New York City is starting to slowly recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, a week after ripping into the Eastern coast.
Damage ranges from minor disruptions in school and work loss to horrific destruction to neighborhoods closest to the tidal effects of the storms rising waters.
Casey Neistat of hilarious bike theft and bike lane video fame spent four hours in the height of the storm on bicycle, capturing incredible footage of lower Manhattan.
He received $500 for his footage from an Al Gore project and used themoney to buy clothing for hurricane victims on Staten Island. He documented the experience and gave us a glimpse of the forgotten borough and how destroyed it was.
There has been a huge outpouring of donations and volunteering especially in Red Hook Brooklyn and the Rockaways.
Many people were able to donate their time and arrive in decimated areas by bicycle.
Here is just one of many crews who rode out to the Rockaways over the weekend.
Meanwhile after closed subways, long gas lines and things like this:
Bike paths and bridges were flooded with bike commuters who hopefully people found it a fast and safe way to get to work.
Transportation Alternatives positioned themselves at various bridge path entrances providing maps, lights and hot coffee.
It was great to get a glimpse at what life could be like in NYC if people choose to cycle commute on a regular basis.
TA has a whole web page dedicated as a resource for #bikesandy.
With maps, tips and a gallery of tons of New Yorkers hitting the pedals.
Need a bike of your own? Time’s Up has a whole fleet of recycled bikes ready to go for around $160.
There kept at their Brooklyn space at 99 South 6th St.
Here is an article:
Worrying about what Monday morning commute will look like tomorrow? Many New Yorkers are – but not Time’s Up!
“Time’s Up! will open their Williamsburg space at 7am Monday & Tuesday with affordable Dutch-style bikes ready for the morning commute”
What does this mean for NYC, we will let them tell you:
“Volunteers from Time’s Up!, a non-profit Environmental Group, are working day & night fixing recycled affordable Dutch-style bikes ($140 & up) to have available for stranded commuters getting to work Monday morning.
WHEN: Monday, 11/5 and Tuesday 11/6, 7:00 am – 10:00 am
WHERE: 99 South 6th Street, Williamsburg, around the corner from the pedestrian entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge
Read more: here.
Meanwhile, Time’s Up was providing power in the East Village by homemade bike powered generators and were able to charge thousands of local residents cell phones.
Here is the story:
Lower Manhattan Power Outage Brought Community Together To Help Needy Residents
Time’s Up New York
“I built these bikes for the Occupy Wall Street protests,” bicycle mechanic and Time’s Up New York volunteer Keegan Stephans said. The bicycle-powered generators he built were originally used to bring power to people in Zuccotti Park. After police broke up the protests, Stephens wasn’t sure the bikes would ever be used again, but kept them in the back of his Rivington Street bicycle repair shop next to ABC No Rio.
After the storm, the bikes were back and generating pedal power courtesy of Time’s Up New York. The “direct action environmental group” set up two stations in Lower Manhattan, one on Rivington Street and another at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space. Volunteers pedalled to power 20 or 25 cellphones at a time for local residents badly in need of a way to communicate.
Read more: here.