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.


11/08/12 10:00am


Image source: TWC

So last night and into today is the nor’easter we’ve been hearing so much about. How has it affected you? Are you seeing snow? We were warned of possible downed power lines again – here’s hoping everything is up and running. Let us know about the storm’s impact on you here in the comments or via twitter at @queensnycity.

11/05/12 11:00am


Image source: Google – click to enlarge

We mentioned both the Google Crisis Map: Superstorm Sandy and the Google Crisis Map: Superstorm Sandy: NYC on October 28, which at that point had a few things to offer – the location of the storm, webcams, and a few other things. Since then, it’s exploded with information that is incredibly valuable during this post-Sandy world in NYC. More about the map:

This map displays information about current crises and events for which the Google Crisis Response team has collected geographic information. The data comes from a variety of sources, including official information sources and user-generated content. See the Layers list for additional details about each layer.

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11/05/12 9:30am


Image source: RunningTractor on Flickr

As we’re all witnessing, power is slowly being returned in clusters to New  York City. On Friday afternoon it was widely reported that 84,936 customers in Queens were without power but by Friday night, 29,000 more were restored in this borough.

Con Edison has given itself a little leeway, promising that the majority of these accounts are expected to be returned to normal by November 10 or 11 – this seems to firmly apply to customers served by underground wires. The more complicated repairs, on connections provided by overhead wires, may take even longer. (more…)

10/28/12 12:30pm


Image source: NYC Office of Emergency Management

As you are no doubt aware, we’ve got a hurricane nipping at our heels. Hurricane Sandy is on its way here and it looks bad – and it will become even worse because it’s scheduled to have a meetup with a Nor’easter – the collision of these two storms have caused some weather folks to nickname the whole thing, “Frankenstorm” – this is ironic especially since we are so close to Halloween. “Turduckenstorm” has also made an appearance as well – a storm within a storm.

On a more serious note, over on the Facebook page for Craig Allen – the meteorologist at CBS 880 AM, is some good information. Here’s a storm tracking map – all the possible predictable paths the storm could take.

Image source: CBS 880 AM

Would have been great if the storm took the path of that outer green path. And here’s the storm along the Southeast coast (click to enlarge).


Image source: CBS 880 AM

It’s a big one. (more…)