Posts tagged ‘sandy’

November 15th, 2012

JESUS HOLY SHIT Hurricane Sandy , Verrazano Bridge , Brooklyn ….


Hurricane Sandy , Verrazano Bridge , Brooklyn . 10/29/12

Carlos Ayala

November 13th, 2012

sandysucks: People don’t understand what it’s like in these…


People don’t understand what it’s like in these projects. Forward to minute 2 for a look at why it’s so important to knock on every door, and why it’s so hard to get to every person. There are projects and high rises like this all over in places where the power is still out. This is truly the invisible underclass.

November 9th, 2012

Volunteer Opportunities at NYC Parks tomorrow

(Note: I personally definitely feel that helping with food, water, electricity, shelter should be everyone’s priority. I urge you to look here for ways to help. But I know that for some folks it’s not possible to do certain types of work, for whatever reason, and parks are important and beneficial, especially with a lot of people who’ve been stuck inside with kids for long periods of time lately.)

New Park Volunteer Opportunities

Many of New York City’s parks, playgrounds and beaches were severely
impacted by Hurricane Sandy. If you would like to volunteer with NYC
Parks to aid in clean-up and recovery, please review the list of
parks, playgrounds and beaches below that are in need of assistance
this Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday. Click the links below to sign up
in your borough and be sure to check back for updates on other parks
in need of volunteers!


Crotona Park (Wednesday)
Orchard Beach (Saturday only)

Click here

to volunteer in the Bronx

Brooklyn (Saturday only)

Coney Island

Click here
to volunteer in Brooklyn


Fort Tryon Park (Saturday only)
Harlem River Park (Saturday only)
Inwood Hill Park (Sunday only)

Click here

to volunteer in Manhattan

Queens (Saturday only)

Joe Michael’s Mile
Crocheron Park
Queensbridge Park
Astoria Park

Click here
to volunteer in Queens

Staten Island (Sunday only)

Kaltenmeier Playground

Click here

to volunteer in Staten Island

November 8th, 2012

Can you help the Red Hook Initiative Today or Tomorrow?

Red Hook Initiative

Dear Friends-

Yesterday and last night as the snow and high winds moved in to Red Hook, thousands of residents were still without heat, electricity, and in some cases, running water. One “warming center” was open until midnight, but residents experienced a long, cold night with temperatures below freezing.

Today, our request is brief and simple, we need volunteers. Many of you have offered to come help this weekend, and we will eagerly put you to work. If you are available today or tomorrow, to bear the cold and deliver warm lunches and dinner to home-bound residents, we would greatly appreciate it.

Please send us an email to to let us know what time you are able to volunteer. We’ll let you know when we have enough support so we don’t bring in more people than we have assignments for. Please come to the Red Hook Initiative, 767 Hicks Street in Red Hook, corner of West 9th, anytime from 10am - 6:30pm today or tomorrow.

For those of you wondering about volunteer opportunities this weekend, or for large groups, we’ll respond on Friday, or watch our website for updates.

Once again, we want to say thank you for the incredible response we are receiving during this crisis. 
ETA FROM MIKKI: I promise it is actually really fun
November 6th, 2012

matthewedwards: theatlantic: In this sobering photo from…



In this sobering photo from Reuters photographer Lucas Jackson, Rockaway Beach residents stand near a fire as they listen to the radio for news of the presidential election. Consider it a reminder that while we’re all huddled over our computers, eyes glued to cable television and exit polls, many Americans are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy.

And that is why we need to keep Obama in office.

November 5th, 2012

diegueno: eliz: Attention all 101,000+ of you: FEMA, Red…



Attention all 101,000+ of you: FEMA, Red Cross, Army Corps of Engineers, etc. are barely making a dent in the rebuilding of the Rockaway peninsula. Residents there need your help and your time.  They still have no power, heat, and in some cases no running water or functional plumbing. Occupy Sandy is doing the most on-the-ground work right now and they are in need of supplies and human power.

Please see OCCUPY SANDY: ROCKAWAYS for info on how to help and where to donate. You can also check out the main OCCUPY SANDY site for info on helping other ravaged parts of NY and NJ.

Please REBLOG. Merely “liking” this post won’t help!

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This is what matters. I made approximately 100,000 peanut butter sandwiches yesterday at the soup kitchen. A drop in the bucket of what’s needed.

November 4th, 2012

SPELL TO BANISH AN UNWELCOME ENTITY Speak directly to the entity, or in the room most affected,…


Speak directly to the entity, or in the room most affected, saying:
It is time to leave here; all is well. There is nothing here for you now, You must be gone
Go now, go ~ complete your passing, Go, and with our blessing fare well. Farewell.
Remove everything of the previous occupant ~ writing and photos in particular.
If there is anything you wish to keep, purify it with salt or incense, saying:
With this I purify you of the past Of hurt and memories Keeping only Love

November 4th, 2012

sassmadness replied to your post: The person I was most excited to see when I got back if you’re…

sassmadness replied to your post: The person I was most excited to see when I got back

if you’re thinking about going to the church on 4th and 54th street in sunset park, you might want to go to rockaway…it is right near my house and they have been inundated with people, probably too many.

I ended up staying here, helping sort donations at Union Pool and coordinate getting them out. Rachael went to Clinton Hill and said it was epic. I am happy to see so many people helping! I was thinking about how, during 9/11, I lived on the east side, near the hospitals and the armory, and everyone was standing by, doctors in the streets, everyone, thinking there would be ambulances full of people, but they never came. And how the trainers of the search and rescue dogs had volunteers hide so the dogs could find them, because the dogs were getting depressed at not finding any survivors. Anyway, I’m a little emotional from mismanaging my medications but it feels good to help—although it’s small comfort when you see how bad things are.

the end.

November 3rd, 2012

anarcho-queer: New York City Officials Ignore Devastated…


New York City Officials Ignore Devastated Chinatown, Advocates Say Income And Race Is To Blame

Income and race have a lot to do with the situation that we’re in, I went by Wall Street last night and all the lights were on, the buildings were empty, there were christmas lights on the trees and it was absolutely crazy because we had just left here [Chinatown] and it was pitch black,” said Helena Wong in an interview with The Nation.

Wong is the executive director of the Chinatown-based organization CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities.

What we’re seeing is no officials are coming here, there are no translated documents, there’s no FEMA, Bloomberg isn’t here, no ones invested any resources in to this community and there are other communities as well that aren’t Wall Street and aren’t Time Square and it’s pretty clear that it’s profits over people right now,” Wong went on to say.

The video was shot and produced by Francis Reynolds at The Nation.

CAAAV is currently accepting donations for flashlights, batteries, food and bottled water. Visit their website for more information.

November 2nd, 2012

Greenpoint Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry Needs Your Help

Dear Friends,

From the best of our knowledge, much of Greenpoint fared reasonably well during Hurricane Sandy. Parts of the neighborhood were underwater, but nothing like our neighbors to the north in Long Island City. We are very grateful that the building did not sustain significant damage and the basement remained dry. Because we did not have a sustained power outage, the food in freezers and refrigerators is good. Because we are in such good shape, we are focusing our resources on the storm recovery process.

We are responding to the storm in several specific ways, and can use your help.

1. We are continuing to provide a hot meal on Wednesdays and groceries to anyone who comes to the food pantry. By continuing our regular services, we contribute to a greater sense of calm among some of the most vulnerable people in North Brooklyn.  Because of our work, people who do not have food, or cannot afford it, do not have to resort to extreme measures out of fear of not having food to eat.

2. We are helping people who receive SNAP benefits (aka Food Stamps) apply for replacement benefits due to the storm. This can be a complicated process for folks who do not have a computer or fax machine. We are printing out the forms, helping people complete them properly, and faxing them to the HRA office. This allows people to receive replacement food stamps quickly, without having to walk to the HRA office, which is several miles away.

3. We are making portable meals for people staying at the shelter in Coney Island. We prepare the food here, and our city councilman Steven Levin is delivering the food to the shelter with his car, which has gasoline (a very precious resource right now).

We need your help! Please donate to the hunger program. We promise to use your funds wisely. You can make a one-time donation via PayPal at  or you can sign up to give monthly. If you’re not into online giving, you can send a check to: Greenpoint Church Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry 136 Milton St.  Brooklyn, NY 11222.

Thank you for your support of this important work and such a crucial time.

Ann Kansfield


Our mailing address is:
Greenpoint Reformed Church
136 Milton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Note: There are other food banks and soup pantries in North Brooklyn that need your support—click here for a list. The guy who runs the one at the Church of the Transfiguration is really awesome, a former priest who is now married and has kids, he is so kind and nice.

I will be back in NYC Saturday, finally, and going to Red Hook to volunteer with the Red Hook Initiative—a grassroots group that has been working in the community for years. If you have stuff to donate and can’t get to Red Hook, but you can get to my house, I will get it there. Right now they are asking for cleaning masks, cleaning supplies (this includes mops, buckets, sponges, cleanser, baking soda, vinegar, etc.), flashlights, lanterns, batteries, candles, flashlights, and pet supplies.