We've set up a Hurricane Sandy Aftermath Updates page with lots of info on transit options, food, work, recovery efforts, volunteering etc. We'll be updating this page regularly. Pls share. And let us know if there's any info & links we should be adding to the page. Thanks!
Hopefully you've all weathered the storm well and you and your loved ones are safe and sound either at your own place (or in case of power outages were able to find refuge at a friend or relative's place).
Some good news! ......
The MTA announced that limited service begins Thursday. Trains running with partial service will be 1, 2, 4/5, 6, Shuttle, A, D, F, J, L, M, N and R. Trains not running are 3, 7, B, C, E, G and Q. No subways south of 34th Street. A 'bus bridge' will connect Manhattan and Brooklyn. MTA expects to add service each day. Three of the seven East River subway tunnels have been pumped and are free of water.
WNYC has set up a transit tracker page where you find the latest information on the status of the area's transportation systems. In case you're planning to take the bus, here are the MTA's official maps in PDF format: http://www.mta.info/bus-maps.
Food & Work ......
Among other things, here are some of the restaurants, bars & shops that are open. Eater NY has also setup a dining guide. Also if you're looking for a place to cowork out of, AlleyNYC in midtown is open for business.
And here are a few ways you can get involved in the recovery process ......
The Red Cross expects this to be a large and costly relief response across several states, one that continues for several days, and they need your help now as they work on opening up and maintaining many shelters for those who were forced to evacuate their homes. So donate to or volunteer for the Red Cross.
There are a few recovery organizing sites that allow people to offer/request assistance, and are coordinated by the folks at Occupy NYC and community organizations on the ground including Lower East Side Recovers and Astoria Recovers, Red Hook Recovers and Staten Island Recovers.
You can sign up to volunteer at the NYC Public Advocate's Office.
Craig Newmark of Craigslist and CraigConnects is matching the next $25K in donations to help Hurricane Sandy relief efforts and United Airlines Foundation will contribute upto $50,000 to match donations to the American Red Cross, Feeding America or AmeriCares.
You can also donate blood via the NY Blood Center.
And the NY Tech Meetup and New Work City are organizing volunteers with technology skills to help with relief efforts and help New York-area businesses and organizations get their technology back up and running after Hurricane Sandy. Here is the signup form.
Us New Yorkers are a resilient lot and together we'll get through this!
Take care and stay safe everyone,