New Yorkers helping New Yorkers affected by Sandy (PHOTOS/VIDEOS).


Thursday, November 1rst, 2012. New York City – According to some reports, FEMA, President Obama, the Red Cross or Mayor Bloomberg are not helping people in New York affected by hurricane Sandy.

Different non-profit organizations and members of the Occupy Wall Street Movement are helping residents in New York City affected by Sandy.

Different non-profit organizations and members of the Occupy Wall Street Movement are helping residents in New York City affected by Sandy. says that, “Conor Tomas Reed stood beside a flagpole in front of a pair of high-rise apartment buildings in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood on Thursday afternoon, waiting for more volunteers. These buildings, like many in the neighborhood, were mostly still without power.
“I’ve been here pretty much 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.,” said Reed, a doctoral student at City University of New York and a professor at Baruch College. “Last night, we just went around handing out food, dry goods, flashlights, anything people needed.”” reports that, “The residents of C-Squat have set up 2 grills, are receiving food donations and are essentially feeding the neighborhood. After pumping out there own basement and rescuing the Occupy Wall Street bikes, the residents pumped out the water from the bar next door and the deli on the corner. As one C-Squat resident exclaimed: “”It’s like a block party!””

11/1/2012 – Staten Island needs help after hurricane Sandy!!!

Some people created the Facebook page: Boycott the 2012 NYC Marathon.
“We are a team of runners dedicated to support the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Due to the catastrophic events, we have decided to wear our Bib numbers on race day, BUT WILL NOT BE RUNNING. We will be volunteering and assisting those in Staten Island who need our help. We disagree with the decision to proceed with the marathon in light of the fact that there are so many fellow New Yorkers without homes, power, food, water and basic essentials.”

NYC parks are still closed, however the Prospect Park Alliance says that their “Third annual Walk for Prospect Park” on November 3rd is not going to be canceled. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the marathon is a go for Sunday.

People are wondering if the Mayor and the Prospect Park Alliance are more concern about the money than helping people affected by Sandy.

Runners like Josh Maio who felt torn about whether the race should go on. “It pulls resources and focus away from people in need,” said Maio, who dropped out due to an injury but is coaching about 75 runners.

Jeff Smith started the online petition “Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Mary Wittenberg, CEO of NYRR: Postpone the NYC Marathon until Spring 2013” on
The petition says, “Dear Mayor and Ms. Wittenberg – Please reconsider your decision to hold the INC NYC Marathon this year. New York City is not behind your decision. Please postpone the NYC Marathon until Spring 2013.”

11/1/2012 – Residents of Belle Harbor have more questions than answers and more frustration than relief as they wait for help in the Rockaways. Greg Cergol has the story.

11/1/2012 – Democracy Now: “We continue our coverage of Superstorm Sandy by looking at how it has impacted an economically divided New York City, especially in Manhattan, where the the richest fifth make 40 times more money than the poorest fifth. Inequality in Manhattan rivals parts of sub-Saharan Africa. We’re joined in New York City by Reuters journalist David Rohde, whose new article for The Atlantic is “The Hideous Inequality Exposed by Hurricane Sandy.” Rohde writes: “Those with a car could flee. Those with wealth could move into a hotel. Those with steady jobs could decline to come into work. But the city’s cooks, doormen, maintenance men, taxi drivers and maids left their loved ones at home.” Rohde is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a former reporter for the New York Times.”

11/1/2012 – Democracy Now: “We speak with residents of the low-income and largely minority community of Manhattan’s Lower East Side who live in the shadow of a Consolidated Edison substation that flooded during Superstorm Sandy and has left thousands in the dark. With no sign of help from the city or the Federal Emergency Management Agency, residents talk to Democracy Now! producer Renée Feltz about the storm’s impact on their lives. Many are struggling to carry water up darkened stairwells in buckets filled up at fire hydrants, while others are assisting bedridden elderly parents who live in the Jacob Riis public housing units. Everyone is asking when their power will be restored.”

11/2/2012 Democracy Now: “As New York City continues the recovery from Superstorm Sandy, we travel to the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, one of its hardest-hit areas. At least five feet of water flowed through most of Red Hook during the Sandy high-tide storm surge, flooding the commercial district and hundreds of apartments of people that live on the first floor or basement levels. The team interviewed a number of people who, hours after surviving the storm, began self-organizing relief efforts, including the Red Hook Initiative, a community organization that has teamed up with the Occupy Wall Street offshoot Occupy Sandy to provide food, water and other supplies to local residents, as well as coordinate clean-up efforts. We also speak to business owners and local residents, and visit the devastated local urban farm, Added Value.

11/2/2012 Democracy Now: “Another area of New York City hit hard by Superstorm Sandy is Chinatown in the southeastern section of Manhattan, where many businesses remain shuttered and residents are still without power, some of them stranded on high floors of apartment buildings. The group CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities has been leading a relief effort, with volunteers distributing supplies and canvassing buildings. Hundreds of people lined up Thursday to receive sandwiches, rice, water, batteries and other forms of assistance. We get a report from Democracy Now!’s Amy Littlefield who interviews residents and we speak with Helena Wong, executive director of CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, about the storm’s impact as well as issues of gentrification in Chinatown.”

Occupy Sandy Relief NYC on Facebook.
“Our economic system is set up to look for quick money rather than long-term options, and many of the situations we are seeing are symptoms of that problem. With Sandy, you saw that Goldman Sachs had all of its lights on while NYU medical center was performing an emergency evacuation because they ran out of power. We want to build an alternative economic structure that is based on longevity rather …
than profit.
We are not only bringing in relief to areas that are not experiencing government aid, but also building working with existing organizations to build strong community centers. We are building a relief effort that will still give communities access to necessary resources 5 yrs from now. People who’s homes were lost and businesses destroyed may not have the resources to rebuild their lives. These are the people who are forgotten by short-term shelters and Red Cross tents, because they require a sustainable, local, long-term approach.”

Occupy Sandy Stories
“We’re looking to share your first hand accounts of Hurricane Sandy!
We’re particularly interested in stories about your experiences in specific neighborhoods, such as relief efforts, issues, distress, and destruction from the storm. Submit your stories here on our developing tumblr page, or email us at!”

List of organizations/places where you can help.

“Sandy dejó fuertes saldos en la comunidad migrante, y ante esta catástrofe el gobierno mandó opulentos tanques y soldados bien armados para vigilar el orden público. El pueblo por su parte, actua en solidaridad. Se está recibiendo comida, en 5406 4th Ave Sunset Park Brooklyn. Iglesia San Jacobi. La gente de Occupy se encarga de cocinar. Sólo tienen que traer algún alimento. Me pueden llamar al 347982 1677″_La Negra Apanchaneh

El grupo de jornaleros de Bay Parkway preocupados por la situación, planean una reunión de emergencia este Domingo, 4 de Noviembre a las 2pm en el Community board 2214 Bath Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11214. Tren D a parada Bay Parkway.
Estas invitado, si vives por el área y deseas aportar con ideas para la restauración de la comunidad afectada por Sandy .

Staten Island Recovers: community-powered disaster recovery.
This is a recovery organizing site for Staten Island in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The site allows people to offer/request assistance, and is coordinated by the folks at Occupy NYC and community organizations on the ground.

Red Hook NYC Recovers: community-powered disaster recovery.
St. Jacobi’s Cultural Center. 54th St and 4th Ave in Sunset Park. Brooklyn, New York City.
This is a recovery organizing site for New York’s Red Hook neighborhood in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The site allows people to offer/request assistance, and is coordinated by the folks at OWS and community organizations on the ground.

The Lower East Side Recovers: community-powered disaster recovery.
This site allows people to offer/request assistance, and is coordinated by the folks at Occupy NYC and community organizations on the ground. For information on volunteering and donating supplies in other affected areas, please visit

Rockaways: Drop-off Locations, Needs and Volunteer Info.
“We need a lot of volunteer assistance in the Rockaways at Yana and also at Veggie Island – 96th Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd (please do not drop off supplies at Veggie Island, only come to volunteer). If you can’t get there on your own, please come to the St Jacobi Church in Sunset Park starting at 10am and we will be transporting folks to the Rockaways throughout the day.”

Occupy Sandy is a coordinated relief effort to help distribute resources & volunteers to help neighborhoods and people affected by Hurricane Sandy. We are a coalition of people & organizations who are dedicated to implementing aid and establishing hubs for neighborhood resource distribution. Members of this coalition are from Occupy Wall Street,, and

All locations need these items
blankets, candles, flashlights, batteries, water, food, socks, towels, printer, paper, baby items: diapers etc. pet food.

For the drop-off locations and specific requests of each location, go to the website of

VOCALNY posted on their Facebook page:
“BLANKETS NEEDED. Friends House – a wonderful program for homeless people with AIDS in Gramercy – has no electricity, heat or water and after Sandy is requesting BLANKETS for residents. You can drop them off there at 130 E 25th St in Manhattan or at VOCAL at 80 Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn & we’ll deliver.

The first HIV/AIDS housing program in the country – Bailey House in Greenwich Village – has been without power since Hurricane Sandy hit. Please donate water, protein bars, C/D batteries & hygiene kits to Bailey-Holt House at 180 Christopher St (up until 6pm tonight) OR their office at 1751 Park Avenue. Email cturner at baileyhouse dot org to help! Thanks!”

“The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS) did not escape unscathed — the museum’s basement was completely flooded after the storm.
MoRUS volunteers have been working nonstop to clean up the space. If you’re able to, please come by and lend a hand! We need all the help we can get.
MoRUS and Times Up! will continue running the bikes and providing free cell phone charging tomorrow, and C-Squat plans to continue providing free food (and likely to continue doing so until electricity is restored).”

Help the Smith Apartments. Friday, November 2.
Gathering Point:
46 Madison Street (at Oliver), Lower East Side. 10AM-5PM
We’re bringing water, food, and information up to elderly residents stuck inside their apartments without water or electricity. Organized by offshoot of CAAAV.
What’s needed (in order of importance)
1) You
2) Flashlight + batteries. Flashlight is for you. AAA and D batteries needed to hand out.
3) Food supplies (granola bars, nuts, ready-to-eat is best)
4) Water–we’ll be bringing some but extra can’t hurt.

Red Hook Initiative
“The Red Hook Initiative is currently acting as the center for hurricane recovery efforts in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
All donations received at this time will go to support supply distribution, serving hot meals, coordinating community volunteer efforts, and supporting Red Hook residents impacted by the hurricane.
Our center is currently open 10 – 12 hours per day spearheading these efforts.”

Greenpeace USA
“Rolling Sunlight, Greenpeace’s biodiesel-fueled, solar-paneled powerhouse on wheels is in New York City. Come by and grab a snack, power up your electronics, access our wifi and meet some of our Greenpeace campaigners.
Support our work today! Greenpeace is an independent organization that does not take money from corporations or government. We rely on individual donations from people just like you to do the work we do.”

Giving Back – Biking supplies to those in need
We will be meeting at 3 pm and at 6 pm on the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg bridge.
Here’s the plan:
– Buy $20 of dry goods and/or water (Individually wrapped items that don’t need heating)
– Meet up at the Williamsburg bridge on the Brooklyn side @ 3pm and/or 6pm
– Ride over and distribute items to anyone who needs them.
FOR A LIST OF DROP-OFF LOCATIONS, go to their Facebook page.

Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro
Donations of food, water, clothing, baby items, blankets, towels, and toiletries are needed. Most needed right now are work gloves, contractor-strength garbage bags, and supplies to help with cleanup.
Their site has a list of drop-off locations.

NYC Marathon runners.
If you are one of the runners and want to help those in need, this is a group of runners that will not run on Sunday.
Runners will show up at the starting line, but will break off en masses at different points of the city to deliver supplies to places hardest hit and without power.
Free packaged meals and drinking water will be given away at Distribution Centers in affected areas. Supplies will be distributed by members of the National Guard.
Distribution Centers will open:
* Thursday, Nov. 1 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm
* Friday, Nov. 2 from 7:30am – 12:30pm
* Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4 from 9:00am – 1:00pm

We ask that you bring a bag of your own to carry food and water. Supplies are limited, so please use this service only if you reside in an affected area and have limited resources due to the hurricane. You can also call 311 for information about other distribution locations around the City.

* Conch Playground – 51st Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd.
* Hammel Playground – 84th Street and Rockaway Beach
* Redfern Houses Playground – Redfern Avenue and Beach 12th Street
* Hallets Cove – Vernon Blvd. and 30th Road

Coney Island
* Surf Avenue Playground – West 25th Street and Surf Avenue
Red Hook
* Coffey Park – 85 Richards Street

* Chelsea Park – West 27th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues
* Confucious Plaza – Central Plaza on Division Street
Lower East Side
* Vladeck Playground – East 10th Street between Avenues C & D
* Al Smith Playground – Catherine Street between Cherry and Monroe Streets
* Hamilton Fish – Pitt Street and East Houston Street
* Grand Street Settlement – Corner of Stanton and Pitt Sts. (water only)

New Dorp
* Parking Lot – Corner of Mill Road and New Dorp Lane
* Corner of Yetman and Hylan Blvd

Sandy Relief -> Donations Accepted at The Riverside Church TODAY.
Collection times:
FRIDAY 11/2 – now until 10pm
SATURDAY 11/3 – 11am until 6 or 8pm (depending on flow)
SUNDAY 11/4 – 10am until about 2-3pm
Collections to directly benefit Sandy victims in STATEN ISLAND start TODAY at Riverside Church (120th St and Riverside) – if you live near, please consider donating clothing (outer garments like coats, hats, gloves, as well as shirts, pants, socks, etc.) for both adults and children, blankets, nonperishable/canned foods, plates/cups/utensils, as well as items that can help people clean up like garbage cans, bags, brooms, shovels, etc. If you live near Riverside Church, please also consider volunteering to help collect donations. Contact us here or at or email Nancy at if you have any questions!

Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV).
This is what we need immediately:
1) Donations. Specifically— food, water, flashlights, batteries (AA, AAA, D). We could use another generator and power outlets for people to charge things.
2) Volunteers. To help with outreach, distribution of supplies, and organizing/moving people. We anticipate more than double the amount of people to come through tomorrow. We’re also getting specific requests to check up on seniors and would like to be able to do that if possible. (Note: If you plan on coming through you will not have much ability to use your cellphone. Maybe texts, but not much else.)
3) Take action. Demand that the leaders of this City take responsibility for Chinatown/Lower East Side and other still impacted communities. Stop putting people over profits. The people of our communities deserve just as much attention as Wall Street and Times Square.
(4 – financial donations.)

The Legacy Center
“If you or your friends and family would like to help, The Legacy Center Warehouse will be open Thurs., November 1, Fri., November 2 and Sat., November 3 beginning at 8AM. Among other things, we are expecting two 18- wheeler trucks loaded with supplies from ministry partners. We will need help preparing the trucks to distribute the relief.”

Hurricane Sandy Staten Island Donation Drive
Drop-Off Location: 146 Sterling Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Friday, 11/2 from 5pm-9pm
Saturday, 11/3 from 9am4pm
“Note: We are then going to drive the donations out to Staten Island Saturday late afternoon / early evening, to make sure we can get them there before the start of the marathon.”

Project Hospitality in Staten Island.
Project Hospitality needs towels, blankets, food, flashlights, hygiene products, water, black trash bags, socks & underwear, and C & D batteries. Call (718) 448-1544 to arrange delivery.

Housing & Services Inc’s (HSI) Kenmore Hall needs gasoline for their generator. Location: 145 East 23rd Street in Manhattan.
For more info, email VOCAL-NEW YORK.

No Gasoline? Organize a Pedal Power Caravan to Red Hook!
Organized by People Power Movement – Movimiento Poder Popular.
“On Saturday November 3, 2012, we will be gathering in El Barrio, at East 117th Street and 2nd Avenue, with our bikes and supplies for the people of Red Hook Brooklyn. Join us in El Barrio or along the route to Red Hook.”

Sandy volunteer opportunities for this weekend (11/3-11/4)
“It’s the weekend, and what better way to spend your time than helping our communities recover from Hurricane Sandy. This is a simple list of places that are currently in need volunteers, all you need to do is show up, and get ready to rock!”

Occupy Sandy Relief NYC update: “RIDES WILL BE PROVIDED AT 10 AM AND 1 PM tomorrow Sunday.

We will be transporting volunteers and supplies from St Jacobi Church in Sunset Park (St. Jacobi is located at 5406 4th Ave, Brooklyn, New York. Between 54th & 55th Streets.) to impacted areas throughout the day. We prefer that new volunteers come to Sunset Park if possible so that we can route you to the locations with the greatest need, rather than going directly to one of the volunteer sites.

To catch a ride to Sunset Park, vehicles will be leaving from the following Brooklyn locations at 10am and 1pm. Please arrive a little before the hour as cars will be leaving on time!

Fort Green/Clinton Hill: 45 Waverly Avenue
Park Slope: 120/122 16th St btw 4th and 5th ave
Park Slope: 361 15th Street
Willimsburg: 190 Withers, First Fl
Bedstuy: 136 Jefferson Ave, apt 2
East Williamsburg: 342 Maujer st bay ridge.”

NYC Marathon of Relief 2012 (NYC MORE 2012).
“NYC Marathon of Relief Efforts 2012 (NYC MORE 2012)’s goal is to coordinate runners from this year’s NYC marathon and other members of our community to aide in the city’s post-hurricane relief efforts.
The marathon may have been cancelled, but NYC is still participating in a Marathon of Relief Efforts. You can volunteer in the Rockaways, Staten Island and Coney Island. Registration is required so that we don’t overwhelm any one location.”

TOMORROW SUNDAY: Canarsie Community Breakfast in need of volunteers at 9:30am.
Meet at 1222 East 96th Street between Flatlands & Ave J
Contact Rudy at 646-427-5256 or text 917-231-8724

**STORM VICTIM RELIEF BENEFIT @LA SALA** Monday, November 5th. 8pm-11pm.
*THE WESTERN ENISPHERE (Jeanann Dara;viola/Sam Kulik;trombone/ Will Stanton; audio-video electronics/Danny Tunick; percussion/David First;guitar)
Admission will be by a donation of supplies and/or $$ donation – all of which will go to buying additional supplies. Any amount of either accepted, but generosity strongly encouraged!
Go to their Facebook page for a list of supplies needed.

Ali Forney Drop-In Center Destroyed by Hurricane Sandy
“We have been deluged with kind offers from people who wish to volunteer and donate goods. Unfortunately, we will have to provide our services in the time being in much smaller spaces that won’t accommodate volunteers or allow for much storage space. The best way people can reach out to help in this very challenging time is by making monetary donations. Please go to our website at”

Food and Clothing Drive for Far Rockaway residents
Sunday, November 4th, 2012. 4pm.
Hellgate Social. 1221 Astoria Blvd, Astoria, New York 11102-379
“Drop off: Starting Sunday, Hell Gate Social will open up a drop off point to bring donations, left over supplies you didn’t need, etc. Some of the essentials they are looking for are:
-Food (mostly non-perishable)
-Flashlights and Batteries
-Coats, Jackets, warm clothing
-Baby supplies including food and clothing
-Shoes, boots
-Clean-Up supplies such as plastic bags and masks”

Brooklyn Gallery at 351 Van Brunt St. In Red Hook is providing cell phone charging and has set up multiple computers to assist residents in applying for FEMA grants. They need volunteers to help spread the word and assist people with applications.

Historic Bermuda Inn 301 Veterans Road West Staten Island (Rossville section) is offering a FREE HOT LUNCH next week Monday, November 5 -Friday, November 9. There will be three seatings 12, 1pm and 2pm. MUST CALL FOR RESERVATIONS 718-948-7600.

Where to Help Sandy Victims in Staten Island
“I thought it might be helpful to compile this list for those of my Staten Island friends who want to help their neighbors, friends, colleagues, co-workers, and loves ones.”_Dawn Papandrea

Rockaway Beach Surf Club
The Mission of The Rockaway Beach Surf Club is to establish a place where the community of Rockaway Beach, a historic an…
d up-and-coming New York City neighborhood and surf destination, can come together to exchange ideas, create art, make things, have fun, and improve the quality of life of the neighborhood and its residents.
The Rockaway Beach Surf Club, had been turned into a relief center for the community. The Rockaways was one of the hardest hit areas from Hurricane Sandy.
Chris Tackett wrote the article: How Rockaway Beach Surf Club Became a Hurricane Sandy Relief Center.

This is another list of organizations, groups and religious groups helping people in New York City affected by hurricane Sandy

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