CB1 Update – 11/2/12

Here are excerpts from this morning’s CB1 update:

Free packaged meals and drinking water:

Distribution Centers will be open

Friday from 1PM – 5PM

Saturday 1PM – 5PM

Bring your own bag to carry food and water. Free packaged meals and drinking water will be distributed every day until electricity is restored. Supplies are limited

Chelsea

Chelsea Park – West 27th St. between 9th and 10th Aves.

Lower East Side

Vladic Playground – East 10th St. betweens C & D Aves.

Al Smith Playground – Catherine St. bn Cherry and Monroe Streets

Hamilton Fish – Pitt Street and East Houston Street

Grand Street Settlement – Corner of Stanton and Pitt Sts. (water only)

Chinatown

Confucious Plaza – Central Plaza on Division Street

Each person will be allowed three meals and five bottles of water per day, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday. Food will also be delivered directly to home-bound residents, the mayor said.

Water:

 Tap water is safe to drink

For those in Manhattan who do not have water, the Department of Environmental Protection has water-on-the-go drinking water stations at six locations and will keep them open from 9am-5pm daily until power is restored:

West 23rd Street and 8th Avenue

East 23rd Street and 2nd Avenue

West 14th Street and 8th Avenue

Houston Street and 6th Avenue

Canal Street and Centre Street

Monroe Street

Transit:

Subway service remains limited. No subway service in Manhattan below 34th Street. No subway service between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Click here for transit tracker: http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-news/2012/oct/28/transit-tracker/

Building Inspections

The Department of Buildings is inspecting buildings in hard-hit Zone A areas to assess their structural integrity. There are three areas where these inspections are happening: Staten Island, the Rockaways, and Lower Manhattan.

Buildings will be tagged with one of three color placards to indicate their safety:

·         Green: the building is safe to enter

·         Red: the building is not safe and may not be entered

·         Yellow: it can be occupied conditionally (i.e. one floor may be safe while another is not.) These conditions would be explained on the placard.

Building owners can also self-certify with the Department of Buildings.

Con Edison Restores 320,000 Customers:

Customers served by underground networks in Mid- to Lower Manhattan who lost power during the storm will have service by this Saturday. Con Ed is hoping to push that up earlier.

The utility said although it has restored power to some areas of Manhattan, more than 100 buildings may still be without electricity due to basement flooding or damage to local equipment.

Con Edison will be distributing dry ice at seven locations until supplies run out.  Personnel will also be available to answer questions.

  • Brooklyn: Walgreen’s, 532 Neptune Ave. (between W. 5th & 6th Streets)
  • Bronx: 1840 Bogart Avenue
  • Queens: 121-10 Rockaway Blvd.
  • Staten Island: Entrance to Great Kills Park on Buffalo Street
  • Manhattan: 14th Street and Union Square West (South Side)
  • Westchester County: IBM Complex/Town Park at Business Park Dr. parking lot

FEDERAL AID PROGRAMS

Home Disaster Loans: Loans to homeowners or renters to repair or replaced disaster-damaged real estate or personal property owned by the victim. Renters are eligible for their personal property losses, including automobiles.

Business Physical Disaster Loans: Loans to businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property owned by the business, including real estate, inventories, supplies, machinery and equipment. Businesses of any size are eligible. Private, non-profit organizations such as charities, churches, private universities, etc., are also eligible.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs): Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period. EIDL assistance is available only to entities and their owners who cannot provide for their own recovery from non-government sources, as determined by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Federal Aid Programs for State of New York Disaster Recovery Loans are available up to $2 million for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance, and for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes that have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems and need funds for working capital to recover from the disaster.

More information can be found at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Information from the Federal Small Business Administration on disaster recovery assistance is also available at www.sba.gov.

Health Care

Bellevue, New York Downtown, Manhattan VA, NYU Langone, and Coney Island Hospitals have all been evacuated.

Downtown Soccer League

Downtown Soccer League is closed till further notice. Please see website:http://www.downtownsoccer.org/

Downtown Community Center

Manhattan Youth will open after school programs and all school based programs the same day school begins.  For now the downtown community center is closed.

For more information www.manhattanyouth.org