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12:03:46 | 2012-11-02

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Good Morning New York! Here’s Some Real Estate News to Get You Started:
NYC sea barrier proponents: “The time has come”

Could a man-made barrier protected New York from the catastrophic damages of Superstorm Sandy? The vast destruction wreaked by the storm surge in New York could have been prevented with a sea barrier of the type that protects major cities in Europe, some scientists and engineers say. The multibillion-dollar price tag of such a project has been a hindrance, but may appear more palatable after the damage from Superstorm Sandy has been tallied.


CUOMO: Here’s Why There’s A Huge Gasoline Shortage, And Here’s What We’re Doing About It

Andrew Cuomo just explained the gasoline situation in New York/New Jersey.

[Business Insider]

Lessons from the Ultimate Safe Houses

The Corbi family’s house looks like many other modern homes in the Hollywood Hills, with white walls, large glass windows and views of downtown Los Angeles. But it has some key differences from its neighbors. The house has been built to withstand nearly every type of disaster scenario imaginable, from storms to high-magnitude earthquakes to wildfires to pandemic to a rare but potentially crippling high-frequency electromagnetic pulse attack triggered by a nuclear bomb, solar flare or specialized weapon.


Most of Manhattan Is Running While the Battery’s Dow

Three days after superstorm Sandy roared across Manhattan, Will Weinstein and his 12-year-old son biked from their home downtown to the Upper West Side for a treat: grocery shopping.


Upper Manhattan set struggle with guest influx after Sandy

While people living north of New York’s Times Square were largely spared from the rising waters and power outages that slammed Lower Manhattan on Monday, they are now dealing with a different kind of flood: Guests. Refugees from “Blackout City,” the portion of Manhattan that has been without power since late Monday, have been flowing north into parts of the city where life has been fairly normal this week – at least on the surface.


City Divided Over Whether to Hold a Post-Sandy NYC Marathon

As the city struggles to get its power back on, its transit system working, and the rest of its basic services restored, one apparent extravagance has become a lightning rod for controversy: the New York City Marathon. The race, scheduled for Sunday, winds from Staten Island, through Brooklyn and Queens, up Manhattan’s East Side into the Bronx, then back down to Central Park.

[NY Mag]

Some Lines For Gas Stretch 22 Blocks, Twitter Tries To Help

The gas shortage hitting the east coast in the wake of Hurricane Sandy continues, with everyone from regular drivers to Papa John’s delivery guys affected. Still, Mayor Bloomberg says, “I think by Monday most of it will have gone away.” And if you know where to find gas in the city? Well, there is a hashtag and affiliated user-generated map for that! Oh, the internet.


Lessons Gleaned in the Glow of a Giant Night Light

HERE are a few things I have learned about living in a Greenwich Village high-rise, in the no-power sector south of Midtown, post-Hurricane Sandy. What constitutes a lot of candles before a blackout is a very different number from after a blackout.


Postwar, Prewar and Everything Before

IT is a sliver of a word, and a nonspecific one at that, but in New York City real estate, “prewar” speaks volumes. The term, applied generally to apartment buildings built before World War II, conjures images of high ceilings, thick walls, plaster ornamentation and generous layouts. That much, most New Yorkers who have apartment-hunted probably know.


Part of Lower Manhattan Could Have Power Today

Part of Lower Manhattan will have its power restored on Friday, Con Edison officials announced. Buildings below the Brooklyn Bridge between Broadway and the East River will get their power back on Friday — but only if their electrical equipment has not been seriously damaged by flooding from Hurricane Sandy, which caused massive power outages throughout New York City, said John Miksad, Con Ed’s senior vice president of electric operations.


Feeling Forgotten After the Storm

On the Lower East Side, thousands of residents, many of them elderly, remained trapped in high-rise buildings with no water, power or heat—and limited phone service to call for help, officials said.


“Brooklyn Is Out Of Gas,” Wait For Fuel Can Last Hours

There may be hundreds of thousands of gallons of gasoline in the Arthur Kill between Staten Island and New Jersey but there doesn’t appear to be much of that liquid gold at the pumps. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy reports are coming in of incredibly long lines to buy gas—many blocks and hours long—if you can even find a gas station with fuel to spare.


Nourish Kitchen + Table Puts “Green” in Greenwich Village

Locavores can rejoice; the team of Faith Hope Consolo, Joseph A. Aquino and Prudential Douglas Elliman brokered a 12 year lease at 95 Greenwich Avenue. The new tenant will be Nourish Kitchen + Table, a locally-sourced, farm-fresh eatery.

[Globe St.]

Brighton Beachers are proud they stuck it out

Dozens of residents living in Brooklyn’s evacuation zones braved the storm — and at least two stalwart survivors say they have no regrets Community activist Ida Sanoff, a resident of the Brighton Towers, declared on Sunday that she and her neighbors were stocking up on supplies and would meet Sandy’s wrath head on.

[BK Daily]

Dyckman Street Feels Pinch From Growth

With few dining and night-life options, residents of Inwood have long wished for new eating and drinking establishments to open up in their neighborhood. Their wish is starting to come true, bringing some headaches in the process


Residents of NYC’s Chinatown Turn to Community Group for Relief as Elderly, Immigrants Isolated by Storm

Another area of New York City hit hard by Superstorm Sandy is Chinatown in the southeastern section of Manhattan, where many businesses remain shuttered and residents are still without power, some of them stranded on high floors of apartment buildings. The group CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities has been leading a relief effort, with volunteers distributing supplies and canvassing buildings.

[Democracy Now]

Michelle Williams and Jason Segal’s waterfront lovenest devastated by Sandy

Hollywood star Michelle Williams and Jason Segal have been forced out of their new waterfront lovenest after it was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The couple, both 32, had only been at the warehouse apartment for a few months before the storm struck. And startling pictures show the carnage outside their building in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

[Daily Mail]

Why Isn’t the G Train Running? [Updated]

We finally sort of found out how it is the G train flooded even though it does not go under the East River. Currently, the section of the train running under Newtown Creek is full of water (between the oil, the Superfund sites, and now this, that creek is just the worst).


Video: A Post-Sandy Bensonhurst

Reader “Slim Charles” made this video of a post-Sandy Bensonhurst. He did a great job of capturing the neighborhood businesses and homes that saw the most damage. We’ll be seeing lots of images of Downtown Manhattan and other parts of the city in years to come that document the destruction, and for Southern Brooklyn, this is a good time capsule of what most of us in Bensonhurst saw the day after.


Halloween Without the Park Slope Parade

Despite the absence of the beloved Park Slope Halloween Parade, Halloween in Park Slope post-Sandy was actually quite charming Seventh Avenue was packed with trick-or-treaters and parents at 5PM or so. Parents were advised to do the bulk of the outdoor trick or treating before dark and that seems to have been the case.


Truly love thy neighbor

On the Upper East Side, residents of 200 East End Ave. — many of them elderly — found themselves without power after the storm flooded their basement. And just like that, their neighbors across the street at 180 East End offered to take them in.