The Latest: State Pledges $100M, Some Power Back Today, Free Food in East Village

hopeRemika Rajkitkul

Good morning, East Village.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said during a press conference this morning that the state has pledged to put $100 million into a fund for victims of Sandy and home repairs.

Power will be restored to the southeastern tip of Manhattan (below Frankfort Street and east of Broadway) by midnight tonight, according to Con Edison, but the rest of the 226,000 Manhattan customers without power will have to wait till tomorrow. [NY Times]

According to Governor Cuomo, a total of 1,252,171 New Yorkers are still without power. [Twitter]

The city updated its list of distribution centers this morning. In the East Village, you can get food and water from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on East 10th Street between Avenues C and D. [NYC]

Staten Island ferry service is expected to resume at noon today. The Times is maintaining a list of what’s running and what isn’t. [NY Times]

There were long lines for bus and East River ferry service this morning. [NY Times]

“With the unprecedented evacuation of every other hospital — Bellevue, NYU Langone, the Manhattan VA and New York Downtown — the Second Ave. medical center is at near full capacity, its floors and ER bursting, and its staff working double shifts.” [Daily News]

“The city’s health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Farley, defended the decision not to require evacuations of Bellevue, Coney Island and NYU Langone hospitals before the storm, which he said had been made in consultation with the state health commissioner, Dr. Nirav Shah.” [NY Times]

“Scores of seniors are stranded in Stuy Town — and they’re desperate for medication, heat and electricity.” [Daily News]

The Bowery Mission has posted a list of current needs. [Bowery Mission]

The Lo-Down has another list of volunteer needs and opportunities. [Lo-Down]

East Village resident Amaris Perez, with her seven-year-old daughter Leyla, resorted to diving into the dumpster of Key Foods. [Buzzfeed]

Zackary Mach describes how Alphabet City Beer Co. survived the flood: “Neighbors and business owners were congregating and making plans. Chefs were coordinating neighborhood cookouts to feed locals for free. Groups are gathered around a battery-powered radio listening to updates from 1010 WINS.” [Forbes]

Halloween night was eerily quiet in the East Village and Lower East Side. Customers were “few and far between”: “anyone who wanted to party had gone uptown, said [owner Ignacio Carballido]. Meanwhile, food was rotting in the powerless fridge and none of the restaurant’s purveyors had delivered since the weekend. All in all, the storm was costing the restaurant $4,000 a day, Carballido said.” [Huffington Post]

Referring to the Lower East Side, the executive director of Henry Street Settlement says, “I won’t say it’s in good shape. As much as we’ve done it feels like a drop in the bucket.” [Wall Street Journal]

At Seward Park Coop, one tech-savvy young resident “created an open internet connection so everyone nearby can check their email and connect with people online.” [Capital NY]

Elsewhere at the complex, a dozen volunteers made the round, checking on seniors and others in need. [Bowery Boogie]

Num Pang and Northern Spy Food Co. are among the restaurants that fed their neighbors for free. [Eater]

David Chang of Momofuku appeared on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and mentioned a trio of fundraisers for the Red Cross. [Grub Street] Find out more about “Buns for Charity” on Twitter.

Crif Dogs has been able to keep serving hot dogs thanks to two generators in the backyard, but the neighbors aren’t happy about it. “They had the cops here today,” said Brian Shebairo. “I said, I know I’m making noise and the second the lights go on the generators are going away.” [Grub Street]

Veselka Bowery is doing deviled eggs today. [Twitter]

Rickshaw Dumplings, Wafels & Dinges, and other trucks are giving away free food at Astor Place today. [Twitter] There will also be a giveaway at Tompkins Square Park. [Twitter]

The Cardinal will be serving up free spaghetti today at 1 p.m. [Twitter]

The Whole Foods at Union Square has reopened. [Twitter]

Union Square Greenmarket and the Public Theater remain closed. [TwitterTwitter]

“The State Board of Elections has approved an extension of the Absentee Ballot deadline for all voters in the state from October 30th to November 2nd.” [NY State]

Lower East Side Pickle Day has been rescheduled to Nov. 4. The organizers tell us, “This difficult decision certainly left us in a pickle, but we had to consider vendor and attendee safety first.”

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