Knickerbocker Village Releases Another Statement

Here’s the latest press statement distributed by Great Link Communications regarding the ongoing efforts to restore power and heat at Knickerbocker Village:

The management of Knickerbocker Village is applying all of its resources, and doing everything within its power, to restore all utilities and other building services as quickly as humanly possible. The enormous challenges we face were described in our previous statement dated November 9.

Today we would like to share the following update on our progress:

  • Three generators were delivered over the weekend to supply temporary power.
  • Electricity has been restored to more than 50% of units (900 out of 1600 units).
  • Working with multiple teams of experts to resolve remaining electrical, heat, and hot water issues, including aggressive action to resolve persistent moisture issues that are slowing down the restoration of electricity. Our primary concern is the safety of residents at Knickerbocker Village and as such, power is being restored as cautiously and deliberately as possible.
  • Double-tracking efforts to supply heat (rebuilding boiler plant while contracting for temporary boilers).

Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center Celebrates Reopening This Weekend

Clemente Soto Velez’s shining new facade.

In case you haven’t noticed, the scaffolding covering Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center (CSV) on the corner of Suffolk and Rivington streets, has come down after 18 years!  To celebrate the beautiful new facade of this 1898 former public school building, CSV has planned three-days of reopening festivities this weekend that include the annual Borimix celebration of Puerto Rican culture, building tours, theater and dance performances and exhibitions.

Small Businesses Call For Grants, Not Loans, to Recover From Hurricane Sandy

A workshop was held for small business owners at the Houston Street Center on Friday.

On Friday, a large number of local business owners came to the Houston Street Center on the Bowery to hear FEMA and other government officials explain how they can file for relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.   All of the resources available from the federal, state and local governments have been listed here before.   The main message from all of the officials was this: disaster loans are available whether a business suffered physical damage or not.   But there was a widespread feeling among the audience that loans are of little use to many small businesses.  Sylvester Schneider of Avenue C restaurant and bar Zum Schneider said, “I don’t need a loan. Give me a generator.”

Sandy Aftermath: Report from the Rockaways

What’s left of the Rockaways boardwalk.

Yesterday, members of The Lo-Down team spent the day delivering food and supplies donated to our pet relief effort this weekend. Accompanied by folks from Instinct Dog Behavior & Training and backed by support from Ruff Club and Bayou Rescue, five volunteers took two large carloads of dog and cat food, kitty litter, treats and toys to companion animals across the Rockaways peninsula, where there is still no power and little hope of most stores reopening before the year’s end.

While Hurricane Sandy is quickly receding into the rearview mirror for many New York City residents, those whose towns were surrounded by water on all sides when the storm hit two weeks ago still have no power, heat or water at home — and thousands have no homes at all. They spend hours standing in line at relief centers for everything from baby formula and hot soup to feed their children to mops and shovels to attack the muck that coats every square inch of ground level, indoors and out.

A Belated, Yet Festive, Halloween at P.S. 142

We stopped by P.S. 142 Friday afternoon, where Halloween may have come late for more than 100 kids but it was no less festive.  Hurricane Sandy, of course, foiled “trick-or-treating” on the Lower East Side.  At P.S. 142, on Attorney Street, costumes were locked away before the storm hit.  But Karina Lynch-Graham of the Educational Alliance, which runs the after school program, had a brainstorm: why not hold a post-Halloween celebration not only for the kids int he program but also for their siblings. Have a look at some of the photos from the big event, which included all sorts of fun and games.

Morning Reads: Red Cross Defends Hurricane Response, Occupy Protesters Get $50K, Slipper Room Miracle

  • Responding to complaints regarding its lumbering response to Hurricane Sandy, the Red Cross says it was “nearly flawless.” (NBC)
  • Social media to the rescue: “Eat Down, Tip Up” gives downtown businesses a boost (Daily News).
  • Two weeks later: Hurricane Sandy in the East Village (EV Grieve).
  • The city will pay three Occupy Wall Street protesters $50,000 after their wrongful arrests on the Lower East Side (Gothamist).
  • The newly reopened Slipper Room: it’s staying power is a small real estate miracle (WSJ).


Good Morning!

Peck Slip Pickle Festival (I)

Yesterday at the Peck Slip Pickle Festival. Photo by Roey Ahram.

Partly cloudy with a high of 62 today.  Happy Veterans Day.