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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 18, 2012


The New York City Housing Authority Has Restored Power, Heat and Hot Water to 100 percent of Its Buildings Affected by Hurricane Sandy

The New York City Housing Authority has successfully restored power, heat and water to all buildings affected by Hurricane Sandy.  NYCHA has also restored elevator service to all buildings that were impacted by the storm, or 679 of 699 impacted elevators.  The remaining elevators will be in service over the next few days. 

NYCHA installed over 100 generators and over 24 temporary boilers brought in from across the country to provide essential services to public housing residents. The Housing Authority utilized thousands of employees and hundreds of contractors, and partnered with utility companies and agencies from the City, state and federal government to restore the services. While all electricity, heat, and hot water have been restored, some residents in the impacted buildings will occasionally experience service disruptions as generators are disconnected and buildings are re-connected to utility power, and as a result of ongoing maintenance of the approximately 24 temporary boilers providing heat and hot water to impacted buildings.

NYCHA will have extra resources in place for as long as necessary to ensure that any disruptions are kept to a minimum. If residents experience service disruptions, they should call the NYCHA Customer Contact Center at 718-707-7771.


"The restoration of power, heat and hot water is a huge achievement for NYCHA staff who have been working around the clock to bring these services back to our residents," said NYCHA Chairman John B. Rhea. "We recognize that this has been an extremely difficult period of time for residents, as the unprecedented damage from Hurricane Sandy destroyed entire electrical and heating systems throughout NYCHA. Our staff, assisted by hundreds of contract workers, labored tirelessly to bring essential services back to every public housing resident impacted by the storm as quickly as possible.  I want to express my appreciation for the incredible patience and support shown by NYCHA residents during this period."


After Hurricane Sandy hit, there were 402 buildings without electricity and 386 buildings without heat and hot water affecting approximately 80,000 residents, and all have been restored to service. These buildings  systems experienced extensive corrosive damage to their boilers and electrical distribution equipment as a result of flooding from the storm.