Today is Day 8 of Sandy in New York City, and residents in the hardest hit areas along with volunteers, workers and officials from all over the boroughs are scrambling to clean up and fix as much infrastructure as possible before the coming Nor’easter hits on Wednesday. Forecasters predict wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour, which will only compound the already insane levels of damage in places like Far Rockaway, Queens, which still has no lights, heat or hot water.
Residents there are overwhelmed and have received little help so far, with the exception of what the Occupy movement and other community members have been able to provide. Occupy Sandy is an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street and is a “coordinated relief effort to help distribute resources & volunteers to help neighborhoods and people affected by Hurricane Sandy.” My friend and fellow comedian Ted Alexandro is an outspoken and visible member of the Occupy movement, and one of the founding members of Occupy Astoria LIC. He spent the weekend — along with other Queens residents and Occupiers — shuttling supplies to and helping out in the Rockaways. Here are some incredible photos he took yesterday of the devastation there, along with photos by Flickr user dakine kane that show the extent of the damage:
For ways to help victims of Sandy in New York City, click here. You can also buy supplies for Sandy victims via Amazon that will be distributed or used by Occupy Sandy. For more on the devastation in the Rockaways in particular, watch this video report by The New York Times. Also check out Astoria Recovers.
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