Peter King, a Republican congressman from New York, has gone on an epic tirade against members of his own party for failing to pass a Senate package that would provide $60 billion in relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Joe Biden visited Seaside Heights today and took in the damaged boardwalk with the city’s mayor. Photo by Andrew Grossman.
This is what happens when publicists send us books and galleys hoping for reviews and then a hurricane renders us homeless for two weeks. This is what happens.
[Photos by deputy books editor Jimmy So]
When Hurricane Sandy knocked nearly all of Hoboken, New Jersey straight off the power grid for a few days, 11-year-old Lucy Walkowiak—whose power stayed on throughout the storm—stepped up and did something totally awesome. She built a popup Internet cafe!
(Her father, Steve, helped. He works here at Newsweek.)
Lucy joined Good Morning America via Skype (!), whose hosts gave a nice big round of applause, to say, “I was just happy to help all of the people without power in my community, because so many people don’t have power, and we were one of the lucky ones.” She explained she just wanted to help people charge up their electronics so they could contact their loved ones and keep in touch with the world.
Lucy = today’s nwktumblr spirit animal.
[Photo via Here I Am]
The Marathon has been an integral part of New York City’s life for 40 years and is an event tens of thousands of New Yorkers participate in and millions more watch. While holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, it is clear that it has become the source of controversy and division. The marathon has always brought our city together and inspired us with stories of courage and determination. We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it.
We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event - even one as meaningful as this - to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track. The New York Road Runners will have additional information in the days ahead for participants.”
Only unofficial volunteer aid is reaching the poorest victims of Sandy; official aid organizations aren’t showing up.
“The lights are still out for a quarter of a million people in Lower Manhattan, and things are getting dangerous. But cell phones and social media are enabling an entirely self-organized recovery effort that is showing up where FEMA, the Red Cross, and the city are not.”
Marlon Allen, like everybody else in the New York City area, just wants some gas.
If you work with somebody who commuted into Manhattan from Brooklyn this morning, go give them a hug.
Coney Island resident Irene Sarafanov, who grew up in Kiev, Ukraine, some 40 miles from the site of the worst nuclear disaster in history. The iconic Brooklyn beachfront neighborhood was hit hard.