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1:21 PM, November 30th, 2012

nationalpost:

‘Secret Santa’ storms through Sandy-battered New York handing $100 bills to strangers
A wealthy Missouri man posing as “Secret Santa” stunned New Yorkers, handing $100 bills to many in Staten Island who had lost everything to Superstorm Sandy.

The Kansas City businessman is giving away $100,000 this holiday season, and spent the day in New Jersey and New York giving away thousands. But he says money is not the issue.

“The money is not the point at all,” said the anonymous benefactor on Thursday as he walked up to surprised Staten Island residents and thrust crisp bills into their hands. “It’s about the random acts of kindness. I’m just setting an example, and if 10 per cent of the people who see me emulate what I’m doing, anybody can be a Secret Santa!” (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

File under people doing nice things for other people. 

Reblogged from National Post
1:01 PM, November 28th, 2012

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A Tale of Two Holidays in Sandy’s Aftermath

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, except in places ravaged by superstorm Sandy. While most people have recovered from the hurricane’s devastating winds and storm surge, pockets of New York and New Jersey are still reeling from the damage. Thousands have been displaced from their homes and lost everything with the storm. Yet, the extravagant holiday decorating continues apace in New York City. The Daily Beast looks at the disparity between the haves and have nots this holiday season.

Above, clockwise from top left:

Kathy Kmonicek / AP: A woman looks at a pair of jeans amongst the pile of clothing in front of Long Beach city hall donated for victims of Superstorm Sandy, November 6, 2012.

Peter Foley, Bloomberg / Getty Images: Women browse handbags at a Macy’s Inc. store in New York on Black Friday, November 23, 2012.

Mark Lennihan / AP Photo: Christmas decorations, salvaged from the charred remains of a home, are shown in Breezy Point, Queens, November 13, 2012.

Don Emmert / Getty Images: Christmas decorations are displayed at a Walmart store in Norwalk, Connecticut, November 17, 2012 .

Some powerful contrasts here.

Reblogged from Picture Dept
12:59 PM, November 2nd, 2012
sunfoundation:

Be a Hurricane Sandy Disaster Response Geographer (while never leaving your computer)

Many thanks to Schuyler Erle from Humanitarian OpenStreetMap and Patrick Meier of iRevolution for creating and sharing this tool. FEMA needs help in identifying and categorizing areas in New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts which need help due to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.  Erle and his team have created a tool using post-hurricane Civil Air Patrol photos to allow for crowd sourced rankings of damage to buildings and the natural environment.  The main portal is here while a backup mirror can be accessed here. The directions are detailed but easy to understand.  One ranks the damage as light, moderate, or heavy.


If this is what I think it is, really cool!

sunfoundation:

Be a Hurricane Sandy Disaster Response Geographer (while never leaving your computer)

Many thanks to Schuyler Erle from Humanitarian OpenStreetMap and Patrick Meier of iRevolution for creating and sharing this tool.

FEMA needs help in identifying and categorizing areas in New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts which need help due to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.  Erle and his team have created a tool using post-hurricane Civil Air Patrol photos to allow for crowd sourced rankings of damage to buildings and the natural environment.  The main portal is here while a backup mirror can be accessed here.

The directions are detailed but easy to understand.  One ranks the damage as light, moderate, or heavy.

If this is what I think it is, really cool!

Reblogged from Capital New York
10:44 AM, November 1st, 2012

“Soon, with the constant waves crashing against the building, I could see the floor getting wet and the water rising,” Walentas said. “The only lights were in the carousel building. Then at 10:30 they started to flicker. And I said, ‘oh no.’”

Jane Walentas spent 30 years restoring a carousel, then watched as it was almost washed away by Hurricane Sandy. Almost

10:41 PM, October 30th, 2012

hragv:

Williamsburg bridge. Brooklyn on left, Manhattan on right, and the lights stop directly in the middle of the bridge. Manhattan is still dark. (at North 5th St Pier)

Reblogged from annie werner
5:04 PM, October 30th, 2012
Weaving through the jungle of wailing ambulances on 1st Avenue was a bright-eyed young dad, light-blue bassinet in tow. Amid worried NYPD, paramedics, nurses, and doctors, he glowed. As the new dad rushed by the guards to make it inside, onlookers offered encouragement. “Wow, heck of a day to have a baby!” one man yelled. “Actually, I’m lucky,” the new father shouted back, “bringing him home.”
Babies are born during hurricanes too. Our report from NYU’s Tisch hospital
3:36 PM, October 30th, 2012

mildlyamused:

Mother Nature apologizes for Sandy’s wrath with an amazing double rainbow display over New York.

Sources: Top, Left, Right, Bottom

Reblogged from The Daily
2:52 PM, October 30th, 2012

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lonelywerewolfgirl:

I JUST

ACTUAL SUPERHERO CORY BOOKER

I bust this quote out in the aftermath of any and all scary things that happen in this world because it’s true.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” ― Fred Rogers

It’s not just Mayor Booker either. It’s the team he has with him. The firefighters, EMS, police, and other first responders in Newark and beyond who were busy through last night and most likely haven’t rested much today. And many, most likely, are volunteers doing this all without pay. Those are the helpers Mr. Rogers talked about. They are our heroes.

(Source: werewolfqueens)

Reblogged from apsies
2:43 PM, October 30th, 2012

Searching for “Hurricane Heroes”

newsweek:

Hi guys. We’re hoping to get to know the people or groups who really stepped up in an effort to help their friends, family, neighbors, and fellow citizens during the worst of Hurricane Sandy. Have you heard any stories of extraordinary bravery these past 24 hours? If so, will you nominate a hero?

Answer here.

Reblogged from Newsweek
2:26 PM, October 30th, 2012

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winstonwolfe:

Medical workers assist a patient into an ambulance during an evacuation of New York University’s Tisch Hospital, on October 29, 2012. The hospital is moving out more than 200 patients after its backup generator failed when the power was knocked out by Sandy. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo) 

How do you even begin to say thank you?

Again, heroes.

Heroes from Hurricane Sandy.

Reblogged from apsies
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