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The City began a food and water distribution operation at NYCHA Developments beginning Thursday, November 1. They remained until November 11, 2012.   


On Nov. 12, the City set up prepared/hot food distribution sites and free food trucks at the following locations.  




Prepared/Hot Food Distribution Sites 

  • Walbaum's (Parking Lot): 112-15 Beach Channel Drive (@ Beach 112 Street)
  • Thriftway Mall (Parking Lot): 20-52 Mott Street between 20th and 21st Streets
  • Key Food (Parking Lot): 87-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd. (between Beach 87th & 88th)
  • Beach 41st Street Community Center: Beach 40th Street and Beach Channel Drive













Free Food Trucks, Sponsored by Mayor's Fund  

  • St. Helen's Roman Catholic Church: 83rd Street and 157th Avenue
  • Redfern Houses Community Center, Hassock Street and Beach Channel Drive
  • Kate's Market: Hillside Ave in Roxbury/Breezy Point  
  • Christ Community Church: Rockaway Point Boulevard and 208st/Breezy Point
  • St. Francis de Sales: Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 129th Street
  • American Legion Hall: 209 Cross Bay Boulevard, Broad Channel
  • 124th & Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway
  • Beach 25th & Seagirt, Rockaway
  • Breezy Point Fire Dept., 2045 Rockaway Point Blvd., Rockaways
  • St. Edmunds CHurch: Rockaway Point Blvd. & Beach 216 St., Rockaways
  • Beach 49th St. & Beach Channel Dr., Rockaways    



Prepared/Hot Food Distribution Site  

  • MCU Park (Parking Lot): 1904 Surf Avenue (@ West 19th Street)
  • Fine Fare Supermarket (Parking Lot: 2901 Mermaid Ave., (W. 29th), Coney Island
  • Searise Houses on Neptune btwn 34th & 35th, Courtyard next to 3485 Neptune Ave., Coney Island
  • Corner of Sheepshead Bay Road & Emmons Ave., Sheepshead Bay
  •  IKEA - Free Meal Coupon: Coffey Park, 85 Richards St., Red Hook

Free Food Trucks, Sponsored by Mayor's Fund  

  • Gerritsen Beach Fire Department: Seba Avenue between Canton Court and Dare Court
  • Coffey Park, 85 Richards Street
  • West 33rd St. & Neptune Ave., Sea Gate 
  • Holy Family Catholic Church, 9719 Flatlands Ave., Carnarsie
  • Our Lady of Solace Church: Mermaid Ave. & 19th St., Coney Island    

Staten Island   


Prepared/Hot Food Distribution Site

  • Miller Field: Corner of Mill Road and New Dorp Lane  


Red Hook--While food distribution has ended for this area, the Red Hook Senior Center program is operating at the Miccio Center and senior participants are receiving meals daily.

Door-to-door operations servicing NYCHA's homebound population has been on-going.


The NYPD has provided security and volunteers have increased the capacity to see more residents each day.  


Each canvasser is equipped with a resident questionnaire to ensure the most important information is gathered and services are made available to them 


All residents with pressing medical needs are addressed by NYCHA staff.  


Every homebound resident who requested food is accommodated that same day.   

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November 16, 2012


The New York City Housing Authority continues to restore heat and hot water to developments currently without service due to the storm. During the past weeks, NYCHA has returned power to 100 percent of its 402 storm-affected buildings, as well as heat and hot water to many buildings across the city and is working with the utility companies and other government agencies to restore these essential services to every NYCHA resident as quickly as possible.

  • On Thursday, November 15, 2012, we were able to get heat and hot water restored to 10,044 residents of 577 buildings.  That means today that these services have been restored to 95 percent of all buildings that lost heat and hot water during the hurricane.

Below is the list of developments where we restored power or heat and hot water yesterday:

  • Red Hook East - 4 building housing 446 residents 
  • Red Hook West -  7 buildings housing 1,764 residents
  • Coney Island (Site 8) - 1 building housing 361 residents
  • Haber - 2 buildings housing 302 residents
  • Surfside Gardens - 1 building housing 377 residents
  • Carleton Manor - 1 building housing 379 residents
  • Hammel - 14 buildings housing 1,816 residents
  • Ocean Bay Apartments (Bayside) - 24 buildings housing 3,734  

Current Status:



  • After Sandy hit, there were 402 buildings without electricity housing approximately 79,000 residents.
  • All buildings have had their electricity restored. 


  • After Sandy hit, there were 386 buildings housing approximately 77,000 residents without heat and hot water.
  • We have restored heat and hot water to 368 buildings housing 72,070 residents.
  • Currently there are 18 buildings throughout 7 developments affecting 4,747 residents without heat.

Developments without heat and hot water



  • Carey Gardens - 1 buildings housing 599 residents
  • Coney Island - 5 buildings housing 1,203 residents
  • Coney Island I (Sites 4 and 5) - 2 buildings housing 1,075 residents
  • O'Dwyer Gardens- 6 buildings housing 974 residents
  • Surfside Gardens - 3 out of 5 buildings housing 711 residents
  • Red Hook West - 1 out of 14 buildings housing 185 residents

We are in the process of connecting and testing temporary boilers to bring heat and hot water back to the remaining buildings. We hope to restore this service to all this week.



  • After Sandy hit, there were 699 elevators out of service.
  • As part of the storm preparation, we initially removed 397 elevators from service. All of these elevators were damaged by the storm. In addition, our assessment found another 297 elevators out of service due to impact of the storm.
  • We have repaired and restored to service 663 elevators or 95% of the 699 elevators impacted by the storm.

Now that all our buildings have power, we're actively working to safely restore elevator service to the remaining buildings.



Over the past week, we have dispatched over 100 crews from third-party janitorial companies (and 60 NYCHA crews from non-impacted areas ) to all impacted developments to remove garbage, clean stairwells and halls, and generally sanitize the buildings in an effort to return sanitary conditions back to normal. We completed this initial clean-up effort on November 14, with some additional follow-up through Sunday. We expect our NYCHA crews to resume managing the buildings on Monday, as before Hurricane Sandy