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Hurricane Sandy: Dispatches on Transit and Recovery

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Comments [11]

Krystal from Tennessee

Looking for my cousin Sue Smith (Mervicker) and her 3 year old son Trevor. They are from Ridgefield Park. If anyone knows of them please email me. I have been looking for her since Monday.

Nov. 02 2012 12:01 AM
Sivi from Stuck in Brooklyn

WHY can't the MTA get it's communication act together. Can't they do any better than continually posting the same ADVISORY with the same bus maps from their regular operating system. Have they no common sense to PROVIDE a map that has the limited routes listed accordingly. I am flabbergasted that they provided the limited subway map, but that does at least 90% of us riders no good, because we have to first get to the midtown lines before we can use the subway. Isn't there a SINGLE MTA employee who has given this some thought. For instance of all your express buses from Brooklyn and Staten Island, what routes are they taking into Manhattan. Obviously the maps are not accurate for this situation. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE mr. Cuomo get the MTA to act like they really want to inform their passengers. Otherwise, you're going to bare the brunt of this nonsense. People will forget that Sandy is responsible and turn the blame to the governor.

Nov. 01 2012 05:15 PM
Steve from New York, NY

This is what we get for over 30 years of demonizing government and shared communal responsibility, privatization of functions better done by the public sector, deregulation, and lack of investment in public infrastructure. For example, the electric companies and phone have no incentive to invest in disaster preparation, prevention, peak load coverage, clean-up or repair. Privatized, they have no reason to spend money there; deregulated they have nobody to make them do it. Their inherent only interest is quarterly gains in stock valuation. That works for some widgets but not for all things. Government is not a business, and some things are better done by government. Similarly for most other infrastructure and things which are inherently broad based shared commununal including some services. Not just electric power, cellular grid, internet, roads, bridges, rail, but also health insurance (nationwide public single payer). Similarly, in a reality based world, climate change denialists would not have held veto power over our system for the past 20 years.

The libertarian and corporate/1% right wing have been repeatedly proven wrong for over 30 years now. Unfortunately too many of the Democrats, including President Obama have gone along with this. No to any post election grand compromises that reduce social security/medicare/medicaid.

We need more government spending, more infrastructure investment, reveral of privatizaiton and deregulation, more progressive taxation and less loopholes to pay for it. Of course, as I am sure Krugman will point out shortly, post-disaster repair is a Keynsian stimulus.

As Philip K Dick said, "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, still exists." Welcome to the real world where mother nature does not care if you believe in her or not; she still huffs and puff and blows your Ayn Rand libertarianism and free market fundementalsm fantasy down.

Nov. 01 2012 03:41 PM
Jennie Livingston from Brooklyn, NY

One of the last callers said he didn't want to "get all political." I've lived in New York since 1985. I'm a homeowner in Brooklyn. I'm committed to this city and to its safety and livability. Let's get all political, and not just about updating the infrastructure. Maybe everyone isn't going to agree Irene and Sandy are about global warming, but people who've been in the citycan see the climate is changing. That this kind of storm is new and represents a disturbing departure from weather patterns of the past. We need -- locally and nationally -- a referendum on what's happening to our globe and what we can do about it.

Oct. 30 2012 08:45 PM
Fuji from Chicago

Dear Mr. President, United States Congress and Federal Elections Commission
As a candidate for the for Congress, it is my concern and the burden of our voters that due to environmental contingencies relating to Hurricane Sandy, many people will be unable to vote! Election Day should be extended to December 6th, 2012. Elected officials make extremely important decisions about how our societies will run. Having the right to vote is one of the key components in what makes up a Democracy. This extension will allow all voters to be allowed to vote in one of the most important elections in our Republics history! America is the example for the rest of the world to follow.
We have lost too many soldiers from the Afghani and Iraqi wars to do any less.
Let freedom prevail and echoes of liberty ring everywhere!
Sincerely,
Hilaire FUJI Shioura
Independent Write-In Candidate
9th Congressional District of Illinois

Oct. 30 2012 04:24 PM
MHRinJC

I don't have twitter, so I'll leave my update as a comment. The area by the Jersey City Waterfront did not fare well. My street in the Jersey City Powerhouse Arts District is one of the ones that flooded significantly. Water in the garage up to ceiling. Water in lobby part of the way. Not sure the extent of the damage yet as they are currently unable to safely assess the damage, but clean-up will be long. PSE&G says not to expect electricity any time soon. Not sure when water will be back on either. Just one of many similar stories, I'm sure.

On a positive note - I'm happy to say there were no injuries reported by our residents. Everyone, please put safety first as the clean-up begins!

Oct. 30 2012 09:27 AM
Brendon from Manhattan

I appreciate WNYC's coverage, and this Storify element is interesting. Could you please suggest to Janet Babin that she check the links she's tweeting? Would love to read the stories to which she's linking, but she's linking us to her personal e-mail, which we can't access, of course.

Oct. 29 2012 03:24 PM
Joe from Manhattan

Can you find out if there is any danger from the storm to any of the nuclear power plants in our area?

Oct. 29 2012 10:16 AM
Frank

The 1938 Hurricane destroyed the Village of Saltaire on Fire Island. Contemporary pictures of the destruction and and essay by a recent Village Historian are online at http://saltairian.com/pages/history/1938/pictures1.html. The pictures are large -- and amazing.

Oct. 29 2012 09:38 AM
April from Manhattan

PRESIDENT OBAMA IS SPEAKING NOW ON CHANNEL ONE NOW.

IN 1938 SOME BARRIER ISLANDS OFF NYC SIMPLY DISAPPEARED. IF YOU'RE ON ONE, GET OFF!!! I GREW UP IN NC AND HAVE SEEN PARTS OF THE OUTER BANKS GONE, AND A CONCRETE HOUSE ON EMERALD ISLE TWISTED LIKE CARDBOARD.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, DO NOT CLOSE AND DUCT TAPE YOUR WINDOWS CLOSED. LEAVE THEM SLIGHTLY CRACKED OPEN. PUT A TOWEL UNDER THE WINDOW TO CATCH ANY RAIN THAT MIGHT COME IN. IT'S A PRESSURE DIFFERENTIAL INSIDE AND OUT THAT CAUSES THE WINDOW TO BREAK. A FRIEND WHO PREPARED MANY HOUSES FOR HURRICANES IN ST CROIX, AGREES THAT'S STANDARD PROCEDURE. DO YOU TRUST THE MAYOR OR A PERSON WHO'S GONE THROUGH AND PERSONALLY DEALT WITH HOUSES IN HURRICANES FREQUENTLY?

Oct. 29 2012 09:35 AM
MHRinJC from NC - usually Jersey City

On Friday I flew from NJ to NC to visit family for the weekend, so I've prepared for Sandy by canceling work and rescheduling my flight back home which was originally this morning. Confirmed our neighbors can continue to care for our two kitties and also had them more our car off ground level... now on to obsessively listening to the news/weather reports.

Hope everyone is doing their best to stay safe up there!

Oct. 29 2012 09:00 AM

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