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Hurricane Sandy

WNYC News

Schools Closed To Students Until Monday; Staff Returns Friday

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

New York City students likely will return to school on Monday, making it at least a full week off of school because of damage and clean-up efforts from superstorm Sandy.

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WQXR Blog

Broadway Lights go up in Post-Sandy NYC

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The lights went up again on Broadway Wednesday for the first time since superstorm Sandy hit New York, as entertainers headed back to work in a city still wracked by power-outages and a suspended subway system.

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WNYC News

Long Island Struggles in Sandy's Aftermath

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

More than 930,000 customers on Long Island are without power following the massive storm, as officials assess the damage caused by flooding, downed trees and power lines.

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New Jersey News

Gov. Christie Gets Close Up View of Sandy’s Destruction

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

On Bordentown Road in the Old Bridge section of Sayreville, N.J.,  traumatized residents begged Governor Chris Christie to come and view what Sandy had wrought. What he saw was one home after another where the force of Sandy had moved homes off their foundations

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The Takeaway

Hurricane Sandy's Election Impact

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The 2012 election is just six days away, and voters in swing states like Virginia and Ohio are still reeling from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. How might Hurricane Sandy impact affect early voting, and voter turnout on election day? Anna Sale, reporter for It's A Free Country, and Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, explain.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sandy Update + Still at Home with the Kids

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

First WNYC's Richard Hake gives an update on the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and we hear from some listeners about what's happening where they are.

Then, Leslie Bushara, Deputy Director for Education and Guest Services at the Children's Museum of Manhattan checks in with us about making it through day three at home with your children. She’ll let us know how to look on the bright side, how to get your kids involved with helping others, and how to make the most of this time. We’re taking your calls at 646-829-3980!

Parents: how have you been faring stuck inside with your kids? Do you have advice for other parents? Let us know!

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The American Red Cross

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Red Cross is continuing its relief operation throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast to shelter and assist people affected by Superstorm Sandy. Steve Bayer, American Red Cross spokesman, talks about what the Red Cross is doing to help after this disaster—and what it does to help after all kinds of disasters and emergencies.

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Transportation Nation

Here's the New Subway Map, and Other Hurricane Sandy Recovery Details

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

(IMPORTANT NOTE: The text is in this post doesn't reflect the latest service additions, which are occurring rapidly.  For full updates, please keep an eye on our transportation tracker.  The subway map above is self-updating, but there's a lag between service updates and the map. We're updating the tracker regularly.)

As of 11/2: The New York City subway opened Thursday for the first time since the nation's largest transit system preemptively shut down Sunday evening in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. When power is restored, Governor Cuomo says service can be restored in two hours. Partial commuter rail service on Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North, and NJ Transit has restarted, joining city buses that have been running since Tuesday night.  Through Friday, all New York service will be free. A pdf map of the latest service can be found here.

Subway Service is operating on the 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, the Times Square Shuttle, A, D, F, G, J, L (but not in Manhattan), M, N, and R trains. There will be no service on the 3, B, C, E, G and Q lines. Subways will run every ten minutes. There is still no subway service in Manhattan below 34th Street.

There will be 330 buses forming the "bus bridge" from Brooklyn crossing on the Brooklyn Williamsburg Bridge and heading up 3rd Avenue. Stops will be at 54th St, 42nd st, 33rd st, 23rd St, 14th St, 9th st, Delancey and Bowery, Spring and Bowery.  The buses will travel on special bus priority lanes, with 24 hour enforcement by NYPD, the NYC DOT says.

The Atlantic Avenue and Jay Street routes will operate via a new, two-way bus lane across the Manhattan Bridge and into Manhattan via bus-priority lanes on Bowery and Third Avenue all the way up to East 55th Street.  Outbound buses will travel down Lexington, East 23, and Third Avenue.

The shuttle bus from Hewes Street will operate over the Williamsburg Bridge and Delancey Street, then via Bowery and Third Avenue before returning downtown via Lexington Avenue, East 23rd Street, Third Avenue, and Bowery.
Per Governor Cuomo:

1 trains are operating local between 242nd Street (Bronx) and Times Square-42nd Street.

2 trains are operating between 241st Street (Bronx) and Times Square-42nd Street, with express service between 96th Street and Times Square.

3 trains are suspended.

4 trains will operate in two sections making all local stops: · Between Woodlawn (Bronx) and Grand Central-42nd Street
· Between Borough Hall and New Lots Avenue5 trains will operate express in Brooklyn between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and Flatbush Avenue.

5 trains are operating between E. 180th St and Dyre Ave in the North Bronx; also in Brooklyn

6 trains are operating local between Pelham Bay Park and Grand Central-42nd Street.

7 trains are now running between Main Street and 74th Street - Broadway

42nd Street Shuttle S trains will operate between Times Square and Grand Central.

A trains will operate in two sections making all local stops:· Between 168th Street (Manhattan) and 34th Street-Penn Station
· Between Jay Street/MetroTech and Lefferts Blvd.
B and C service is suspended.

D trains operate in two sections:· Between 205th Street (Bronx) and 34th Street-Herald Square making all local stops
· In Brooklyn, between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and Bay Parkway making express stops between Pacific Street and 36th Street

E trains are suspended.

F trains operate in two sections making all local stops:· Between 179th Street (Queens) and 34th Street-Herald Square
· In Brooklyn, between Jay Street-MetroTech and Avenue X

G trains are suspended.

J trains operate between Jamaica Center and Hewes Street making all local stops.

L trains operate between Broadway Junction and rockaway Parkway making all local stops.

M trains are running in two sections operate between Myrtle Avenue-Broadway and Metropolitan Avenue.

N trains operate between Ditmars Blvd. (Queens) and 34th Street-Herald Square making all local stops.

Q trains are suspended.

R trains operate in Brooklyn between Jay Street-MetroTech and 95th Street making all local stops.

Both the Franklin Avenue and Rockaway Park S shuttles are suspended.

SHUTTLE BUSES:
All shuttle buses will operate north on 3rd Avenue and south on Lexington Avenue.
1. Between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Manhattan Bridge
2. Between Jay Street-MetroTech and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Manhattan Bridge
3. Between Hewes Street and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Williamsburg Bridge

(We always put the latest updates in our Transit Tracker, so check there before you plan your commute.)

According to the MTA, buses will bridge the gaps in subway service, going over the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges. Commuters should add at least an hour to their commute times.

Three of the seven East River subway tunnels that were flooded have been cleared. The MTA is reporting that the tunnels carrying the 4, 5 and F trains are now dry. There will be no subways south of 34th Street in Manhattan where most neighborhoods are still without the power needed to run the subways.

MTA Chairman Joe Lhota said service would increase. "There will be more on Friday and even more on Saturday," he said Wednesday afternoon. He acknowledged that buses this morning were "packed" and "tight" as the the MTA tried to accommodate some of the 5.5 million daily subway riders without their normal way to work. Lhota said he would have bus ridership numbers later in the day, even though buses were not charging fares.

He said he is talking with city officials about instituting dedicated bus lanes.

Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad has begun to provide service. Metro-North is operating close to regularly scheduled service on: the Hudson Line, the Harlem Line, the New Haven Line. The LIRR info is below.

LIRR service will operate as follows:

The LIRR is providing hourly service on its four busiest branches: the Port Washington Branch, the Port Jefferson Branch from Huntington to Penn Station, the Ronkonkoma Branch and the Babylon Branch.

Brooklyn - (Jamaica-Brooklyn): Hourly service

City Terminal – (Jamaica - Penn Station): Suspended (anticipate shuttle between these stations later tonight)

Babylon Branch: hourly service between Babylon and Penn Station. Westbound trains depart Babylon at 35 minutes after the hour; the first train is at 12:35AM. Eastbound trains depart Penn 4 minutes after the hour; the first train is at 12:04AM. Schedule info here.

Huntington Branch: hourly service between Huntington and Penn Station. Westbound trains depart Huntington at 35 minutes after the hour; the first train is at 12:35AM. Eastbound trains depart Penn on the hour; the first train is at 12:00AM. Schedule info here.

Ronkonkoma Branch: Westbound trains departing Ronkonkoma 37 minutes after the hour. Eastbound trains depart Penn Station 9 minutes after the hour.

Port Washington Branch: Shuttle train service between Port Washington and Penn Station is continuing with westbound trains departing Port Washington every 35 minutes past the hour and eastbound trains departing Penn Station every 14 minutes past the hour.

SUSPENDED for now: service on the Montauk Branch, Hempstead Branch, Long Beach, Far Rockaway, Oyster Bay Branch, West Hempstead.

Keep checking our Transit Tracker for the latest information on service restoration.

Click for PDF of what subway service will look like Thursday

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WNYC News

Essay | Hurricane Sandy As Seen From Abroad

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

By the time I woke up Tuesday morning there was a noise somewhere in the distance. It was a chainsaw. Some guy — I'm guessing he was paid by the city — was calmly walking around, sawing down every loose or suspicious-looking tree branch.

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The Takeaway

Hurricane Sandy's Classical Soundtrack

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

For the past two days, a battery-powered radio has been the only connection to the outside world for many New Yorkers. And for many of them, music, particularly classical music, offered a brief respite from the confusion outside. Jeffrey Spurgeon is the morning host of WQXR.

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The Takeaway

Senator Bob Menendez Surveys Damage in New Jersey

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

As of yesterday morning, 2.6 million households in New Jersey were still without power. New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez is surveying the damage with Governor Chris Christie and President Obama.

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WNYC News

A Trip Down Broadway Reveals a City in Recovery

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

New York City is slowly coming back to life following Superstorm Sandy. Reporter Ben Bradford saw signs of that as early as Tuesday when he walked from one end of the city to the other along Broadway.

And he got a good sense of what many New Yorkers are likely to see as the city struggles to to figure out “the new normal.”

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Transportation Nation

NY MTA: Schedule for Service Restorations By Midday, Real Time Bus Info Available

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Grand Central Station Wednesday Morning: Photo: Adam Lisberg/MTA

The MTA says it will provide a schedule for service restorations by midday today.

(Check our Transit Tracker regularly for any updates)

In a statement, MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph J. Lhota said he'd be able to discuss a timetable for service restorations by "midday" Wednesday.

Real time locations for all buses in Staten Island and the Bronx, and others in Brooklyn and Manhattan are available now, here .

Current bus information is here.

“The extent of Hurricane Sandy's devastation became clear today, and its impact on the MTA system is severe. The New York City subway’s South Ferry station was flooded up to the ceiling. The Long Island Rail Road confronted 11 electrical substations in a row with no power. Metro-North Railroad crews found a boat across their tracks in Ossining. Each tube of the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel is filled with 43 million gallons of water.

“These are just a few of the many unprecedented challenges the MTA is facing as it tries to restore service. Our employees have been assessing the damage all day and will continue to work through the night. In many places, they have been able to begin the process of recovery by pumping water and clearing tracks. New York City buses went back on the road for limited service, and will be almost at normal strength by morning.

“Still, our dedicated employees are beginning to make progress. By midday, we will be able to discuss a timetable for service restorations.”

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WNYC News

Virtual Halloween Parade

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hurricane Sandy forced the postponement of Wednesday's Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, and we want your help to create a Virtual Village Parade. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Voting After the Superstorm

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Richard Hasen, professor of Law and Political Science at University of California, Irvine school of Law and author now of The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown, talks about voting in the aftermath of the storm and how damage could change election turnout. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Superstorm Sandy: the Aftermath

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

We take your calls and hear from reporters and elected officials on the latest on storm recovery: 

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The Takeaway

Hurricane Recovery Underway in New York and New Jersey

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

New York and New Jersey are still reeling from Hurricane Sandy. J. David Goodman, reporter for our partner, The New York Times, and freelance reporter Scott Gurian explain the latest on the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. 

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The Takeaway

Hard-Hit Rockaways Try to Recover from Hurricane Sandy

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Far Rockaway, Queens, one of New York's most treasured beach communities, was also one of the most devastated areas of New York City in Hurricane Sandy. Phillip Goldfeder is the New York State Assemblyman from the Far Rockaways and a resident of the community. Jillienne Jordan lived through a terrifying hurricane rescue from her home in the Far Rockaway neighborhood of Belle Harbor.

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The Takeaway

West Virginia Braces for Post-Sandy Blizzards

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

As millions on the East Coast — from Maine to the Carolinas — face flooding, wind damage, dangerous debris, and power outages, West Virginia and neighboring Appalachian states are also facing dire straights as blizzard conditions spin off of Hurricane Sandy. West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is watching the situation closely and preparing for the worst.

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Transportation Nation

Amtrak: No Service to NYC, Hudson Tunnels Still Flooded

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

(New York, NY) Amtrak says there will be no service to New York City Wednesday, and they have no idea when regional trains will be able to run along the busiest rail corridor in the nation following flooding from Hurricane Sandy. Amtrak tunnels under the Hudson and East Rivers are flooded just like NYC subway tunnels.

"The amount of water intrusion into the tunnels is unprecedented – as was the storm itself – so a date for restoration of Amtrak service directly to/from New York Penn Station from either the north or south is not available at this time," Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole told Transportation Nation in an email.

"There will be no Northeast Regional service between Newark and Boston [on Wednesday] and no Acela Express service for the length of the Northeast Corridor," Cole wrote.

Amtrak carries more travelers between Washington, D.C. and Boston than all airlines combined, about 750,000 each weekday.

Check our Transit Tracker for the full route updates on buses, subways, bridges and more. That's where the latest information will be posted.

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