Hurricane Sandy Recovery
I am pleased to report that the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District staff is in the office, and despite the fact that our office internet is down, we have set up a mobile hotspot and are getting back to business. Most of our Clean Team has reported for duty and our Public Safety Officers are making their way to Lincoln Square. Our Green Keepers' crew from Goddard Riverside were also out first thing this morning.
On Sunday in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, our Clean Team and our Public Safety Officers got the district ready by securing all the garbage cans to the lightpoles; umbrellas were removed, and tables and chairs were secured. Thanks to Lincoln Center, we were able to make arrangements to store our three mobile information carousels. We did not expect any of the crews to come to work on Monday or Tuesday.
Richard Juliano, our VP or Operations, came in to the city in the late afternoon on Sunday and I was able to make arrangements for him to stay at the Empire Hotel. Richard checked the district throughout the day on Monday and yesterday I went over to assess the damage with him. There was debris everywhere, many tree limbs down both in the Broadway Malls and along the sidewalks, and very few businesses were open. Much to my pleasant surprise, our landscape company, Frank Bulfamante and Sons showed up with three trucks and approximately a dozen crew members and began removing debris, tree limbs, and blowing away the leaves starting at 60th Street. By the end of the day yesterday, they had removed all the downed branches, and all the debris that had blown around the district as well as the one large concrete planter in Richard Tucker Park that was totally destroyed. We are so pleased that Bulfamante brought out his crew because, frankly, the extent of this clean-up would have overwhelmed our Clean Team and Goddard Riverside crew.
Today, the district looks great, and most of our shops and restaurants are beginning to re-open. Hopefully, as mass transit is restored it will be business as usual in Lincoln Square.
We recognize that for many businesses Hurricane Sandy has had a devastating effect and that it may take days, if not weeks and months, to get back to normal. The City of New York, with the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, has coordinated a set of services, including information on emergency loans for small, mid and large sized businesses, to assist in recovering from Hurricane Sandy. While some of the information may not be applicable to your business, hopefully you will find it helpful and informative. Visit www.nyc.gov/sbs for more information.
Most buses are up and running and the resumption of subway service is expected to begin over the next few days. For up to date information about more recovery efforts, including transportation, please visit the City's Office of Emergency Management website at: www.nyc.gov/severeweather or call 311.
Please note this information is subject to change. If you need any information or would like our assistance, please do not hesitate to call us at 212. 581.3774. You can also visit www.lincolnsquarebid.org/news for updates.
Monica Blum, President
Lincoln Square BID
P.S. On the bright side, Winter's Eve is 26 days away and despite Hurricane Sandy will be the best ever. So please save Monday, November 26th and visit www.winterseve.org for the latest information.