Last night we reported that Knickerbocker Village, the affordable housing complex near the Manhattan Bridge, had been awarded $1.46 million in federal hurricane recovery funds. More details were released a short time ago at a news conference on the Lower east Side.
Tomorrow -a day after the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy – city officials will finally announce that Knickerbocker Village has been awarded federal disaster aid.
Here’s a look at some events and updated information regarding today’s one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.
This coming Tuesday is the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Among the events to mark the occasion is a forum featuring experts and community leaders at University Settlement.
The following story first appeared in the October 2013 edition of The Lo-Down’s print magazine.
This month, New Yorkers will be looking back and remembering the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, which came ashore October 29 one year ago. On the Lower East Side, there’s an organization called the Long Term Recovery Group that’s doing more than reflecting; they’re developing plans to make sure this neighborhood is better able to withstand for the next major storm.
Knickerbocker Village, the historic affordable housing complex, was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, and some residents there are still struggling to bounce back from the devastating storm. This afternoon, local elected officials released a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urging a reversal of its decision to deny aid to some Knickerbocker Village tenants.
Following the storm, electrical power, heat and other services were out for more than two weeks. Today’s letter from State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, City Council member Margaret Chin and State Senator Dan Squadron stated:
In multiple meetings, as well as at a public forum we hosted for residents, representatives from FEMA told Knickerbocker residents they were eligible for reimbursement for their hotel expenses. Since that time, FEMA has rejected claims from several residents. We believe that these residents are in fact eligible under the guidelines that FEMA laid out and we ask that you re-evaluate all rejected claims from Knickerbocker Village. Some residents are also seeking reimbursement for property damage and medical expenses and we urge you to review those claims as well.
Delicate Raymond, 73A Orchard Street.
Back in November, the Lower East Side BID held a benefit for businesses hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. This week the BID announced the recipients of recovery grants made possible through the program. $10,000 was raised during the fundraiser, held at the DL restaurant on Ludlow Street. The recipients are: Saxelby Cheesemongers, Goodfellas, Congee Village, Georgia’s Eastside BBQ, Melt Bakery, Boubouki, Heritage Meats, Delicate Raymond Jewelry Bar and The Living Room. A news release from the BID stated that the “selection process was based on objective a set of evaluation criteria.” Bob Zuckerman, the organization’s executive director, said “Sandy caused many businesses to suffer in myriad ways… We know that every little bit counts which is what encouraged our creation of the Sandy relief grant fund.”
As we noted earlier this morning, the hunt is still on for more Republican support for a $51 billion Hurricane Sandy relief package in the U.S. House. GOP representatives are taking lots of heat for refusing to sign on to the emergency aid bill. Now proponents of the legislation have a new ally: The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart. Have a look.
Photo by Virginia Jones.
Here’s some information about a couple of clinics for Hurricane Sandy victims. First, FEMA has a disaster assistance center set up at the Hamilton Fish Recreation Center, 415 East Houston Street, today through November 30. Today the center is open until 5 p.m; tomorrow’s hours are noon-6:30 p.m. Call 212-673-2290 if you have questions or click here for details about government loan programs.
Also, MFY Legal Services is offering a free legal clinic for anyone in need of Sandy-related advice. You can get help applying for FEMA benefits, dealing with food stamp issues, filing for unemployment or coping with rent problems. The center is open tomorrow at the United Fujianese American Association building, 17 East Broadway, from 1-5 p.m.
Thanks to Community Board 3 for passing this info along.
Here’s a reminder. Tomorrow night is the Lower East Side BID’s benefit to help businesses struggling to bounce back from Hurricane Sandy. The event, “Give More… Give Less,” will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the DL, 95 Delancey Street. The special guest is Jill Zarin. There will be a live DJ and a silent auction. Tickets (available at seven different price levels) are being sold through Lucky Ant. All proceeds will go into a Sandy relief fund for businesses on the LES. Prizes include: a one-month pass to Bikram Yoga, dinner for two at Mission Chinese, a one-year membership at the New Museum and a weekend at the Hotel on Rivington. Click here for more info.
A Con Ed crew works last night on Grand Street. Photo by Roey Ahram.
This morning thousands of downtown residents are still without heat and hot water as the temperatures hover in the 30′s and a nor’easter threatens to hit the region by mid-week. It’s 39 and cloudy now; we’re expecting sunny skies by afternoon and a high of 48. Coming up: a complete update on hurricane recovery efforts, including the latest on Con Ed’s timetable for restoring steam on the Lower East Side.
Hurricane Sandy wind modeling from the National Weather Service this afternoon.
In advance of incoming Hurricane Sandy, dubbed “Frankenstorm” for its gigantic proportions and ever-changing variables, the LES Business Improvement District has postponed Sunday’s planned LES Pickle Day, while citywide, officials are beginning to consider measures such as shutting down the subway system in defense.