Hurricane Sandy Update
November 2, 2012
TRANSPORTATION & HOW TO GET TO MANHATTAN Shuttle buses between Manhattan and Brooklyn will operate until subway service is restored. The buses will run on these routes: 1. Between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Manhattan Bridge, north on 3rd Avenue and south on Lexington Avenue 2. Between Jay Street-MetroTech and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Manhattan Bridge, north on 3rd Avenue and south on Lexington Avenue Some subways are now running in Brooklyn to get you to the shuttle buses in downtown Brooklyn. You can see a map of the limited subway service routes at http://www.mta.info/sites/default/files/pdf/HurricaneRecoveryMapOct312012.pdf. Water has been pumped out of some of the subway tunnels between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Once power is restored in lower Manhattan subway service between the two boroughs can resume. All airports are back with partial service. East River Ferry is running limited service in two legs. HEALTH AND CLEANUP AFTER THE GOWANUS CANAL New York City drinking water is safe to drink. Anyone who had their homes flooded by the Gowanus Canal should take extra steps to protect your health. To prevent infection you should:
- Keep children, pets and people with compromised immune systems away until the area has been cleaned and disinfected.
- Throw away any food (including packaged food) that was touched by sewage water.
- Follow the steps listed below to protect against infection during cleanup.
- Pre-rinse fabrics with cold water to help prevent staining.
- Launder with detergent. This will disinfect most items.
- Dry thoroughly. Dry clean items that cannot be laundered. This process will generally disinfect clothing.
- Throw out soaked leather shoes, as it may be very difficult to disinfect them.
- Speak to a professional trained in conservation methods about cleaning valuable papers and photographs.
- Clean small contaminated areas with detergents and disinfectants.
- Dry thoroughly and quickly.
- Hire a professional to clean larger areas.
- Throw away soaked rug padding.
- For small- to mid-sized businesses that have experienced business interruption, $5 million is available through an emergency loan program. Loans will be capped at $10,000. Businesses should contact NYC Business Solutions staff to find out more about the application and intake process. NYC Business Solutions Centers will also coordinate with community-based-organizations in severely affected areas to help businesses with the application process.
- For mid- to large-sized businesses that need to begin recovery, an emergency sales tax letter from New York City Industrial Development Authority (IDA) will be available allowing forgiveness of New York City and New York State sales taxes to businesses on materials purchased for recovery efforts. IDA will also waive all fees and, while following State law, look to streamline its normal procedure. This program is expected to offer economic benefits to reconstruction projects costing $500,000 or more. Businesses can contact Shin Mitsugi at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on this program.