Post Your LES Sandy Rescue and Relief Info Here

Posted on: November 1st, 2012 at 8:16 am by

We’ve gotten a huge outpouring of people who want to help with Sandy relief and rescue efforts in the Lower East Side. Right now we’re operating with very limited resources so what might work best is if we open the floor to all of you.

Please use the comment section of this post as a message board to send and receive information. That way everyone can read it in real-time. As we get important information, we’ll tweet it and post it on Facebook.

Keep in mind that we are not official organizers of anything, we’re merely trying our best to give people a place to communicate. Please feel free to share links to other sites that have additional info.

Here’s one event for today that we’ve been covering to help the stranded seniors at the Seward Park co-op.

A group of us are meeting at 387 Grand Street at Norfolk tomorrow (Thurs) at 10:30 in the lobby area. The plan is to organize and walk the three stairways going door to door checking on people. There’s a few buildings in this coop, all with 3 elevator banks, so we will try to check on as many floors as we can.

Hoping security will not give us any problems….

Anyone wanting to help please come by. Or email me at with any questions.

  • There’s also an amazing group of people over at who have been mobilizing people to help out. Be sure to check their site for more info.
  • If you have supplies to donate (flashlights, batteries, water) you can drop them off at CAAAV’s offices, 46 Hester Street. via the lo-down
  • Volunteers needed at Seward Park High School, 350 Grand Street
  • LoHo Realty & Concierge is giving out free water in front of its storefront office at 397 Grand Street,  917-796-5445
  • RAIRAIKEN will cook free hot ramen for hungry neighbors Thursday– RAIRAIKEN, 218 e10th
  • Tomorrow afternoon (Friday 11/2) starting at 3pm Pimps and Pinups will be handing out coffee and soup to their neighbors struggling with the aftermath of the storm. Gimmie Coffee! Brooklyn and Starbucks donated coffee and Hale and Hearty is supplying the soup.
  • City Meals and Wheels to distribute meals outside of senior centers (senior centers will remain closed):
    500 meals to City Hall Senior Center at 100 Gold Street
    500 meals for Knickerbocker Village – 36 Monroe Street
    1,000 meals For Smith Houses at 50 Madison Street.
    Tomorrow Friday, November 2nd at around 11:30 am. This will all depend on traffic.
  • TODAY THURSDAY 3-6 PM  Will be staffed by National Guard, Salvation Army and volunteers run through the Mayor’s office, Council Member Margaret Chin’s office and the Chinatown Partnership.
    Each individual will get 3 meals and 5 bottles of water.
    -Smith Playground, Catherine Street btwn Cherry and Monroe
    -Hamilton Fish, Pitt and East Houston
    -Confucius Plaza, Division St
    -Grand Street Settlement Houses (WATER ONLY)

Thanks to everyone who is lending a helping hand. We’ll do our best to get your information shared.

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  • Evan

    If you do come, BRING A FLASHLIGHT as there are NO LIGHTS in the stairways and it’s pitch black.

    **** I do not know if MGMT has gone ahead and knocked on these people’s doors but we are going to double check to see if anyone needs help.


    • purejuice

      if you need money for drinking water, batteries, chargers, etc. for your old people please consider using a crowdfunding site. i’d add my bit.
      they probably need help with prescriptions, once they get water and food.

    • Gabrielle

      Evan, could you give us an update from today? Is there anywhere else you’re posting? Thank you SO much for your work.

  • Marc Lande

    Friday I am driving to LES from upstate NY with my BBQ, charcoal, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, etc. to give out for free…. if anyone want to contribute, or suggest a street for me to set up that needs it the most shoot me an email , So far its just me in my car and I am driving from Binghamton at around 2pm (so i should arrive around 6pm.. give or take) So if anyone wants me me to pick them up to help me man the grill let me know

    • Dave Gustav

      That sounds great, Marc. Just make sure to check any driving restrictions that may apply.–hov-restrictions-begin-as-sandy-outages-persist

      HOV Vehicle Rules For City Bridges

      In an effort to reduce resulting traffic congestion, Bloomberg announced High Occupancy Vehicle restrictions Wednesday on all four East River bridges and major roadways, beginning on Thursday and Friday.

      From 6 a.m. until midnight on Thursday and Friday, vehicles traveling into Manhattan must have at least three occupants.

      The measure also includes the Robert F. Kennedy-Triborough and Henry Hudson Bridges as well as the Lincoln Tunnel.

      Only the George Washington Bridge is exempt from these restrictions.

      All taxis, liveries, black cars and other TLC-licensed vehicles are exempt from the HOV restrictions.

      Commercial, emergency and paratransit vehicles are also exempt.

      • mpp12

        Good point Dave, though we could also get a couple people to walk across the relevant bridge and ride over with Mark.

        Still, if only for traffic alone getting across the bridges before 6am would be wise if you can do it Mark.

        Also, might be worth finding a vegetarian option like tofu dogs or something. There was a Korean BBQ place giving out skewers for free on Univ Place Tuesday and many Indian/Jewish folks were sad to find they only had pork products left. Just a thought though – your idea definitely sounds amazing!!

    • Rebecca Johnson

      24 Montgomery Street. My friend is there with no electricity and now water. It’s a high rise with many elderly.

      • Rebecca Johnson

        25 not 24

  • Monica O’Malley de Castillo

    Collecting goods on the UWS to take down to the LES. Please contact if you would like to donate any food/supplies. Thank you!

  • May



  • Dave Gustav

    Sharing this comment from the post on Seward Park co-op:

    We live on the 19th floor of 387 Grand St. (K block) and we were
    checking in on our neighbors regularly from Monday night until yesterday
    (Wed afternoon). We have 2 small children so our friends from Brooklyn
    came to bring us to their home. We had planned to leave for one day and
    bring supplies back to our neighbors, but we are going to stay another
    day since it is better for our kids. Could someone please check in on
    our neighbors for us? K1907, K1908, etc. There are 3 elderly women,
    running low on water, food, and batteries, etc. One has diet
    restrictions and is afraid to use her stove because she thinks she has a
    gas leak. Another has 2 dogs and has not been able to bring them
    outside to defecate or pee (she doesn’t have a balcony) so I only
    imagine what the garbage situation is. We shared what we could with them
    before we left. Thank you! I am sure they could use more water,
    candles, food, batteries.

    • Lisa

      Hi, We helped Monica with her dogs today – 1 elderly woman also answered on the 19th fl and seemed to be in good shape, the third on the 19th floor did not reply to our knocking.

      • Gabrielle

        Thank you for doing this today! Can you let us know what you found and any ongoing plans?

  • Holly Louise Perry

    would like to put together some care packages to mail, if anyone has a need! not sure how the post is running, but i assume people are going to need things for a while. email me

  • FDRDrive

    Hearing from a reporter that seniors in Alfred E. Smith homes on Cherry Street are in pretty bad shape. If any groups can reach them please visit.

  • david

    East River Housing needs people too, many seniors left alone. Not much being done.

  • Jenny

    Please help the seniors in buliding 117 East 2nd Street as they are completely in the dark, no running water, food or electricity. The management of the building hasn’t check on them since the hurricane and many are very elderly who can not move out of their apartments. Please if anyone can bring flashlights, water, and any food to help them.

  • Jeanette

    For people who need water/food; go to the runners tent in Central Park. They have water, shelter and electricity. The sponsors of this marathon say they are donating precedes to help those affected; we can’t wait for precedes. Help is needed NOW!

  • Dave Gustav

    They need strong volunteers to help carry water at 80 Rutgers for seniors @twobridgesnyc, meet there at 2pm.