11/18/12 9:00am

Image Source: R.U.S.H

Restaurants Unite for Sandy Help (R.U.S.H) and Sunnyside Cares join together to offer an extravaganza featuring music, food, libation, children’s activities and a monster raffle at Sunnyside Community Services (GMAP). All money raised will go directly to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Consider the following: $10 all-you-can-eat bracelet; $10 bar bracelet; $15 combo bar-food bracelet; and $5 children’s bracelet.

Can’t make it today but would like to donate? Make an online contribution here.

The R.U.S.H
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012
Sunnyside Community Services, 43-31 39th Street
4 pm-8pm | $5 – $15

11/10/12 9:00am

Image Source: Queens Economic Development Corporation

Corona Cares for the Rockaways  is a cultural festival/hurricane relief event at the newly refurbished Corona Plaza (GMAP). Enjoy an afternoon of diverse dance performances, concerts, children’s activities, and art. Plus, there will be a checkpoint where people can donate materials to a van that will make nonstop round trips to The Rockaways and back.

Corona Cares for the Rockaways
Saturday, Nov. 10
Corona Plaza, Roosevelt Ave., between 103 and 104 Streets
12 noon-4 pm | Free

11/06/12 9:30am

Image source: FEMA

As we mentioned yesterday, there was FEMA hope for the Rockaways in the form of a visit from the agency, and that is exactly what happened – Administrator Craig Fugate did visit the area on Sunday, according to the FEMA blog:

Administrator Fugate then traveled to Breezy Point, Queens to survey the ongoing response and recovery efforts in the borough.  FEMA teams are on the ground there registering survivors for financial assistance from FEMA. It’s important to remember that the first step to receive financial assistance is to register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or visiting www.dissasterassistance.gov on a computer or mobile device.

As of this afternoon, more than 182,000 people have registered with FEMA and over $158 million has been approved.

The Administrator then drove to Rockaway, Queens to survey the response and recovery efforts.  There, FEMA staff, the National Guard, New York Fire Department and New York Police Department, and private sector cell phone companies, were all working together to support disaster survivors.  By far, the largest effort has been neighbors helping neighbors clean out homes and start down the road to recovery together.

Also in Rockaway, the Administrator stopped by a FEMA Mobile Disaster Recovery Center, where survivors can find out about the federal financial assistance programs that are available.  The center was being manned by FEMA staff as well as FEMACorps members (you can find out more about FEMACorps here).

Finally, the Administrator stopped by the Community Church of Nazarene in Far Rockaway, where Rev. Dr. Les Mullings and Congressman Gregory Meeks showed the Administrator around the congregation which was working tirelessly taking in and distributing clothing, as well as serving hot meals to disaster survivors.

Hurricane Sandy surivors were feeling forgotten after days of no visits from FEMA, though parts of the peninsula were helped out by the National Guard, the Navy, and in Broad Channel a self-organized community police department also helped out their community.

Administrator Fugate Travels to New York to Survey Ongoing Response and Recovery Efforts [FEMA]
Feeling forgotten in the Rockaways after Hurricane Sandy [QNYC]

11/05/12 10:00am


Image source: mdpNY on Flickr

We were inspired by Gothamist to ask this question, because it’s so rad – who was and/or is your Hurricane Sandy hero? A friend or relative? Your pet? Local volunteers? A local biz that gave you a hot cup of coffee? The people that got rid of the fallen branches? The ConEd worker who restored your power? Someone who took you when your house was damaged? Someone else? Let us know – we’d love more positive news these days. Leave us a comment here or via twitter at @queensnycity!

11/03/12 9:00am

We were particularly impressed by this collection of photos from all over the metro area of the flooding during Hurricane Sandy – the infamous one from LaGuardia airport, heartbreaking ones from the Rockaways (including Breezy Point), and flooding in Jamaica Bay are included. Here’s the LGA one (click to enlarge):


Image source: Gizmodo


11/02/12 12:00pm

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It was almost instantaneous – our friends and neighbors around New York City identified the needs of those hit hardest by the surges of Sandy and swung into action.

Want to help, too? The following resources are designed to connect your resources – good stuffs, man-power, funds, blood, and clothes – to those in need in the Tri-State region and in Queens.

American Red Cross  The Red Cross is uniquely qualified to handle the most serious issues affecting victims of Sandy. You can donate money,  skills, and importantly, blood, for which they are specifically asking. They’re also at work in the Caribbean, Sandy’s first stop in her path of destruction.


11/01/12 12:00pm


Image source: Andrew Zimmerman on Facebook

Over the weekend, we posted about a Village Voice reporter who decided to hole himself up in someone else’s apartment in LIC for the duration of Hurricane Sandy. He said then:

Today, I will be updating Voice readers about the storm from the evacuation zone of Long Island City. But my choice to not evacuate is not a macho thing. Rather — despite having been warned of the dangers of my current location by its current status as an “evacuation zone” as the supposed storm to end all storms is bearing down on New York — Long Island City is still a much safer neighborhood than Crown Heights, where I currently reside.

OK, then. He did post an update, post-hurricane:

Our apologies for our two-day absence, we were holed up in an apartment in an “evacuation zone” in Long Island City that — as it turns out — we probably should have evacuated.


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…)