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Thanks to the Brooklyn News for pointing out the erroneous email the DOT sent out regarding parking meters tomorrow:

Earlier today the New York City Dept. of Transportation sent out an email that parking meters will be suspended tomorrow, Nov 7th. However, that is not the case, it took the DOT 2 hours to realize they made a mistake in their email blast. DOT has sent a second email confirming PARKING METERS ARE IN EFFECT tomorrow.

Source: Google Maps

After bearing the brunt of Hurricane Sandy, New York is yet again preparing for a storm. Though meteorologists say that the nor’easter may be weaker than first expected, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has still decided to close city parks and beaches. He’s also stated that he will attempt to evacuate some residents in low-lying areas.

“Even though this is not anywhere near as strong as Sandy, or even strong enough to get us to evacuate in normal circumstances, we are going to ask a few people to go to higher ground,” Bloomberg said to the New York Daily News.

For those still recovering from Sandy, another storm is a frightening prospect. Heavy rain is due to start Wednesday and continue through Thursday. It may snow as well.

“I can’t believe it. We don’t even have heat and now we have snow. I am scared to stay in my apartment,” said a resident of the Surfside Gardens Housing Project at West 31st Street in Coney Island, an area that was hard hit by Sandy and is still without electricity or heat.
Red Cross put out some advice on how to prepare for a possible nor’easter here. Please take a look and if you know someone in a building complex without heat, consider opening your home to them for the time being.

Source: council.nyc.gov

Councilman Domenic Recchia will be joining Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to create and manage the Brooklyn Recovery Fund, a fiscal response for those battered by Hurricane Sandy.

The Brooklyn Recovery Fund collect donations and and distribute donations among communities that need it most after Sandy.

Thus far, the Brooklyn Community Foundation, Forest City Ratner Companies, the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays Center donated $100,000, for a total of $400,000.

“Hurricane Sandy made a devastating impact on Brooklyn, one that unfortunately is going to have a long-lasting impact on our friends, neighbors, and communities. I am proud to join the efforts of the Brooklyn Community Foundation in establishing the Brooklyn Recovery Fund to help provide aid to those in our community who need it most,” said Recchia to BrooklynNews.com.

Anyone interested in donating to the Brooklyn Recovery Fund can do so at www.BrooklynRecoveryFund.org. 100 percent of every donation will go to supporting Brooklynites in need after Sandy.

Please be advised of the following District 21 schools have rescheduled open houses:

  • I.S. 228 – David A. Boody – 228 Avenue S – 718-375-7635 – Thursday November 15th – 9am-11am and 5:30-8:30pm
  • Kingsborough Early College Secondary School – 2630 Benson Avenue – 718-333-7850 – Thursday November 15th 6:30-8:30pm
  • Brooklyn Studio Secondary School will be having another open house. That date has not yet been determined.

A shelter volunteer has given the following update regarding the FDR shelter location (20th Avenue and 58th Street): Evacuees will be relocated throughout today to different locations because school is due to start on Wednesday.

Volunteers are needed to help in the relocating process. This includes, but is not limited to, assisting city workers with Russian translations in filling out FEMA forms for the elderly and helping ease the transition of those moving from the shelter.

Also, clothing is discouraged as it takes up too much manpower to sort through. However, large and extra large sizes will still be accepted. Heavy coats and jackets are needed too. As well as new undergarments, socks, and baby clothes and supplies.

If you’ve been wondering about the various city services in the area such as sanitation pickups, here’s your guide to what’s been happening in the hood, according to Brooklyn Community Board 11′s District Manager, Marnee Elias-Pavia.

SANITATION

Though they are a bit backlogged, DSNY is making all collections. Some pickups are behind, while other trucks may be making pickups with greater frequency. All in all, they’re in the area and picking up your trash.

STREET CLEANING
All street cleaning is suspended

MTA
Buses and trains are running as per the MTA guidelines, however, expect delays and overcrowding.

TREE REMOVAL
The parks department has been working to remove dangerous fallen trees. Now, they are awaiting wood pickup.

NYPD
There is a heavy presence of officers around the area to ensure safety.

GAS
Gas stations continue to have lines. The latest station to offer gas is at 86th Street and Bay 7th. This was early this morning and they may have ran out of gas by now.

CAESAR’S BAY
Structural engineers have been called to assess the damage to Toys “R” Us and the other stores affected by the storm. No further information is available at this time.

SHORE PARKWAY PROMENADE
Due to the hazardous conditions there on the bike path and foot path, residents are asked to stay away from the area until it can be assessed for safety.

Hey voters, with just 24-hours left before you are set to cast your ballot, here is another wrench that may be thrown in your plans: Your polling station may have change due to it becoming an emergency shelter.

Though it seems that none in our immediate area have been affected, check the list if you are registered to vote anywhere in the Brighton Beach, Sheepshead Bay vicinity.

For a full list of polling station changes click here.

If you are an business that has been impacted by Hurricane Sandy and in need of space, supplies or other services in the aftermath of this natural disaster, take a look at the listings this page and contact the owners or managers of the companies who have generously offered donations to businesses struggling because of the storm.

Little by little service is being restored to various subway and bus lines so you can get to work just a bit easier. However, please be aware that MTA officials are saying that commuters should leave earlier due to crowding as people return to work and because of the gas shortages, as well as limited service on trains.

Here’s your Monday MTA commute information post-Sandy:

  •  Q train is runs to Ditmars Boulevard in Queens from Kings Highway and back.
  • 2, 3, 4, 5 runs from Brooklyn to Manhattan and back.
  • D, F, J, N and M trains run from Brooklyn to Manhattan and back.
  • R trains will run to Jay Street/MetroTech. For Manhattan-bound trains, transfer at Atlantic Avenue/Barclays Center for the 2, 3, 4, 5, D or N, at DeKalb Avenue for the Q, or at 9th Street for the F.

“Bus bridges” at Barclays Center and Jay Street are no longer in service.

Buses are said to have resumed their normal routes, with delays.

Photo by Elle Spektor

Bensonhurst seems to be up-and-running without any major issues. While the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy can still be seen, the spirit, energy and work ethic of the community is back and better than ever.

Restaurants, coffee houses, banks, supermarkets, retail stores and even gyms are now open. Though some report limited hours for the remainder of the work week, the must-haves (Bally Total Fitness, Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts and the retail outlets on the 86th Street strip) have reopened their doors.

Still, fallen trees and scattered debris marked several paths in the neighborhood. Bay Parkway, 18th Avenue and Shore Parkway were littered with broken trees and collapsed branches. It seemed as though residential properties, especially those situated near Caesar’s Bay, suffered more than other commercial entities. Some, like the Luxury Southampton Apartment Complex of 20th Avenue and Shore Parkway, flooded with close to two feet of water. Building managers spent much of Tuesday afternoon pumping water out of their lobby and assisting first floor residents, many of whom had their apartments flood, too.

Another issue reported by locals was the lack of cellphone service for those with Verizon wireless. After a disruption with a Verizon tower, some residents lost wireless reception Tuesday afternoon. Verizon wireless service came back up in Bensonhurst a little after 10 p.m. Wednesday night.

And despite several broken store signs and a number of unfortunate vehicles having been toppled by trees, the general consensus seems to be that this neighborhood was extremely lucky and came out of Sandy damaged, but unscarred.