Meanwhile Right Here

Joe Coscarelli at New York has compiled this week’s hurricane recovery updates into one very nice, very readable post. The short version of his short version: Things are crap.

One City, Two Storms

Two views of Hurricane Sandy.

Making a Living Cutting Hair, Before and After Sandy

How to make a living cutting hair after your salon is closed for a week.

Sandy’s Secret Santa

A mysterious and wealthy good Samaritan visited the most devastated regions hit by Sandy and started handing out $100 bills!

Junk Bonds Great Investment Opportunity (For the Neighborhood)

How a restaurant is raising money after the hurricane.

Donations From Marathon Just Stalled A Little Bit, We’re Sure, Right?

“Stashed near the finish line of the canceled marathon yesterday were 20 heaters, tens of thousands of Mylar ‘space’ blankets, jackets, 106 crates of apples and peanuts, at least 14 pallets of bottled water and 22 five-gallon jugs of water.” — I know logistics are hard and transpo is hard and turning something from a business expense to a donation is hard AND SO ON AND SO FORTH but someone really needs to GET ON THIS.

Depending on Government in an Emergency No Fun, Turns Out

You know what sounds EXTREMELY NOT FUN? Being at the mercy of the NYC emergency shelter system! Being moved from schools to armories to hotels in the middle of the night! Maybe or maybe not getting food assistance! This NYT article about the mess ends with an 11-year-old girl asking her father, who lost his home for his family of seven and his business to support them in the storm, “Daddy, don’t you hate your life?”

Médecins Sans Frontières Doing What They Do Best

Doctors Without Borders—which usually provides emergency medical help in disaster and post-conflict areas like Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Chechnya, and Libya—is doing work on American soil for the first time in its 40-year history in the still very much devastated Far Rockaways.

Superstorm Sandy’s Economic Impact on Hourly Workers

The most economically impacted by the storm are the people who barely scrape a living on a day-to-day basis: Hourly workers.