Warming Center Opens at 50 Madison Street; Supplies Needed

There are still a lot of Lower East Side residents without heat and hot water.  Con Ed restored steam service to the Seward Park Co-op yesterday, but we’re receiving lots of reports from other buildings still waiting for those radiators to start cranking. As we reported today, apartments at Knickerbocker Village are without electricity, as well as heat.  As a nor’easter makes its present felt, residents are not very comforted with Con Ed’s promise to restore all steam service to Lower Manhattan. But per LES Recovers, another warming center is now open and they need supplies:

Hamilton-Madison House, Inc. and Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, Inc. will host a Gathering and Warming Center located at 50 Madison Street, NYC, NY 10038 in the gym from Wednesday, November 7th till Sunday, November 11th from the hours of 8am till 5pm. Many residents of the Lower East Side are still without power, water and or heat! This warming Center is in need of supplies which are listed below: Water – Both single bottles and the 5 gallon water cooler bottles… Water Cooler with Hot and Cold Knobs… Flashlights… Batteries… Instant coffee, tea and hot cocoa, Instant Creamer/Powered Milk Sugar and sweet and low Instant Soup/Cup a noodle soup… Non-Perishable Foods… Any type of pet food (cats, dogs, bird) Any type of Cat Litter… Toilet Paper, Paper towels, Napkins Hand and Body Wipes, Hand and Body Sanitizer… Any basic toiletries and Hygiene Products… Coats, gloves, hats, etc. If you would like to donate supplies, please drop them off at 50 Madison Street. If you have any questions, you can contact me at 212-349-3724 Ext. 9304. Vicki Mehmel, vickimehmel@hmhonline.org.


Jewish Heritage Festival Planned Sunday; Special Walking Tour to Support Jewish Conservancy

Rebecca Lepkoff.

We’re still recovering from a hurricane and in the middle of riding out a nor’easter, but by the weekend (hopefully) many of us will be looking for a few diversions.  One option is the 3rd annual Jewish Heritage Festival.  The event, a project of the LES Jewish Conservancy, will be held Sunday and features the incomparable Lower East Side photographer Rebecca Lepkoff.  At 1:30 p.m. there will be an opening for her new exhibition, “On the Cusp of Change: The LES, 1935-1975,” at the conservancy’s Visitor Center, 400 Grand Street. Lepkoff, 96, will be present on Sunday to answer questions, and will be introduced by historian Suzanne Wasserman.

Kids Can Have Halloween, Take II, This Saturday

Seeing as Hurricane Sandy squelched the Halloween holiday for most residents downtown this year, the folks at Nightmare Haunted House, who put together the super scary show “Killers,” at Clemente Soto Velez, are teaming up with local merchants to offer families a second chance to do their trick-or-treating.  Adults will have another opportunity to get their fright on at the haunted house (with additional performances this coming Friday and Saturday) as well.

They write: Because the LES lacked a proper Halloween, Killers: A Nightmare Haunted House and local merchants have banded together to give the neighborhood another crack at it. All businesses with a “WE ARE A HALLOWEN TOO PARTICIPANT” sign in their windows will be passing out candy between 4-7PM on Saturday, November 10th.  In addition to these signs, Nightmare Haunted House will list the merchants on their promotions page with addresses so that families can effectively trick ‘r treat.  Nearly 40 merchants are participating, and that list is growing.  Economy Candy on Rivington St. has already donated 100 lbs of candy. A full list (of participating merchants) is available online (here).

Much of Knickerbocker Village Still Without Power, Heat, Hot Water

A lot of apartment buildings on the Lower East Side are still not back to normal following Hurricane Sandy.  At Knickerbocker Village, many residents are still in the dark, with no heat or hot water.  Electric power was initially restored to the large residential complex at Monroe and Catherine streets last Friday, but an electrical fire knocked out service to the buildings a short time later.  We’re told crews have been working around to the clock to make repairs. Some apartments have apparently been brought on line, but many people are still without power.

Last night, U.S, Rep. Nydia Velazquez arranged to have one-thousand hot meals delivered to residents.  City Council member Margaret Chin has also been working with Knickerbocker Village management and local non-profits to make sure elderly tenants are receiving the attention they need.  Two organizations – Hamilton Madison House and Two Bridges neighborhood Council – have been involved in these efforts. We’ll have more details about the situation at the nearly 1600-unit complex later today.


Morning Reads: Nor’easter Latest, Pedestrian Killed By National Guard Truck, Why Downtown Dining Matters

  • A nor’easter is set to pay a really unwelcome visit to New York City (Daily News).
  • A man was struck and killed yesterday by a National Guard truck at the intersection of Canal and Centre streets (Daily News).
  • 13th Street bar “Heathers,” the subject of many Community Board 3 battles, is sold (EV Grieve).
  • Pete Wells: “Why downtown needs diners now.” (NYT)


Good Morning!

Not exactly what New York needs in the aftermath of Sandy. Our weather will be changing pretty dramatically over the next few hours as a nor’easter comes this way. Rain expected to start by 10 a.m. We could see about a half-inch of rain and winds up to 30 m.p.h with a high of 39.   Continued stormy tomorrow with a mixture of rain and snow.