The Day | Stuy Town Almost Fully Restored, Hour-Long Waits to Vote

polls Polling station at 331 East 12th Street.

Good morning, East Village, and happy election day.

Seems lines at poll sites (you can locate yours here) are rivaling gas lines: a tipster at the polling station at 331 East 12th Street said she waited 55 minutes to vote due to a “chaotic” system with “poorly though-out lines.” On Twitter, Steve Unwin writes, “The people running NYC’s 36th district polls in the east village are confused and poorly organized. People are leaving out of anger.” Becky Carella reported a 70 minute wait.

The MTA tweets dramatic photos of water being pumped out of the L train tunnel. [Flickr]

The transportation authority said it would run additional B62 buses as an alternative to the L and G trains. [MTA/Twitter]

As expected, lines were long during this morning’s commute. [NY Post]

“The Northeast is now bracing for a potentially dangerous northeaster expected to bring rain, punishing winds and high tides that could add to the misery of residents still reeling from Hurricane Sandy and set back the restoration of power.” [NY Times]

Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town has announced that power has been restored to all of its buildings except 6 and 8 Peter Cooper Road and 440 East 23rd Street, which are expected to receive electricity by this evening. [PCVST]

According to a letter to customers left in the East Village, Con Ed is still working to restore steam service by Nov. 11. [The Lo-Down]

The PATH train resumed limited service this morning. [PATH]

Some East Villagers aren’t seeking help despite being without heat in the cold temperatures. [WNYC]

Sutra is having a donation drive for the families of the Lower Eastside Girls Club. Supplies will be accepted from 1 p.m. to 4 a.m. at 16 First Avenue. [Sutra]

Nightlife spots like Eastern Bloc have reopened, but customers aren’t exactly beating down the door. [NY Times]

“As hurricane-driven waters surged into New York University research buildings in Kips Bay, on the East Side of Manhattan, investigators in New York and around the world jumped on the phone to offer assistance — executing a reverse Noah’s ark operation, to rescue lab animals and other assets from a flooding vessel.’ [NY Times]

The city has approved $85.4 million in emergency contracts to repair damage from Sandy. [NY Times]

Frozen food products were still in short supply yesterday. “Jeff Lawrence, 28, checked three stores for a gallon of milk on his walk from the Lower East Side to his apartment in the East Village, before locating one at Houston Village Farm at First Avenue and East 4th Street.” [DNA Info]

Big Gay Ice Cream reopened and gave away half of its sales to the damaged Ali Forney Center in Chelsea. [Gothamist]

The Beagle is donating $1 from every cocktail sold this week. [The Beagle/Twitter]

Finally, here’s a slideshow telling the stories of East Villagers and Lower East Siders like Pastor Rick Del Rio of Abounding Grace Ministries, Chris Scansaroli of Billy Hurricanes, and others who weathered the storm. [Weather Channel]