CB1 Update

Here is a repost of the email update from Community Board 1:

CB1 Update:

The office does not have power and we continue to work remotely. Power should be restored over the weekend once Con Ed gets back online at 14th Street. 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, including The Planning, Seaport/Civic Center, Waterfront, Landmarks Committees and Arts & Entertainment Task Force meeting that was scheduled for today.

Next Week Committee Schedule:

Changes to CB1 Calendar for next week will be sent out tomorrow.

Electricity Update:

Southbridge Towers now has power. 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.

Click here for an update provided by Con Ed: http://www.coned.com/newsroom/news/pr20121101.asp

MTA update:

LIRR and Metro-North Railroad are partially opened. Subways are open with limited service. There is no subway service below 34th street in Manhattan. Trains running with partial service are 1, 2, 4/5, 6, Shuttle, A, D, F, J, L, M, N and R. Trains not running are 3, 7, B, C, E, G and Q. A ‘bus bridge’ connects Manhattan and Brooklyn. MTA expects to add service each day. Three of the seven East River subway tunnels have been pumped and are free of water.

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.”

Public Schools

City Public Schools remain closed for the remainder of the week. Teachers and administrators are to report on Friday, if possible.

Battery Park City Update:

BPC updates are being provided on the Battery Park City Block Party website. See link:http://www.bpcblockparty.com/

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

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.

Additional ways you can get involved in the recovery process:

The Red Cross expects this to be a large and costly relief response across several states, one that continues for several days, and they need your help now as they work on opening up and maintaining many shelters for those who were forced to evacuate their homes. So donate to or volunteer for the Red Cross.

There are a few recovery organizing sites that allow people to offer/request assistance, and are coordinated by the folks at Occupy NYC and community organizations on the ground including Lower East Side Recovers and Astoria RecoversRed Hook Recovers and Staten Island Recovers.

You can sign up to volunteer at the NYC Public Advocate’s Office.

Craig Newmark of Craigslist and CraigConnects is matching the next $25K in donations to help Hurricane Sandy relief efforts and United Airlines Foundation will contribute upto $50,000 to match donations to the American Red Cross, Feeding America or AmeriCares.

You can also donate blood via the NY Blood Center.

And 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.