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December 22, 2012

Crowdfunding’s role in supporting Hurricane Sandy victims

  • $1.3M the amount raised by GoFundMe, over 320 individual campaigns totaling 14,000 individual donors, for Hurricane Sandy funding. ”There’s always going to be some sort of gap between when a storm or natural disaster or accident or tragedy happens and when larger organizations can step in and help, whether that’s an insurance company or FEMA or what have you,” said Brad Damphousse, the company’s CEO. “Our users get their money as it comes in, and donors know exactly where the money is going.” While not nearly at the level of the Red Cross ($300 million) or FEMA ($2 billion), the total is nonetheless impressive and proves that it works. source
13:40 // 1 year ago
November 12, 2012

wnyc:

This series of images from the U.S. Geological Survey documents coastal erosion in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The yellow arrows indicate the same point on each image. 

Images documenting the storm’s impact on the New Jersey coastline are here.

Wow. Dramatic changes.

11:45 // 1 year ago
November 7, 2012
A good thought from my friend Dave Beard, who suggests that Obama and Romney donate some of their leftover campaign money to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. What do you think? — Ernie @ SFB

A good thought from my friend Dave Beard, who suggests that Obama and Romney donate some of their leftover campaign money to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. What do you think? — Ernie @ SFB

13:16 // 1 year ago
November 4, 2012
Stop what you’re doing. Look at these photos. Buzzfeed’s Matt Stopera has gathered 60 photos of the destruction from Hurricane Sandy. It is worse than you think it is. Stopera’s only commentary — "These people need help"  — nails it.
(Above: Breezy Point, Queens. Photo by Spencer Platt / Getty Images)

Stop what you’re doing. Look at these photos. Buzzfeed’s Matt Stopera has gathered 60 photos of the destruction from Hurricane Sandy. It is worse than you think it is. Stopera’s only commentary — "These people need help"  — nails it.

(Above: Breezy Point, Queens. Photo by Spencer Platt / Getty Images)

19:54 // 1 year ago
We’ve been training for a year. I think they did the right thing by canceling it. But what else were we going to do? We wanted to run.
Runner Ola Lilja • Discussing why she took part in what was described as an “underground” marathon in NYC on Sunday, despite the fact that the city had cancelled the official one. Thousands showed up to race anyway, with all the makings of the race — including the finish line — set up and security guards playing a role in keeping everything in line. Not everyone took part — many runners instead chose to travel to Staten Island, which was devastated by the hurricane, to help out.
18:20 // 1 year ago
On Twitter today, Chris Christie reached out to Twitter super-user Justin Bieber for help promoting the New Jersey Sandy relief fund. He’s also sent similar messages to Bruce Springsteen, Piers Morgan, Danny DeVito, the Jonas Brothers and “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro in the past two hours. For what it’s worth, Bieber’s working on it. Are you? (ht Matthew Keys)

On Twitter today, Chris Christie reached out to Twitter super-user Justin Bieber for help promoting the New Jersey Sandy relief fund. He’s also sent similar messages to Bruce Springsteen, Piers Morgan, Danny DeVito, the Jonas Brothers and “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro in the past two hours. For what it’s worth, Bieber’s working on it. Are you? (ht Matthew Keys)

17:51 // 1 year ago
soupsoup:

90th St Station, Rockaways (at Rockaway Beach, NY)

soupsoup:

90th St Station, Rockaways (at Rockaway Beach, NY)

17:27 // 1 year ago
Please, I know sometimes people are reticent to take advantage of services. The cold really is something that is dangerous.
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg • In a plea to residents suffering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, encouraging them to work with the city to fight the cold. The city, citing temperatures falling to the 30s, recently opened warming shelters for those who needed to get out of the cold, and also handed out 25,000 blankets to people who chose to stay. 700,000 people in city are still without power.
13:02 // 1 year ago
November 3, 2012

Update: The slow recovery from Sandy — including power outages

  • 80% of the NYC subway system is working again, and Manhattan is reconnected with Brooklyn and Queens once more.
  • 5,800 Manhattan residents are still without power, though many residents regained power yesterday afternoon.
  • 2.4M other people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut still were waiting to get their power turned back on, but this number was declining. source
13:33 // 1 year ago
November 2, 2012

Welcome back, NYC power.

pbump:

The reaction on the Lower East Side when power came back on.

Via @thecultureofme

Based on the way Twitter reacted to the power returning, you got the feeling that this was happening all over NYC today. Glad to see this.

23:04 // 1 year ago