Thursday, November 8th, 2012. New York City – Today, I wanted to take some snow pictures. Some people on Facebook suggested, Montana, Long Island, Woodlawn Cemetery and Prospect Park. I went to Coney Island.
Coney Island is a peninsula and beach on the Atlantic Ocean in southern Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States. The site was formerly an outer barrier island, but became partially connected to the mainland by land fill.
Coney Island is possibly best known as the site of amusement parks. The attractions reached their peak during the first half of the 20th century, declining in popularity after World War II and years of neglect. In recent years, the area has seen the opening of MCU Park and has become home to the minor league baseball team the Brooklyn Cyclones.
The neighborhood of the same name is a community of 60,000 people in the western part of the peninsula, with Sea Gate to its west, Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach to its east, and Gravesend to the north.
The Native American inhabitants of the region, the Lenape, called the island Narrioch—meaning “land without shadows”—because, as with other south shore Long Island beaches, its orientation means the beach remains in sunlight all day.
Following European invasion, New York State and New York City were originally a Dutch colony and settlement, named Nieuw Nederland and Nieuw Amsterdam. The Dutch name for the island—originally Conyne Eylandt, or Konijneneiland in modern Dutch spelling perhaps named after the Conyne (Conine) family who lived in the area at the time—probably precedes the similar English name, Coney Island, with both translating as “Rabbit Island”.
According to the census, people living in Coney Island are White, Black, Hispanic or Latino, Asian, Native American and Pacific Islander.
On Tuesday, November 6th, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that residents in the low-lying portions of Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn were advised to leave ahead of the Nor’Easter, which could hit the city with 60 mph gusts and several inches of rain Wednesday afternoon, but that the evacuation was not mandatory like the one issued for all of Zone A ahead of Sandy.
On November 7, www.dnainfo.com reported that, “FEMA disaster recovery centers in Hurricane Sandy-ravaged sections of the city that were supposed to provide assistance to hurricane victims went MIA Wednesday morning, posting signs saying that they were closed due to the approaching Nor’easter.”
Vinstagram.com (The blog of Vincent M. Ferrari, a guy who ran as fast as he could to leave New York City with his lovely wife and three happy cats) reported on November 3, 2012, “Just so you are all aware, on Saturday, at a press conference explaining preparedness for Sandy, Bloomberg told reporters he refused help from FEMA who, under the direction of President Obama, had offered to come into NYC and set up two days early so they’d be ready for any needed relief.
This is how he explained it to reporters:
President Obama asked Craig Fugate from FEMA to call me earlier in the day and offer any help. I assured him that we had, we think, everything under control but we appreciate the effort. What FEMA really can do is to help those parts of the country that don’t have all of the extensive facilities and agencies and practice that New York City does. But I did want to thank them for their offer.
Yeah, you really have everything under control Mayor Bonaparte. The city is in the worst post-storm condition it’s been in since 1912.”
Members of Occupy Wall Street have been helping the neighborhood in the relief efforts.
On Sunday, November 4th, runners from the NYC Marathon 2012, ran from Grand Army Plaza to Coney Island to help residents in the area affected by Sandy.
On Tuesday, November 6th, nymag.com reported that, “Anna Lederman, a Russian-speaking nurse working with Occupy Sandy, walked up fourteen flights of a pitch-black stairwell in the Surfside Gardens housing complex in Coney Island on Monday and knocked on an apartment door, the only light coming from her small headlamp. An elderly woman wearing a babushka, walking slowly with a cane, told Lederman in Russian that she was all alone. She had her medications, but could not get down the stairs, and needed food. “This,” she said, “is like the second blockade of Leningrad.”
Many New Yorkers affected by the storm have complained about the uneven response from the city, FEMA, and Red Cross. Veterans of the Occupy movement, with experience in New Orleans at the Common Ground Clinic after Katrina, and in Zuccotti Park last year, have stepped in to fill the gap. “That’s one of the reasons we mobilized here first,” said Becca Piser, a street medic trained as a first-responder. “No one’s telling us where to go or not to go.” The Occupy crew in Coney Island also included some of Lederman’s fellow nurses from Columbia University, who had been working in shelters and on the Occupy mission to Far Rockaway; a Russian and Spanish translator, who had answered the call on Facebook; Shawn Westfahl, one of the first medics at the Occupy encampment in Zuccotti Park; and Roger Benham and Jeff “Fidget” (his Occupy name), who worked together doing disaster relief in New Orleans and in Haiti after the earthquake.”
On Wednesday, November 7th, the New York Daily News said, “A living hell in NYCHA houses: Agency ignores blackout victims trapped since Hurricane Sandy
Eight days after superstorm, 21,000 NYCHA residents in 114 buildings across Brooklyn, Queens and lower Manhattan still without power.
For more than a week, hundreds of public housing tenants — mostly ailing or elderly — have been trapped inside their upper-floor apartments, waiting in vain for the return of elevators, lights, heat and water.”
On Thursday, November 8th, Danny Katch wrote the article Why Are Sandy Victims Waiting For Help? on The Independent.
It says that “Anger at New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is beginning to boil over as hundreds of thousands of people throughout the region still await delivery of basic supplies, including water, food and fuel.”
As of tonight, there are not lights on the boardwalk in Coney Island, I saw the Red Cross giving food to a few people in front of the train station. The Q/B trains are working, however when I was going to buy a metrocard, the machine said, “for the moment, we do not accept bills, credit cards, debit cards and have no single ride metrocards.” There was not a MTA station agent working. New York City is going to lose the title “Capital of the World”!
Do you want to help people affected by hurricane Sandy in NYC? Occupy Sandy Relief NYC says, “Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew and St. Jacobi Church are our primary training and distribution centers. It is important that new volunteers come to one of these two locations first if at all possible. Of course, if you can’t make it to one of these but can make it to one of the other locations you should go there, but please make every effort to come to one of the main distributions centers first.”
Occupy Sandy Relief NYC posted today on Facebook:
Several clients whose homes were seriously damaged by the storm will be displaced while their homes undergo repairs. These clients have requested fostering for their cats during this time. If you, or anyone you know, can offer tem…
porary foster assistance, please call us so that we may put you in touch with each other: 718-852-4219.
Helping Those Impacted
From our own stock, and from previous donations of pet items such as food and carriers, we have been able to donate some initial supplies to our clients and communities in need. If you would like to help out with additional donations, the following are requested items still needed:
• Dog and cat food
• Pet carriers, especially the soft-sided kind
• Crates for temporary housing
• Litter trays and cat litter
• Bowls for food and water
• Toys for dogs and cats.
If you are in need of assistance or pet supplies, please let us know. Hope Vet will do our best to help you directly, or to locate resources that can be of assistance to you.~ Hope Vet also here is another article (After Hurricane Sandy, thousands of pets homeless, need help) with lots of information to help with pets..and donations.”
Last night was the storm Nor’Easter which brought rain and snow.
Today was day 10 after hurricane Sandy and there are still garbage in Coney Island beach and the boardwalk is in the dark. The city needs to clean the beach. There are pieces of wood with nails and can cause an accident. Maybe “Occupy Sandy” volunteers can do something about it.
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