Grand Street, 5:40 pm


Lights On for the Lower East Side

The power is on along Delancey Street.

The power is back for much of the Lower East Side, as of a few minutes ago. We’re getting reports of streetlights along Delancey and many apartments with electricity humming. Con Edison says the area bounded by Canal Street on the south, Broadway on the west, the East River on the east and 14th Street on the north is all on the grid.

Friday Night in the Storm Zone: What’s Open?

The sun goes down, but the lights do not come up over Lower Manhattan.

The weekend has arrived and another night of lighting candles and lugging a flashlight around lies before us. Where can you grab a drink or a bite in the dark? Our list is below. And remember: when the power comes back on (supposedly by tomorrow night), all of our reopening local restaurants, bars, bodegas, stores and businesses are going to need our support, so eat, drink and shop local! In the meantime, there are plenty of options here in our new neighborhood, SoPo (South of Power).

Here’s what’s open:

  • Pig & Khao
  • Fatta Cuckoo
  • forgtmenot
  • Fontana’s Bar
  • Sons of Essex
  • Verlaine
  • CultureFix
  • Lolita Bar

Corlear’s Hook Park Dog Run is Crushed

The Lower East Side’s only leash-free dog run at Corlear’s Hook Park is buried under large downed trees. Photo courtesy of Elena Robledo/Dream Come True K9

One of the best things about the Corlear’s Hook Park dog run at Jackson and Cherry streets was its huge, beautiful old trees. Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, they have also been its undoing. The small dog run, the only one serving the 10002 ZIP code, is yet another victim of the high winds.

National Guard on Grand Street

Today the National Guard arrived to help deliver food, including kosher meals, to stranded residents of the Seward Park Co-op.

Sandy Aftermath: Help Arrives at Masaryk Towers

Masaryk’s board vice president Adeline Camacho and helper Marcus Liszkiewicz unload supplies for distribution.

On the 19th floor of Masaryk Towers, a six-buildng affordable-housing co-op on Columbia Street near the East River, one resident has been waiting out the storm’s aftermath alone in the dark and without insulin for her diabetes.

“I’ve never felt so helpless in my life,” said the woman, who gave her name only as Joan and said she has lived in the 1,110-unit complex since 1989. Her neighbors brought her some food, and she had water from the building’s supply for most of the week, but it cut off recently. She was unable to leave her apartment to get more medicine.

This morning, help for Joan and other home-bound residents of Masaryk Towers arrived in the form of a diverse band of volunteers and 120 military-style “meals-ready-to-eat.”

On Pitt Street, a Media Circus

The food distribution site on Stanton Street is quite a scene at the moment. Lots of people receiving water, dry food, canned goods. All the TV stations are here, too, jockeying for position. A phone charging station will be set up here at around 3:30 pm.

Sandy Aftermath: Friday Morning Update

The National Guard delivered FEMA supplies to Grand Street near the co-ops yesterday afternoon. The effort resumes 1-5 p.m. today at five Lower East Side, East Village and Chinatown sites.

As Day 4 post-Sandy begins, relief efforts are picking up steam. If you are in a position to help around the neighborhood, see today’s how-to, posted below. In the meantime, we’re hoping the light at the end of the tunnel is even closer than it appears. Here’s what we know this morning.

Friday Morning Call for Volunteers, Donations

Volunteers at Henry Street Settlement are organizing supplies this morning.

We’ve received many inquiries from folks wanting to volunteer their time and donate money and supplies. Here are a few requests for help that we have gathered; send details of other efforts to and we will keep the list going.

  • The Educational Alliance has been visiting seniors door to door, delivering water, food and information and will be at it again today, including hot meals. They can use donations of the following items: bottled water, blankets, gloves, canned kosher soup,  AA, D and 9-volt batteries, flashlights, lanterns, battery-powered radios, baby wipes and Russian language newspapers.  Items should be dropped off at their office at 232 E. Broadway between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. today. More details about the effort from their newsletter. They are also accepting financial donations here.
  • The Henry Street Settlement will also be focusing on visiting home-bound seniors today and needs help unloading a large amount of supplies delivered by FEMA yesterday. Just show up at their headquarters, 265 Henry St. any time today. More details on their Facebook page.
  • The Occupy NYC-backed effort, LES Recovers, is publishing a running list of needs on its website. They are seeking volunteers to knock on doors to distribute supplies and information at the following locations and times: GOLES, 171 Ave B between 10th & 11th St. Friday & Saturday, noon-6 p.m.; CAAAV, 46 Hester St. Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Smith Apartments, 46 Madison St. Friday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Help For the East River Co-op: Gallery Owner James Fuentes Organizes Aid Effort

We’ll have a full list of volunteer opportunities in the neighborhood in a little while. But we wanted to pass along this from James Fuentes, who runs one of the Lower East Side’s most highly regarded art galleries and who lives in the Grand Street cooperatives.  Fuentes, a LES native, is trying to organize a group to help the elderly residents of the East River Co-op, many of them stuck on high floors without water or food.  The idea is to centralize donations and to begin a floor-by-floor aid effort in the buildings.  If you’re interested in working with Fuentes on this project, you can email him at:

Thursday Street Scenes

A couple of scenes from yesterday. Throughout Chinatown, people opened up fire hydrants to wash clothes and clean fruit and vegetables. And at several food distribution centers, the lines were long and the tempers were short. People waited for hours for supply trucks to reach the Lower East Side locations. we understand the distribution effort finally did occur.


Good Morning!

Manhattan Bridge. Photo by Trevor Holland.

A view of the Manhattan Bridge offers a very literal illustration of the have/have not scenario New York City has been experiencing this week. We’re back on the streets this morning, as residents cling to the hope that Con Ed will follow through on its promise to restore power by tonight.  Meanwhile, we’re getting lots of inquiries from readers asking where they can volunteer today. We’ll post information about that later this morning.  Hang in there LES!