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Scene, Week of Nov. 22, 2012

During Superstorm Sandy a sign on the grounds of the Jacob Riis public housing complex at E. Sixth St. and the F.D.R. Drive bent but didn’t break in the powerful winds coming off the East River.

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Surviving in the Sandy Superdome; We were ignored!

BY BARRY DROGIN  |  For four days, 220,000 Con Ed customers — how many were households of how many residents, how many were small businesses with how many employees, how many were big businesses with how many employees? — were abandoned and ignored by the media, the government, transportation agencies and — most shockingly — read more here »

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Letters, Week of Nov. 22, 2012

Kinda nice being off the grid To The Editor: Re “Notes from the disaster zone; A survivor sounds off” (talking point, Nov.  9): I read Bill Whineberg’s (sic) rant about the effects of Sandy. I not for one moment lamented the loss of power, of water, of heat and all the other inconveniences and of read more here »

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Merchants need grants

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, small businesses throughout Lower Manhattan have once again found themselves in an economic swamp. Struggling mom-and-pop shops from Avenue C to the Meatpacking District are trying their best to recover. Meanwhile on Front St. in the South Street Seaport the storm left many businesses shuttered, and several hundred employees read more here »

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Scene, Week of Nov. 15, 2012
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BY KATE WALTER  |  “This is like that reality show called ‘Pioneer House,’ ” said my neighbor as we trekked up and down the dark stairwells of Westbeth with our flashlights blazing. “More like a show called ‘Refugee Camp,’” I snapped, tired from carrying water up eight flights to my apartment for several days. I read more here »

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Letters, Week of Nov. 15, 2012

Knickerbocker’s nightmare To The Editor: Thousands of Knickerbocker Village residents in Chinatown are still without electricity, heat, hot water, Internet and other vital services. This complex is not public housing. Angry residents charge that the buildings’ owners and managers have been negligent in their response to Hurricane Sandy, and also callous and indifferent to suffering residents. read more here »

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Quinn calls it

Someone needed to say it — and start the ball rolling — and it was City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. In a landmark speech on global warming and its devastating impacts on New York City, which we’ve experienced here all too severely in the past two and a half weeks, Quinn stated that it’s time to read more here »

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Notes from the disaster zone; A survivor sounds off

BY BILL WEINBERG  |  Well, I’m back on my computer after four days of the electricity being out in Lower Manhattan, and finding my rage level is even higher than usual. Where to even begin? For starters, with the most obvious reality. I am 50 years old and grew up in New York City. Never read more here »

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Letters, Week of Nov. 8, 2012

A cooler spot for ice To The Editor: Re “Ice, ice baby: Con Ed chips in with chilly chunks”  (photos, Nov. 3): This certainly didn ’t help those of us further Downtown and west of Union Square. They easily could have put an ice center in Ruth Wittenberg Triangle at the intersection of Sixth and read more here »

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