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WNYC News

In Red Hook, Sandy Aftermath Bring Complaints of Squalor in Public Housing

Friday, November 09, 2012

The city says 82 percent of public housing developments now have power and 70 percent have heat and hot water. But that still means thousands of residents are living in substandard conditions. 

Red Hook Houses in Brooklyn, where more than 6,000 people live, is one of the worst-off developments. About half the residents are still dealing with power outages, no heat and in some cases no water at all.

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Transportation Nation

How NY's MTA Restored Service...to the Subway Map

Thursday, November 08, 2012

The MTA's Chuck Gordanier, holding up the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Service subway map (photo by Kate Hinds)

If you looked at the MTA’s website in the days following Hurricane Sandy, you probably saw a subway map (pdf) that wasn’t what most straphangers were used to.

To protect New York City’s subway system, all transit shut down in advance of the storm. But then the under-river subway tunnels flooded, and the MTA had to convey to riders what was and wasn’t running.

That’s Chuck Gordanier's job, and he began booting up his Mac before the storm even ended.

He’s a manager at the transit agency. His task was -- and is -- to quickly translate the continuous service changes into a stripped-down map. So he began subtracting subway lines and stations. At first he thought the result was almost too harsh.

"But then once I saw this I thought ‘hey, that kind of fits the mood, doesn’t it?’" he said. "So I just kept stripping it down, taking everything off. The ferries weren’t going, why should they be there? The parks were closed, remember? So why should the parks be there? So I just took out everything that wasn’t actually happening and ended up with this."

The map, shown on screen in Adobe Illustrator. (Photo by Kate Hinds)

'This' is the subway recovery map, and it’s a stark contrast to the normal one. No perks, like neighborhood names, landmarks, or even the street grid. Just colored lines on a gray and white background showing what’s operational, and shaded out lines showing what isn’t. Gordanier’s been working 14-hour days to keep the map current. As in: power’s been restored to lower Manhattan? Color in the 1 train. The Joralemon Tunnel’s been pumped dry? Color in the four and five. Lather, rinse, repeat.

A list of the dozens of changes Gordanier made to the subway map since Hurricane Sandy. (Photo by Kate Hinds)

"When I had it done," he said, "and it was right, then we’d put it on the website right away and we’d roll out a quickie print version to post." Gordanier says it’s a matter of turning on and off some of the 50-plus layers that make up the map. He demonstrates how to power up the G line. "First I've got to find the G train layer," he said, clicking the mouse to unlock it. "There’s the G train--see that, 30 percent? Boing. There it is. Full strength."

(He got to do that for real Wednesday, when it began running again.)

Gordanier says he’ll keep updating the MTA’s subway recovery service map until things get back to normal. Until then, it’s a work in progress.

"Today, later," he said, "it will probably be different."

Example: two hours before this story aired on WNYC, the MTA restored full service on the L line.

Watch the return of subway service below.
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WNYC News

Some Large Artifacts at 9/11 Museum Exposed to Sandy Flood Waters

Thursday, November 08, 2012

The September 11th Museum says some of the large artifacts already placed in its subterranean, uncompleted facility at the World Trade Center have been exposed to flood waters.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Extended News from WNYC and NJPR

Thursday, November 08, 2012

WNYC's Richard Hake and NJPR's David Furst provide extended news coverage of the nor'easter and its effects on the region's recovery from Sandy.

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WNYC News

Flooded Out Staten Islander Preps for Second Blow From Nor'easter

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

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Staten Islander Stephen Drimalas is digging out from Sandy, showing up sporadically to his city job and, as of Wednesday, riding out a nor'easter.

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Conducting Business

How Arts Groups Can Recover Post-Sandy

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

What was Superstorm Sandy's larger impact on the arts? What can hard-hit cultural organizations do to recover? In this podcast, three experts discuss what resources are available for artists.

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WNYC News

Sandy Dispatch: Undeterred by Long Lines, A Family Waits to Help Loved Ones Who Lost

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Nelida and Angel Veledo have waited at a Hess station in Gowanus, Brooklyn, every morning since Sandy walloped the region. On some days, that can mean waiting in line more than four hours.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Election Day Update

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Anna Sale, It's A Free Country political reporter, offers Election Day analysis and updates on early and email voting logistics in New Jersey's storm-damaged precincts.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Disaster Relief After Sandy

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Dr. Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and founder of the Children's Health Fund, looks at the disaster relief operation underway and talks about the roles of the various organizations, from FEMA to ad hoc grassroots groups.

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New Tech City

New Tech City: Tech Post-Sandy and Getting Out the Vote

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Sandy turned the New York City metropolitan area into a low tech region last week. The storm knocked out power, cut internet access and limited phone service throughout the tri-state region.

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WNYC News

In the Rockaways, Elderly Residents Spent Another Cold Night in Queens

Monday, November 05, 2012

A week after Sandy many elderly residents in Far Rockaway are still without power. Mayor Michael Bloomberg was met with anger when he toured the area over the weekend. Some supplies are trickling in, but elderly residents are cold and worried about the freezing nighttime temperatures.

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WNYC News

NYU Starts Seeing Some Patients, but Bulk of Hospital Remains Closed

Monday, November 05, 2012

New York University Langone Medical Center reopened many of its outpatient offices, and the 600 students in the medical school went back to classes – but it’s still not clear when the hospital will open its emergency room, surgical suites and labor and delivery ward.

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Transportation Nation

Monday's Commute in NY: Subways Run, New Yorkers Patient

Monday, November 05, 2012

The subway map as of 11/15/12

Eight days ago, the subway system shut down.  Seven days ago, it suffered the worst devastation in its history.  All seven tunnels under the East River were flooded.

By Monday morning's commute, most of the subways were running under the East River. The R and the L were not (more on that in a minute).

By Sunday night, the MTA had restored all of the numbered lines across the East River (2, 3, 4, 5 & 7), as well as many lettered lines. This morning, at the last minute, the A, C and E were also connected.  The #1 train ran all the way downtown to Chambers Street.

The rapid restoration of the system caused MTA chairman Joe Lhota to tweet: Who says government doesn't work? Really? Check this out. http://bit.ly/PQ7mnZ.

The link was to the restored subway map.

(Lhota, by the way, is a Republican -- a former Deputy Mayor under Rudy Giuliani.)

MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg says MTA workers have been working "around the clock" to replace signals corroded by salt water.  Lisberg said increased headways -- or time between trains -- was due to reduced power and signalling issues caused by damaged signals.

Commuters, for the most part, were patient as they crowded onto train cars that were running about a third as frequently as usual. In two-and-a-half hours of riding the rails, I didn't hear any sighing, moaning, or cursing at the MTA, or at fellow passengers, a frequent accompaniment to the squeal of the trains on a morning commute.

WNYC's Jim O'Grady reports a similar amount of patience -- for now -- at the J train in Williamsburg, now the backstop for both the L and G. Jim describes the lines as "immense," but says straphangers were so relieved to be able to get into Manhattan that frustration was far from the boiling point.

But at least one straphanger was deterred. "Holy God," he said, seeing the subway line.  "Looks like I'm working from home today.

On Sunday, rider Rachel Tillman applauded outright when the F train re-connected under the East River.  "Good!' she exclaimed, giddily, "It's going all the way.  When I heard the announcement I thought it was a mistake.  Once we reached Jay Street-Metrotech I realized it was going all the way.  It makes me very happy."

 

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Transportation Nation

Low on Gas and Trains, NJ Struggles to Get to Work

Monday, November 05, 2012

South Orange commuters waiting in line for a bus (photo by Nancy Solomon)

(With reporting from Nancy Solomon) New Jersey commuters, many of whom still don't have power at home, struggled Monday morning to get to work. Gas is still in short supply, and New Jersey Transit's rail lines are only running limited service due to the "devastating damage" inflicted by Hurricane Sandy. The agency has set up emergency park-and-ride service and is using buses to get people into New York. But the wait time can be crushing: in South Orange, along the shuttered Midtown Direct line, train commuters waited two hours for buses.

The Department of Transportation says it's sending 350 buses to the state to fill in where commuter rail service has been disrupted. "The good news for commuters," writes Secretary Ray LaHood, "is that seventy of those buses will arrive ready for service this afternoon in New Jersey and many more will arrive throughout the week." Philadelphia's transit agency (SEPTA) has also sent 31 buses.

A spokeswoman for New Jersey Transit says the agency is trying to cope with multiple challenges and that it is difficult to add express bus service into New York.

For a slideshow of NJ Transit's storm damage, go here.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Christine Quinn: Schools on Staten Island

Monday, November 05, 2012

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn reports on her visit to Staten Island schools this morning, plus recovery efforts throughout the five boroughs.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Extended News from WNYC and NJPR

Monday, November 05, 2012

In the wake of Sandy and the eve of national elections we continue extended news coverage with WNYC's Richard Hake and NJPR's David Furst.

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New Jersey News

After Sandy, Residents Say the Jersey Shore Can Come Back

Monday, November 05, 2012

Sandy has taken an enormous toll on communities up and down the Jersey Shore, destroying homes and businesses, tearing up boardwalks and eroding beaches.  As people try to get back to normal, there’s a growing sense that it will be a new normal, at least of some areas of the shore.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Extended News from WNYC and NJPR 11AM

Monday, November 05, 2012

In the wake of Sandy and on the eve of national elections we continue extended news with WNYC's Richard Hakeand NJPR's David Furst, plus WNYC's Bob Hennelly and NJPR's Nancy Solomon report on commuting between New Jersey and New York and the latest on power restoration.

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It's A Free Country ®

Opinion: Marathon Cancelled, but Damage to Bloomberg's Rep is Done

Friday, November 02, 2012

That it took until 5 p.m. Friday to cancel the marathon is an insult.

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Soundcheck

Tonight: After The Storm: Your Requests

Friday, November 02, 2012

Superstorm Sandy affected each of us in very different ways. Tell us what music you want to hear in the wake of the disaster. What music do you want other WNYC listeners to hear right now, and why? Give us suggestions and join us for our special broadcast Thursday evening from 9-11 p.m. on WNYC 93.9 FM and WNYC.org.

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