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As temperatures in the city turn colder, out-of-state National Guard members are helping distribute food, water and other necessities to displaced New Yorkers and warming shelters remain open to New Yorkers without homes.
The mayor stressed Sunday that donors for Sandy relief efforts need to give money, since there has been a large outpouring of supplies like food and clothes.
He also said one of the biggest concerns right now is the cold weather. With temperatures plummeting and people lacking power and homes, he is urging them to visit emergency shelters.
See a list of warming shelters provided by the city.
Hundreds of residents from the hardest-hit areas are being taken by bus to spend the night at city-provided emergency warming shelters. Transportation to the shelters is provided from six locations across the five boroughs.
Approximately 90 percent of all city schools will be open Monday, while others will be closed due to damage or lack of power. Other schools that will soon double as shelters will also be closed Monday.
Information on school relocations and cancellations are available online, or by calling 311.
All city schools will be closed Tuesday for Election Day.
Also on Monday, all Catholic schools in Manhattan and Staten Island are expected to be open. Only four Catholic schools in the Bronx — Villa Maria Academy, Holy Cross, St. Benedict and Immaculate Conception School on Gun Hill Road — will be closed Monday.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said more than 850 soldiers and 250 vehicles from National Guard units in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Massachusetts will bring help run food and water distribution sites and help out local police and fire departments.
These National Guard members will stay at Floyd Bennett Field in Queens.
Federal Emergency Management Agency officials also are working on long-term housing for between 30,000 to 40,000 residents who lost their homes to damages from Sandy.
Scores of charities, as well as corporations and individuals, have joined the city in helping to provide food, blankets, and other supplies to victims of the storm.
Meanwhile, city residents have been struggling to gas up their cars as lines at some service stations stretch down the street for several blocks.
The fuel shortage is the result of power outages in areas where fuel is pumped from refineries or loaded into tanker trucks. As a result, many local service stations can't get fuel delivered – which has put the strain on those few gas stations with fuel to sell.
Even if stations do have gas, some of them are in areas that have no power and can't pump it until the electricity comes back.
The wait is also affecting people who don't drive, as residents on foot line up to fill gas containers for generators. The shortage has also resulted in fewer cabs on the streets.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged New Yorkers on Sunday morning to not hoard their supplies, especially gas.
The U.S. Energy Department established a team Sunday to identify local gas stations that may need emergency generators or are running low on fuel.
Drivers are warned that due to long lines and high demand, emergency personnel and first responder vehicles would be given first priority.
A new online tool at gasbuddy.com/sandy directs users to stations where gas is available.
The site is urging users to update fuel availability information so that drivers looking for gasoline can find it.
GasBuddy is also working with gas stations to keep its information updated.
Also, on Sunday morning, Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky announced that 80 percent of the city's taxi fleet was working on Saturday night, and that the number of taxi rides citywide has continued to rise.
Power And Other Services
Six days after large parts of the city went dark, Consolidated Edison officials announced Saturday evening that all Manhattan power networks were back online following repairs to the remaining equipment in that borough.
Many customers in Midtown and Lower Manhattan had their power restored Friday evening after Con Ed made repairs to the East 14th Street substation that was damaged by Sandy last Sunday night. Hours earlier, Con Ed restored power to 84,000 Staten Island customers in some of the hardest-hit areas.
The utility says if Manhattan customers are still without power, it's likely due to damaged equipment in the streets, or wind or water damage to individual buildings.
Con Ed officials are also urging Manhattan residents south of 34th Street to avoid using non-essential appliances, such as washing machines and dryers and elevator banks, as the company reinforces its underground electrical systems.
The utility also said that 1,967 customers lost their gas during the storm, and that 229 had their service restored by Sunday afternoon.
The remaining customers had gas available to them, according to Con Ed, but for 649 customers, gas was brought back and is available to customer but there are still some factors that are needed to restore them (i.e. basements are flooded, electricity needed)
According to John Miksad, Con Ed's senior vice president of electrical operations, 550 customers south of 14th Street are still without steam. Miksad said that Con Ed will work to restore those 550 customers throughout the week.
As of 1:30 a.m. Monday, more than 90,000 Con Ed customers were still without power, including 43,064 in Queens, 16,231 on Staten Island, 22,347 in Brooklyn, 10,456 in the Bronx and 3,568 in Manhattan.
The Long Island Power Authority website also says as of 2:30 p.m. Sunday there were 19,256 customers without power in the Rockaways in Queens, and the utility says they will hopefully have power again by Wednesday night.
Emergency generators were also sent to Hamill Houses in Far Rockaway, Queens.
Con Ed officials said it could take until next weekend or even longer to complete all the necessary repairs.
At one point Tuesday night, there were more than 650,000 customers without power across the city, including 59 New York City Housing Authority developments.
Friday also saw the cancellation of the New York City Marathon, after city officials determined that running the race on Sunday would be unfair to the thousands of residents suffering in Sandy's aftermath.
The Department of Sanitation is making scheduled garbage collections as post-storm conditions permit, although recycling collections remain suspended.
Mailing services in the hard-hit Rockaways will expand Monday.
Residents who live in an area with a 11691, 11692, 11693, 11694, 11096, 11690 or a 11695 zip code will have their mail handed out at the Far Rockaway Main Post Office.
It will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.
Customers with a 11697 zip code will have to pick up their mail at Kennedy's Restaurant in Breezy Point.
Residents with any questions or concerns about their mail should call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777).
Response And Relief
A particular area of concern is the Rockaways in Queens, which is currently coping with extensive damage left behind by Sandy.
The mayor criticized the Long Island Power Authority, which serves the peninsula for "not acting aggressively enough."
"We realize that LIPA has outages throughout Long Island, but the Rockaways were the hardest hit by the storm and when it comes to prioritizing resources, we think they should be first in line. So far that has not appeared to be the case and that is just not acceptable," Bloomberg said Saturday.
Meanwhile, Gov. Cuomo on Saturday announced that one million meals will be distributed over the next few days to help struggling New Yorkers. He also said that President Obama has approved a request to raise food stamp allocations by 50 percent this month.
On Friday, Cuomo announced homeowners devastated by the storm will be getting some support from the state.
The governor says the state legislature is setting aside $100 million to help cover some of the costs that will not be paid for by private insurance and FEMA aid.
The governor says if that's not enough they will try to find more funds.
Meantime, the Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services, working with the New York City Office of Emergency Management, planned to distribute food at 14 different locations in four boroughs Friday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
View a list of Salvation Army food distribution locations.
As of Saturday, police confirmed at least 40 deaths caused by Sandy.
Among the deaths reported on Staten Island include two young boys who were swept away in the surge as well as an off-duty police officer who drowned after rescuing his family from rising waters in his South Beach home.
The most severe damage from the storm is being reported in and around the city's low-lying areas, especially the Rockaways and on Staten Island.
Department of Buildings inspectors are roving through Zone A areas to asses the structural integrity of homes. That needs to happen before the evacuation order will be lifted for those areas.
Inspections are happening in Lower Manhattan, the Rockaways and on Staten Island.
Buildings will be tagged with a placard. Green means the building is safe to enter; Red means the building is not safe and may not be entered; and Yellow means the building can be occupied conditionally (i.e. one floor may be safe but another is not). The conditions will be explained on the placard.
Inspections of the Staten Island Zone A buildings are scheduled to be complete by the end of the weekend.
The state is also launching an emergency assistance hotline to help people and businesses hit hard by the storm to start rebuilding. The number is 855-NYS-SANDY or 855-697-7263. Cuomo says he hopes the hotline will help people avoid bureaucracy.
Transit & Traffic Info
Work crews for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority continue to expand limited service on their subway and commuter rail lines, but the Monday morning commute will be far from normal.
As of late Sunday night, the MTA says that limited E train service has resumed between Jamaica-Parsons/Archer Station in Queens and the World Trade Center station in Manhattan. A train service is also restored on a limited basis between 168th Street in Manhattan and Lefferts Boulevard in Queens, according to the MTA.
Limited 1 trains are running from 242nd Street to 14th Street, limited 2 trains a running from 241st Street in the Bronx to Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn and limited 3 trains are running from 148th Street in Harlem to New Lots Avenue in Brooklyn.
Limited service resumed on the D line from 205th Street in the Bronx to Bay Parkway in Brooklyn.
The J train is crossing the Williamsburg Bridge again, making all local stops between Jamaica Center and Essex Street.
The MTA website says that Q train service is restored between Kings Highway in Brooklyn and Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard in Queens.
There is still no service on the B, C or G lines.
MTA officials admitted restoring G service is a low priority, since the line has much flooding and fewer riders.
The 4, 5, 6 and 7 trains resumed full service Saturday.
Regular fares are back in effect after being suspended Thursday and Friday.
The Staten Island Railway also started service Saturday, with limited runs between St. George and Tottenville.
There will be no weekday express service in the morning and evening rush hours. During those hours, trains will run every 15 minutes to coincide with ferry departures and arrivals.
During off-peak hours, trains will run every 30 minutes.
Multiple lines on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad remain suspended as crews continue to clear tracks of debris and water.
Many of the city's bus routes are back up and running. However, those located in some of the hardest-hit areas are being re-routed with limited service.
PATH train service continues to be suspended as crews work to pump water out of the tunnels.
For the latest subway, bus, and commuter rail updates, visit mta.info.
Department of Transportation authorities announced Sunday that alternate-side parking will be suspended on Monday and Tuesday.
Nearly all of the city's bridges are back open to traffic and driving restrictions in and out of Manhattan have been lifted.
The Port Authority Bus Terminal is offering normal service.
On Sunday, Gov. Cuomo's office announced suspensions of tolls for the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge and the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, which lead drivers to and from the Rockaways. The suspensions will be applied retroactive to when the bridges opened after the storm.
According to MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota, E-ZPass tolls paid since the Rockaways bridges reopened will be retroactively credited back to customers’ accounts.
According to Gov. Cuomo's office, the suspension of tolls will last through the end of November as recovery efforts continue.
The Queens-Midtown and Hugh L. Carey/Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel remain closed due to flooding.
By Sunday, one south-bound lane of the Holland Tunnel was open to buses traveling from New Jersey to Manhattan from 5:30 to 10 a.m. and west-bound buses returning to New Jersey from 1 to 9 p.m.
The Lincoln Tunnel has reopened.
All three major airports — John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark — are back up and running.
Staten Island Ferry service resumed on Friday.
NY Waterway's East River ferry service and the World Financial Ferry are running on a limited service schedule.
Health And Hospitals
According to the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, storm damage, power outages and flooding forced the evacuations of Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan and Coney Island in Brooklyn, and those patients were brought to neighboring facilities.
By Sunday, HHC officials said water was still being pumped from the basement of Bellevue, and the hospital is expected to open in another two weeks.
Coney Island Hospital's outpatient clinics and ambulatory service will be available Monday, but its emergency room and in-patient areas will be closed.
A HHC health center in the Lower East Side, Gouverneur Health on 227 Madison Street, will offer limited outpatient and ambulatory care on Monday.
Meanwhile, NYU Langone Medical Center officials say that their main campus and emergency department will be closed on Monday.
Some of NYU Langone's ambulatory service will be available Monday, and some of its branch offices will be open Monday, including offsite offices, the Hospital for Joint Diseases, the Center for Musculoskeletal Care, the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and the Clinical Cancer Center.
The Department of Environmental Protection says the city's water supply is larger safe to drink, and that extra chlorine has been added to the water.
Update: One exception is in Breezy Point, Queens, where city officials say tap water is not drinkable, even if boiled. Residents there for now should drink bottled water. City officials say the advisory is specific to Breezy Point as water is being returned for firefighting purposes only. Officials reiterate the city’s tap water remains safe for all other areas of the city.
The city Department of Health says that New Yorkers should avoid swimming, boating or coming into direct contact with the Hudson River, East River, New York Harbor, Jamaica Bay and the Kill Van Kull until further notice.
Cuomo has suspended state regulations to make it easier for manufacturers to donate water to those affected by Sandy. The executive order permits waivers excluding manufacturers from container deposit requirements.
For instance, Anheuser-Busch had packaged thousands of cases of canned, portable drinking water for victims. But since the company does not usually produce water distributed in New York, it did not have the certification to distribute it and needed the Department of Health's approval.
The suspension will remain in effect until Friday in order to aid emergency relief efforts.
Libraries, Parks And Recreation
Central Park welcomed visitors back starting Saturday at 8 a.m. and the Bronx Zoo also reopened Saturday.
The Central Park Zoo remains closed and the New York Aquarium is closed indefinitely.
All branches of the New York Public Library went through Sandy without any damages. Seven of its branches reopened Friday: Tottenville, St. George, Todt Hill-Westerleigh and Richmondtown in Staten Island, the Roosevelt Island branch in Manhattan and the Morris Park and Riverdale branches in the Bronx.
To find out if a particular branch is open, visit nypl.org.
Several Queens Library branches are open or opening soon: Douglaston/Little Neck, Far Rockaway, Far Rockaway Teen Center, Hollis, Howard Beach, Middle Village and Rochdale. However, four Queens Library branches - Arverne, Broad Channel, Peninsula and Seaside - are closed indefinitely due to storm damages.
Carnegie Hall has rescheduled or relocated a lot of its concerts originally scheduled from Friday through Monday. Details and refund policies are available at www.carnegiehall.org.
The following is a list of food distribution centers set up by The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services.
• Rockaways: Conch Playground – 51st Street & Rockaway Beach Boulevard; Hammel Playground – 84th Street & Rockaway Beach Boulevard; Red Fern House Playground – Redfern Avenue & Beach 12th Street
• Astoria: Hallets Cove – Vernon Blvd & 30th Road
• Coney Island: Surf Island Playground – West 25th Street & Surf Avenue
• Red Hook: Coffey Park – 85 Richards Street
• Chelsea: Chelsea Park – West 27th Street, between 9th & 10th Avenues
• Lower East Side: Vladic Playground – East 10th Street, between C & D Avenues; Al Smith Playground – Catherine Street, between Cherry & Monroe Streets; Hamilton Fish – Pitt Street & East Houston Street
• Other: Grand Street Settlement Houses – 413 Grand Street; Confucius Plaza on Division Street
• Parking Lot – corner of Mill Road & New Dorp Lane
• Empty Lot – corner of Yetman and Ylon Boulevard