Sandy Aftermath: Wednesday Morning Report

After Sandy – a tree down on Rivington.

It’s Halloween Day in Lower Manhattan, but the annual costume parade in the Village is just one of the many casualties of Hurricane Sandy’s visit to the city this week. Many other events are canceled, including parties at the New Museum and the Museum of the Chinese in America. Here’s what else we know this morning.

Power: Con Ed is still estimating three more days until restoration (sometime this weekend).

Transportation: MTA buses began running on the LES yesterday afternoon about 4:30 p.m. They remain fare-free today. Subways remain shuttered “until further notice.” Newark airport opened this morning. JFK is scheduled to open at noon today. LaGuardia, with flooded runways, remains closed. Taxis and livery cars are operating and picking up multiple passengers for ride sharing.

Groceries/supplies/restaurants: Fine Fare on Clinton was selling groceries on its doorstep as of late yesterday afternoon. A bodega on Division Street was open yesterday evening, using power from a van parked outside its door. Several local bars and restaurants were open last night; we’ll have a story with details later.

Aid: A new effort backed by Occupy NYC organizers is rallying volunteers and donations to help the LES recover. More info here.