 mile run across Lower Manhattan to survey the damage. Based on what he saw, he thinks that perhaps the city is moving on too quickly.

“There were no Red Cross vehicles, not a lot of city vehicles around to reach out to people and ask them what services they needed,” Maimon says. “It was just pedestrians walking around and exploring. People were very calm, very friendly, you know how people are in New York. But what was shocking is that there was no food. Nothing was open. And then they have to go home to apartments without power.”

Maimon adds, “And the most serious thing to me is elderly or disabled people in high rise buildings-this affects you if you’re rich or poor. There’s not a lot of ways for them to get out safely. I’m kinda worried about the city not really knowing how many of those people are out there.” That’s why he wrote this letter to us. “The mayor just said that the worst of the storm was behind us, which is factually true,” Maimon adds. “But I personally think the worst is yet to come. Not having power is going to wear people down.”

Here’s a recent update courtesy of New York City council candidate Corey Johnson on what’s happening in NYC with regard to outages and services cut by Hurricane Sandy:

ConEd says power to be restored to all customers within 3 days. Still extremely unreliable cell service in Lower Manhattan or Dumbo. Texting seems to be working though.

Penn South / Mutual Redevelopment Houses in Chelsea has power because it runs off of generators and not ConEd.

The rest of Chelsea below 25th Street, the West Village, Greenwich Village and Soho are still without power.

Hell’s Kitchen did not lose power. There is a shelter in Hell’s Kitchen at the High School of Graphic Arts if anyone needs supplies, food, water or a charge for their phone.

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