11/12/12 3:00pm


Image source: Queens Chronicle – this tree fell on the roof of the Forest Park Carousel

We were happy to learn that some neighborhoods did not sustain deep damage from Hurricane Sandy. The Queens Chronicle reports that Woodhaven, Ozone Park, and Richmond Hill – neighborhoods in south Queens that sit just above flooded Howard Beach – fared OK after the storm, comparatively speaking. These neighborhoods had to deal with fallen trees and power lines, leading to power outages. But flooding was not a worry, nor was destruction of house and home, as we witnessed in the Rockaways.


10/31/12 2:00pm


Over on Brokelyn, they’ve published a great list of resources in case your apartment or business has sustained damage or flooding from Hurricane Sandy.

Even if you were hyper-responsible and remembered to get renters insurance (thanks roommate), turns out weather related flooding is considered an “Act of God” (cue boiling blood) and is not covered anyway. While a week ago your basement apartment was filled with secondhand and Ikea junk, now it’s a den of gross black mold. Your landlord’s insurance policy will cover the structural damage, but your personal property is your own problem. Our Congresswoman, Nydia M. Velázquez, put together the following list of contact information for federal, state, and city emergency relief and response programs to help you and your small business recover from this terrible disaster asap.

Here are the agencies that can help, in a quick and dirty list:

Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) – apply for assistance starting October 31st
http://www.disasterassistance.gov (more…)

10/30/12 3:29pm

The Sunnyside Gardens area of Sunnyside is known for the large, beautiful trees that line its streets. Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy found many of these trees last night and they were ripped out at the roots, wreaking havoc on cars, sidewalks, and yards. Most homeowners got lucky, though, and did not see any damage from the fallen trunks and branches.

On 47th Street, two huge trees and a lamppost lay across the road.


Between 47th and 48th Streets, a tree went down in someone’s backyard, and yanked the square edge of the yard up with it.  (more…)