Lower Manhattan Update – 11-4-12

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TRANSIT

  • Additional subway service is operating on several additional lines today, and Monday morning service on both the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad will offer close to regularly scheduled service as the MTA rail and subway network continues to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy. The MTA announced these new restorations late last night:
  • 1 train service has been extended south to 14th Street
  • 2 train service has also been extended and is now running from 241 Street in the Bronx to Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn.
  • 3 train service has resumed from 148th Street to 42nd Street-Times Square.
  • Limited service has resumed on the D line from 205th Street in the Bronx to Bay Parkway in Brooklyn.
  • These service restorations add to the roster of lines now back in service:
  • Lexington Ave. 4/5/6  service is operating between the Bronx, Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.
  • Flushing Line 7 service is operating between Main Street-Flushing and 42nd Street-Times Square.
  • J service is operating between Williamsburg and Lower Manhattan via the Williamsburg Bridge to Essex Street
  • Limited service is operating on the Staten Island Railway between St. George and Tottenville.
  • Unforeseen problems with electrical service and a need for unexpected track work at the West 4 St station have slowed the timetable announced earlier yesterday for subway restorations. Info at http://www.mta.info/.

FOOD, WATER AND BLANKET DISTRIBUTION

  • Will resume Sunday from 1 PM-5 PM. Grand Street on the Lower East Side distributes only water. These sites are staffed by 800 NYC Service volunteers, as well as the Salvation Army, and the National Guard. The details of these sites, including the exact locations and hours of operation, can be found here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/foodandwater.html.
  • City will keep them operational for as long as is needed, and no one who shows up for food and water will be turned away. Some of the sites in Manhattan will not be open on Sunday because the power has been restored and these resources will be redeployed to other parts of the city.
  • Each person will be able to take three meals and five bottles of water at these sites.
  • People should bring their own bags to carry their food and water.

WARMING CENTER LOCATIONS AND HOURS FOR SUNDAY

  • The city has opened warming centers in every borough: http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/warming_ctr.html.
  • Riverdale Y Senior Center, 5625 Arlington Avenue, Bronx, 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Council Center for Senior Citizens, 1001 Quentin Road, Brooklyn, 9 AM – 3PM
  • Lenox Hill Innovative Senior Center, 343 East 70th Street, Manhattan, 9 AM – 5PM
  • YMYWHA Innovative Senior Center, 54 Nagel Avenue, Manhattan Sun 9 AM – 5PM
  • Project Find Woodstock Senior Center, 127 W. 43rd Street, Manhattan, 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Senior Guild Luncheon Program, 120 Anderson Avenue, Staten Island, 9 AM- 6 PM
  • There are buses running to take people to shelters if they need a place to stay warm.  The bus pickups are listed here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/overnight_shelter.html.
  • The 15 hurricane shelters are also open for those who are seeking warmth: http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/hurricane_shelters.html
  • Those who are using generators in their homes to run their heat should be very careful to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.  Tips for smart generator use are below.

COLD WEATHER PRECAUTIONS

  • Those that do choose to remain in their homes without heat should:
  • Find a warm place to spend go several times a day. New York City has opened warming centers.
  • Cover all bare skin. Wear loose layers for warmth, wear gloves and a hat indoors.
  • Drink warm liquids throughout the day, but avoid excessive caffeine.
  • Never use a gas stove or range, or a portable gas heater to heat your home. They emit carbon monoxide and can kill.
  • People should watch for signs of hypothermia and if they occur, seek a warm place and medical attention. Early signs of hypothermia include:
  • Confusion or sleepiness, slowed or slurred speech
  • Uncontrollable shivering or stiffness in the arms and legs
  • Poor control over body movements and slow reaction
  • If you suspect someone is suffering from excessive cold, take their body temperature. If it is below 96 degrees, call 911 immediately.

CON EDISON

  • There has been significant progress in turning on power.  There are now approximately 194,000 customers still without power in the city, down from 460,000 yesterday.
  • The City has provided emergency generators to hospitals, nursing homes, public housing developments, and other facilities throughout the city.
  • Anyone without power who is using candles for light should be extremely careful – do not leave them burning through the night and do not leave them unattended.  This city has responded to six fires started by candles this week.

FUEL

  • The National Guard is providing motorists and people needing fuel for generators with free gasoline at four armories in the city, as well as in Freeport, Long Island.
  • There is a 10-gallon limit per vehicle.
  • The locations in New York City are:
  • Queens Armory at 93-05 160th Street in Jamaica
  • Bronx Armory at 10 West 195th Street
  • Brooklyn Armory at 1579 Bedford Avenue
  • Staten Island-Elizabeth Armory, at 321 Manor Road
  • Friday night, the Buckeye pipeline, the interstate gasoline transmission line serving New York City, pushed 100,000 barrels of fuel into our city – the first major influx since before Sandy struck.
  • It will likely take a few days before you see the effect of this additional supply at your neighborhood service station.
  • With the subway system back in operation, there should be considerably less congestion on our roadways going forward.
  • Do not drive unnecessarily.

SCHOOLS OPENING MONDAY

  • Public schools will be open on Monday. However, 65 schools definitely will not open on Monday.  This includes: 57 schools in 40 buildings that sustained damage from the storm. On Wednesday the students from these 57 schools will attend class in alternative sites. 8 schools where emergency shelters are located. There are another 178 schools still without power. DOE expects the vast majority of those will have power restored and be open on Monday.
  • Note that Tuesday is Election Day and schools are closed that day.
  • DOE expects that 96% of school buses will be running on Monday morning, though there may be delays in pickups due to continuing cleanup on the roads.
  • A reserve of substitute teachers have been called up to ensure that all classrooms are covered.
  • To get all the latest information about schools for the upcoming week you can:
  • Visit http://schools.nyc.gov/Home/InOurSchoolsToday/2012-2013/cancellations2.htm
  • Call 311
  • Text the words “nyc schools” to 877-877

DISASTER ASSISTANCE CENTERS

  • The city opened centers that provide information about applying for emergency social and economic benefits.
  • The list of sites can be found here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/2012/dasc.html
  • These facilities are being operated by the City’s Human Resources Administration in cooperation with FEMA. They will be open from 10am to 7pm, seven days a week.
  • CU Park parking lot at 1904 Surf Avenue in Coney Island/ Brooklyn / 8 AM – 5 PM
  • Fort Tilden Park at Beach Channel Boulevard/ Queens / 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Waldbaum’s /112-15 Beach Channel Drive bt Beach 65th & Beach 66th Streets/ Queens / 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Mount Loretto at 6581 Hylan Blvd. at Sharrotts Road/ Staten Island / 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Miller Field at 600 New Dorp. Lane at Weed Avenue / Staten Island /10 AM – 5 PM

ROADWAYS

  • With most mass transit resuming, we expect that the severe congestion of this past week will start to lessen. The 3-person HOV restriction on crossings into Manhattan expired.
  • The Holland Tunnel is open to commercial vehicles and buses. Details here: http://www.panynj.gov/alerts-advisories/inclement-weather.html.
  • The Hugh Carey Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and the Midtown Tunnel are still closed.
  • Alternate side parking will not be in effect Sunday but will be in effect on Monday. Meters are in effect.