CB1 Update (Excerpts)

The info below has been excerpted from CB1’s latest email update:

Food and Water Distribution (starting at 3pm):

  • 10th Street between Avenues C and D
  • Catherine Street between Monroe and Cherry Streets (Smith Houses)
  • Pitt and Houston Streets
  • Grand and Clinton Streets – water only
  • Bowery and Division Street (Confucius Plaza)

Dry Ice Distribution:

Con Ed is distributing dry ice at Union Square Park – 14th Street and Union Square West (South Side)

Utilities Update:

Southbridge Towers Buildings 1-5 have power and running water, but no heat or hot water. Buildings 6-9 are without power, elevators and running water (this is a correction from the previous email). Battery Park City has power excluding 400 Gateway Plaza and the Ritz. Power has been restored to most of the Financial District west of Broadway, east of Broadway in the Financial District still has no power. Con Ed has said that power should be back to all of Lower Manhattan by Saturday.

MTA update:

Click here for updated MTA subway map: <http://www.mta.info/sites/default/files/pdf/HurricaneRecoveryMapOct312012.pdf

Water:

Tap water is safe to drink, reports the Mayor.

Department of Environmental Protection update: “Due to flooding and power related shutdowns caused by Hurricane Sandy, wastewater treatment plants and pumping stations have discharged untreated wastewater into New York City waterways. The New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene advises that direct contact with the Hudson River, East River, New York Harbor, Jamaica Bay and the Kill Van Kull for recreational activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, or any other water activity that would entail possible direct contact with the water should be avoided until further notice.”

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

Downtown Alliance Update:

http://www.downtownny.com/node/13580?origin=2012-10-29&mini=calendar%2F2012-10

State Senator Daniel Squadron has set up a useful blog with helpful information:

http://www.nysenate.gov/blogs/2012/oct/30/sandys-aftermath-what-expect

Resources to Help NYC’s Businesses Recover from Hurricane Sandy 

Here are some key sources of assistance that are coordinated by the New York City Department of Small Business Services and the New York City Economic Development Corporation:

  1. For small to mid-sized businesses that are facing business interruption, NYC Business Emergency Loans will be available, with loans capped at $10,000. For information, click on this link or call 311.
  2. For businesses facing displacement, the City is making short-term “swing” office space available at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, free of charge for 30 days. EDC has about 40,000 square feet of space at the Terminal that is now available for this use. Learn more.
  3. For businesses requiring other emergency assistance the SBS Business Outreach Team and Emergency Response Unit is available to help impacted small businesses. Learn more.
  4. For mid-to-large-sized businesses that need to undertake rebuilding, an emergency sales tax letter from New York City Industrial Development Authority (IDA) is available to allow businesses to avoid payment of New York City and New York State sales taxes on materials purchased for rebuilding. Please contact Shin Mitsugi atsmitsugi@nycedc.com for information.

In addition, the following Federal Aid Programs for State of New York Disaster Recovery are available:

  1. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides loans 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. To learn more contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling (800) 621-3362.
  2. In addition, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides loans to individuals, families and businesses in an area whose property has been damaged or destroyed following a Presidential-declared disaster (such as Hurricane Sandy), and whose losses are not covered by insurance. To learn more, contact the SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955. 

NYC Service

There will be various ways to volunteer to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – Want to Volunteer? Please email nycservice@cityhall.nyc.gov with your name, email address and borough. There will be ways to volunteer today and over the next week as opportunities arise.

The NY Tech Meetup and New Work City are organizing volunteers with technology skills to help with relief efforts and help New York-area businesses and organizations get their technology back up and running after Hurricane Sandy. Here is the signup form.

CB1 Update:

The office does not have power and we continue to work remotely. Please direct inquiries to man01@cb.nyc.gov or to Evan Lacher, Community Liaison, at elacher@cb.nyc.gov.

All CB1 meetings and events have been postponed for the week.