Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Some pictures and video from Sandy

There have been many, many pictures and videos taken through Sandy. But the most important pictures and videos, in my opinion, are either the flodding of the MTA or the shock felt round Lower Manhattan.




This video is of the damage done at the South Ferry and Whitehall Street Stations (Courtesy: MTA)





This video is of the MTA driving, -as far as they could-, into the tunnel that connects Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn (Courtesy: MTA)



And this video is the most troubling. It's also the reason my Lower Manhattan is dark~ and will be for several more days.


 
This is the flooding at the 148th Street Station in Harlem.
 
 

This is the flooding at the Gravesand 86th Street station in Brooklyn.


MAYOR BLOOMBERG UPDATES NEW YORKERS ON CITY RESPONSE TO HURRICANE SANDY (this morning)

The following are Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's remarks as delivered this morning at the Office of Emergency Management in Downtown Brooklyn:


“Once again, Lydia Callis is signing for us, and thank you. We’re joined by Senator Chuck Schumer and Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and we’re here to update you on Hurricane Sandy which has now officially left the New York City area. But I think it’s fair to say the path of destruction that she left in her wake is going to be felt for quite some time.

“Make no mistake about it, this was a devastating storm, maybe the worst that we have ever experienced.

“Our first responders have been doing a heroic job protecting our city and saving lives – and they are still fighting fires and conducting live-saving search and rescue missions. We owe them an enormous debt of gratitude.

“The storm brought something like 23 serious fires to parts of Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, as well as City Island and the Bronx.

“The terrible fire on Breezy Point is now under control, but we believe we lost more than 80 houses. The search and recovery operations there are ongoing. If any of you saw the pictures on television it looked like a forest fire out in the Midwest. The winds were just devastating, blowing from one building to the next one, and those buildings were close together.

“We are hoping and praying that there was no loss of life in those fires, but even if we can save every life we know that many people have lost their homes. I want them to know that they have our full support in the days and weeks ahead.

“The 76 shelters we opened will remain open today – and we will continue to keep shelters open until people displaced by the storm can safely return to their homes or find temporary housing.

“Our first priority in this storm was – and continues to be – protecting lives. That’s why we ordered an evacuation of the areas most at-risk, and why we worked so hard to get people out.

“Sadly, this storm claimed the lives of people throughout the region, including at least 10 in our city – and tragically we expect that number to go up as information continues to come in.

“I did want to extend my condolences to all the families who lost loved ones in the storm, and ask all New Yorkers to keep them in their thoughts and prayers.

“In addition to the lives we lost, the damage we suffered across the city is clearly extensive – and it will not be repaired overnight. The two biggest challenges facing our city going forward are getting our mass transit system up and running and restoring power.

“This morning we have begun the work of clearing and reopening bridges and roadways – both of which will take some time, and the best way New Yorkers can help us get this done quickly is to stay off the roads.

“The work is well under way. East River bridges have already been reopened. The work of getting our mass transit grid and our power grid restored, however, is going to take more time and a lot of patience.

“MTA CEO Joe Lhota has described this as the worst disaster the agency has seen in the 108 years the subways have been running. And Con Ed has described the damage done to its power systems as unprecedented in scope.

“So clearly – the challenges our city faces in the coming days are enormous.

“The MTA and Con Ed both have strong leaders and extraordinarily dedicated workers. They are working extremely hard – and they will be working around the clock to get their systems fixed.

“Our Administration will move heaven and earth to help them so we can get back up and running as quickly as humanly possible. But the damages that they face really are enormous.

“Here’s the information that we have as of this moment regarding Con Ed and the MTA: The most recent report has approximately three-quarters of a million New Yorkers without power. There are something like 326 buildings in 59 public housing developments without power. That’s about 60,000 people in more than 26,000 apartments. And many of them are in Zone A.

“The steam system in Manhattan south of 42nd Street was shut down as a preventive step by Con Ed. That affects heating, air conditioning, ventilation systems, including many of our hospitals. Because they shut it down preemptively, we’re hopeful that the steam system can be restored fairly soon. I spoke to Con Ed CEO Kevin Burke to offer any assistance we can provide. We will talk to him again later on, but I think it is fair to say that you should expect given the extent of the damage, power may be out in lots of places for two or three days, and maybe even a little bit longer than that.

“There is extensive flooding in all under-river subway tunnels. Subway yards where rail trains are typically stored also flooded, and I think that shows the wisdom of Joe Lhota in moving trains out of there to higher ground. I don’t think there was any damage done to the rolling stock, but the tunnels all flooded and that’s going to be a big problem to get them back going.

“Public transportation remains closed until further notice is a good way to think about it. There is no firm timeline for the reactivation of bus or train service, but I’m sure the MTA will do everything it can to have limited bus service, perhaps this afternoon, and hopefully we’ll be able to announce, or Joe Lhota will be able to announce, restoration of most bus service by tomorrow. We certainly think the roads by tomorrow will be clear and free of water.

“All major airports serving the metro area are closed today. Runways are flooded and there are no flights leaving or arriving. How much damage was done to the navigation equipment and lighting around them we don’t know yet. To help

“To help people get around, I have signed an Executive Order that permits cab drivers to pick up multiple passengers, even if a passenger is already in the cab. It will also allow livery and black cars to pick up passengers off the street anywhere in the city. These measures will be in place as long as MTA service is out. If you use one of these cars, please make sure the car has a TLC license plate.

“Now let me bring you up to date on our hospitals. We reported last night that NYU- Downtown and the Manhattan Veterans’ Affairs Hospitals were closed. NYU Langone also had to be evacuated overnight. That is virtually complete.

“Bellevue hospital has lost power, but at the moment is operating on backup power.

“Coney Island Hospital has been evacuated. The Department of Health is sending people to each of the hospitals and chronic care facilities in Zone A. We’ve had significant challenges at many of our hospitals and health care facilities. Fortunately, as of now there has been no storm related fatalities at any them.

“There are more than 6,100 people in our emergency shelters, and I’m happy to say there are more than 2,200 city staff working in those shelters right now.

“A number of our shelters lost power last night, but we were able to get backup generators to those that didn’t have one.

“We’ve received almost 4,000 tree service requests since the storm began – those are for damaged or fallen trees. The majority of those are in Queens.

“Let me just urge everybody: 311 for downed trees, please. Or text 311 to report damaged trees. They represent a real and serious danger, and we’ve seen very tragic proof of that today.

“Yesterday a partially damaged at a site on West 57th Street required evacuation of the immediate vicinity. The Department of Buildings has determined that the crane is currently stable, however we can’t fully secure the crane until the wind dies down. The procedure there, when the winds die down, will be to try to get the boom and strap it to the building, and then we could reopen the streets, and then over a period of time the contracting company will have to figure out a way to build a new crane on top and take that one down.

“Schools, as you know, are closed today. And I’m announcing they will also be closed tomorrow.

“As to City employees, here’s what we’ve told them: New Yorkers need your help today. Working for the City, we have an obligation to help others. If your office is open and if you can safely – and I repeat safely – get to work, please do so. If your office is closed and you can safely report to a shelter to assist with operations, please do so.

“For example, all HRA centers are open for the people who need to access benefits, including replacement food and stamp vouchers for people who lost food as a result of the storm. In addition, we are beginning to reach out to small businesses to help them recover their business and stay in business.

“311 has long waiting times right now, so please use 311 online or text 311. Verizon had some problems with their lines, but we’ve managed to keep some of the 311 lines open.

“911 has been going without a hitch. Delays got up to five minutes, last time I checked they were minimal. But 911 has to be reserved only for life-threatening things, not for a tree, please. We’ve just got to make sure that if somebody has a real emergency we can get to them.

“And in terms of real emergencies, if you see a power line down, don’t go near it. We’ve had some people killed for stepping in a puddle where a power line had also touched the water.

“We expected an unprecedented storm impact here in New York City, and that’s what we got. So while the worst of the storm has passed, conditions are still dangerous. I just can’t stress that enough.

“We will have some coastal flooding in effect today until about 3 pm. We’ll update you if that changes.

“But stay away from the parks. They’re all closed. Don’t go near damaged trees, beaches, boardwalks or seawalls. People have lost their lives. I know it’s fun to look and it’s fun to challenge nature, but nature is an awful lot more powerful than we are and we just don’t need any more fatalities.

“That’s a recap of where we are. Our two biggest challenges going forward will be getting our transit system and power grid up and running, and we’ll do everything humanly possible to assist the MTA and Con Ed in doing that.

“This morning, we continue to focus on live-saving operations – not only fighting fires, but protecting our hospitals and nursing homes.

“But we will get through the days ahead by doing what we always do in tough times, by standing together shoulder to shoulder ready to help a neighbor, comfort a stranger, and get the city we love back on its feet.

“I will continue to update you throughout the day. Later in the day I’ll be serving some of the areas where there’s the most severe damage.

Hurricane Sandy makes lasting impact

By Brandon Julien reporting from New York, and Khadijah Farrell reporting from Elizabeth, New Jersey


It's going to be a while before the tri-state area gets back on it's feet.

Hurricane Sandy brought everything that everybody, including meterologists and officials feared. Driving rains, record surges, and howling winds. But Sandy also gave us everything that we never wanted, nor needed: flooding in Lower Manhattan which led to the flodding of all 7 major subway tunnels, widespread power outages, and evacuations at the worst time.

As of 7pm, here are the latest numbers: There are 2 million people without power in New Jersey, about 627,000 in New York City (with most of those outages in lower Manhattan), about 878,000 outages on Long Island, about 183,000 outages in Westchester, and about 592,100 outages in Connecticut. So if my math is correct, we have about 4.3 million people without electricity.

And even as i'm filing this report, more and new information keeps coming in. So here's the latest:
  • As of tomorrow, trick-or-treating is still on, but the Halloween parade in Greenwich Village is canceled, but will be re-scheduled to sometime next week.
  • The ING NYC Marathon is still on for this Sunday, but marathon runners who can't make it this year are eligable to run in next year's marathon.
  • It will take a minimum of 3 days to pump out tunnels in NYC, while the WTC PATH Station could be closed for up to 2 weeks to clear all of the water out of the tunnels.
  • JFK Airport is most likely to be open tomorrow, but Newark is closed, and Laquardia is closed indefinetly.
  • The New York Stock Exchange is open tomorrow.

Here is just a sample of what happened during Sandy:
  • The Hudson River breeched it's banks over at 10th Avevue and 25th Street. WABC reporter Diana Williams also reported that power also went out to the area.
  • A ConEdison substation over at 14th Street and the FDR Drive exploded, leading to a blackout from Times Square to Battery Park City, river to river. Some of the power was shut off as a pre-caution as ConEdison did it to protect it's equipment.
  • A crane malfunctioned at 57th Street and 6th Avenue, causing it to dangle. Buildings have been evacuated in the area.

But as more information comes in, the situation just looks more and more grim.

New Jersey governor Chris Christie has said that the PATH system is going to take at the very least a week and a half to pump and clear the system out, while on NJ Transit, service has been "compromized" on every part of the system, but it will take quicker to fix.

New York City Transit, on the other hand, is a completely different story.

MTA head Joe Lhota has said that there is partial bus service as of 5PM, with close to full service tomorrow. It will though take several days to acess the subway system and the damage, so assume this formula is in play: No subway service=no school. Lhota also said that all 7 major tunnels hat connect Manhattan to Brooklyn or Queens are flooded, and are in the process of pumping out, but when he said this, i almost got a chill up my spine: "At the South Street Seaport station (Fulton St-Broadway Nassau), the water is up to the celing."

But the problems just don't end in New Yor or New Jersey.

In Long Island, about 900,000 people are without power. But as Kirsten Thorn from WABC reported from Bay Shore, Long Island,  not everywhere doesn't have power. She reported from a Dunkin Donuts where people were lined up and down the block to get in and get their donuts and coffee. And in Conneticut, where WABC reporter Joe Torres was reporting from Fairfield, you need a boat to get around.

Our field reporter Khadijah Farrell (the last time we had contact with her) told me that it was raining severly where she was in Elizabeth, New Jersey and that the wind was howling at least at 65 MPH. She also told me a story about a buisness that would stay open during Sandy so that people would come out to buy and eat his stuff after the storm.

Looks like we're officialy in for the long haul.

I'm Brandon Julien for Brandon J.'s News.

Storm hopes

Brandon J.'s News hopes that everyone is safe during Hurricane Sandy.

None of our equipment was damaged during the storm, and we plan to have a full report later this afternoon.

Stay tuned.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Storm Update

As of 7pm, there is no NYC Subway, Metro-North, or LIRR service.
As of 9pm, there is no MTA bus service.
Suspension of Bridges and Tunnels will happen on a case-by-case basis.
Wall St. is closed tomorrow.

Nanny's family in Dominican Republic weeps over murder of Manhattan children

Here are some of the other news stories of the day:


Relatives of the nanny who allegedly killed two angelic children under her care on the Upper West Side were shattered by the loss of the kids they had loved like their own family.

Milaydys Ortega, sister of accused killer Yoselyn Ortega, was overcome with grief yesterday — and said her sister gave no indication anything was wrong when they last spoke, days before Thursday’s massacre.

“Only God knows. Now there are two families that are destroyed,” the tearful woman told The Post at the home of her father in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

The father, Rafael, was too distraught to speak. Yoselyn Ortega, 50, was on a ventilator yesterday at New York Hospital and unable to speak after stabbing her own throat with such force that she broke a bone in her neck.

The suicide attempt came moments after she allegedly butchered Lucia and Leo Krim, ages 6 and 2.

The unspeakable murders shattered a bond between the families that had been forming since Yoselyn began caring for the children in 2010.

The Krim family had even visited them in the Dominican Republic during a vacation and were thinking about buying a home there.

Milaydys clutched a copy of Friday’s Post, which featured a picture of mother Marina Krim wailing in an ambulance as she was taken from the crime scene to a hospital.

“Lulu! Lulu!” Milaydys wept, referring to Lucia. “Oh, my beautiful, beautiful Lulu.”

Yoselyn’s son, Jesus, 17, told Milaydys that the Krims’ children had been like his own siblings.

“Auntie, I know it couldn’t have been my mother,” he said. “Those kids were like my brother and sister.”

Yoselyn, who allegedly used two knives to kill the kids, slashed her wrists before stabbing herself in the neck as Marina walked in on the horrible scene, police sources said.

Detectives were still unable to interview Yoselyn, who was sedated and unable to speak. She can only nod and blink in response to questions, the sources said.

Yoselyn had battled physical, mental and financial issues in recent months, law-enforcement sources said.

Milaydys said their father was devastated.

“[He] is sad. He’s completely destroyed,” she said. “His nerves — he just can’t take it anymore.He can’t even talk about it.”

Her sister Celia quoted Rafael as saying, “I don’t know what happened to my daughter.”

Celia said he comforted her over own her feelings of guilt for introducing Yoselyn to the family.

“Don’t worry, Celia. You don’t have control [over your sister],” she said he told her.

Rafael broke out in tears when approached by a Post reporter outside his home.

Detectives were still poring over the West 75th Street apartment in the building, La Rochelle, for evidence of a motive.

“They’re still looking for clues because she’s not talking,” said one law-enforcement source. The cops removed bags of clothes and a desktop computer from the apartment.

For the second day in a row, scores of mourners passed by, piling flowers, stuffed bears and signs to memorialize the children.

According to a report yesterday, the slain children’s father, Kevin Krim, 37, told friends, “We’re obviously heartbroken,” in a text message sent Friday.

“Thanks for your concern,” the CNBC executive added, according to People magazine. He also told pals that his surviving daughter, Nessie, “is doing fine.”

Cain, Giants go for Fall Classic sweep in Detroit

DETROIT -- Winter is making its upcoming arrival known in these parts, what with the frigid temperatures that have fallen upon Motown.


But if the Tigers don't change the current course of this World Series on Sunday night, their winter will arrive immediately. And it would be a long one.

History tells us that we are on the cusp of a Giant celebration, and only the Tigers can prove otherwise. For them, Game 4 at Comerica Park (8 p.m. ET air time on FOX, 8:15 first pitch) is their last chance to make this some semblance of a series. Otherwise, the Giants, who hold a 3-0 edge in the best-of-seven Fall Classic, will walk away with their second title in three years.

Right now, neither team wants to focus on the lopsided ledger. The Tigers want to keep their confidence, the Giants want to keep their cool.

"If we start thinking about that kind of stuff, things can get weird," San Francisco reliever Jeremy Affeldt said. "And we don't want them to get weird."

The Giants have shown how weird postseason play can be. They have twice rallied from the brink of elimination to get to this point, and they know Detroit is capable of doing the same.

But what has transpired thus far this series -- Justin Verlander getting shelled and the offense going AWOL -- has created a stunned silence in that Tigers clubhouse.

"Obviously," Prince Fielder said, "you don't visualize this."

Detroit knows the history at play here: In 23 tries, no team has rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win the Fall Classic.

Not only that, but 20 of those 23 teams lost Game 4, while the other three were finished off in five. So to even force a Game 6 would be historic.

San Francisco, then, is in pretty darned good shape. Oh, and this would be a good time to note that the National League champs have their best pitcher, Matt Cain, taking the mound in Game 4.

Cain has not necessarily been at his sharpest in three starts this postseason, but he was the pitcher of record when the Giants nailed down Game 5 of the NL Division Series against the Reds and Game 7 of the NL Championship Series against the Cardinals.

That's just one reason why manager Bruce Bochy considers Cain to be a clutch performer.

"I think your great players, for the most part, are those type of players," Bochy said. "They seem to play better when the club needs them. The higher the stakes, the more they do elevate their game -- hitters, pitchers and I certainly would put Matt Cain in that class."

Funny thing is, it's Cain who has big shoes to fill. After all, the three men who preceded him in the World Series rotation set quite a precedent -- one earned run allowed with 14 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings.

Looking back over the past six postseason games (one of which was started by Cain), San Francisco's starters have posted a 0.47 ERA. Early in this postseason, the Giants were winning in spite of some shaky starts. Now, those starters are setting a triumphant tone.

For the Tigers, Game 4 starter Max Scherzer could follow the precedent set by the strong starts we've seen from Doug Fister and Anibal Sanchez. Scherzer gives Detroit an opportunity. He was arguably as good as Verlander in the second half of the season. And in two starts this postseason, Scherzer has allowed just one earned run on five hits with 18 strikeouts in 11 innings.

But Scherzer's presence won't matter a lick if those Tigers bats don't get going.

Don't blame the weather for Detroit's lifeless bats, because they were slumping in San Francisco, too. For the series, the Tigers are 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position -- a far cry from their Major League-leading .286 average in those situations in the regular season.

"To win games," Alex Avila said, "you've got to be able to play good defense, get good pitching and get timely hits. We've gotten two out of those three. So we've just got to find a way to get hits with guys in scoring position."

The Tigers have only scored in two innings this entire series, and they have become the first team to get shut out in consecutive World Series games since the 1966 Dodgers.

And don't tell Detroit, but those Dodgers, for the record, were swept by the Orioles.

"You don't really have to tell them anything," manager Jim Leyland said of his club. "They can count. We know they're down three games to zero. There's no secret formula or message for them. They're big guys, they know what the situation is, and they know we have to come out [Sunday] and obviously win a game. I think it starts with that. You don't think about the four, you think about one."

So far, this series is following the pattern of the three others that pitted a team that swept its LCS against one that needed seven games in the LCS round to advance. The 1988 A's, 2007 Rockies and, yes, the 2006 Tigers all had that extra rest afforded by the four-game sweep in the LCS, only to lose the Fall Classic in five or fewer games.

If there's going to be a fifth game in this one, Detroit needs to get to work. The stakes were raised this season the day owner Mike Ilitch committed $214 million to Prince Fielder. From that day forward, it's been World Series or bust. But the Tigers have run into a Giants team that has proven its postseason mettle and also proven that it doesn't need to be facing elimination to be at its best on this stage.

Now it's Detroit facing elimination. And if the Tigers don't deliver Sunday night, winter will arrive here in the Motor City.

Malloy: worst storm scenario expected for Connecticut

 
 
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the state is likely to see the worst-case scenario from Hurricane Sandy and is urging residents to heed evacuation orders.
Malloy held a news conference about the storm Sunday, saying strong storm surges are expected along the shoreline and power outages could last for days around the state.

Malloy says the water surges may be the worst since those of the 1938 hurricane.
  Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for Sunday in parts of Bridgeport, Fairfield, East Haven, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Branford. Voluntary evacuations are being urged in parts of Westport and New London.
Utility company officials say hundreds of crews including many from out of state will be ready Sunday, but they probably won't be able to begin repairs until Tuesday morning after the strong winds subside. Malloy declared a state of emergency on Saturday. He says the move will help Connecticut react more quickly and effectively to the massive storm. The declaration gives the governor powers to order civil preparedness into action. It also gives him the ability to suspend or modify any state law, regulation or requirement. The storm will dump heavy rains and unleash damaging winds and flooding that could cause major power outages. Malloy says the forecast path of the storm has convinced him that signing the state of emergency declaration is necessary. He urged Connecticut residents and utility companies to take the storm seriously, just as the state is taking preparatory actions. Malloy urged people to stock up on food and water, electric utilities requested thousands of extra workers and the Navy base in Groton prepared Friday in case it has to send submarines out into the ocean.
It was not exactly clear what conditions the state would face, but forecasters said residents could feel the effects by late Sunday as Hurricane Sandy moves up the East Coast and possibly collides with a winter storm moving across the country and frigid air from Canada.

For the state's utilities, the storm could be the biggest test since the October 2011 snowstorm that left hundreds of thousands without power for days. And to those looking to enjoy Halloween, it could mean a repeat of last year.

"I was at work and we saw it on the news and I was like, 'Oh great, just what we need is another Halloween totally ruined by a storm,'" said Lauren Niezabitowski, 22, of Simsbury.

Connecticut Light & Power, the state's largest utility, was requesting 2,700 linemen and tree workers to help with restoration work and cleanup in the aftermath. William Quinlan, senior vice president for emergency preparedness at CL&P, said the request was made to utilities in the Midwest, far from where the storm is expected to hit.

"We're obviously taking this storm very seriously," Quinlan said.

Michael West, a spokesman for United Illuminating, said 500 contract workers were arriving Friday and Saturday. He said the utility also requested 300 workers in mutual assistance agreements with other utilities.

While the latest forecasts had the hurricane striking near New Jersey or the mid-Atlantic, officials warned the storm could bring Connecticut damaging winds and as much as 7 to 14 inches of rain over 36 hours. Gov. Malloy urged coastal residents in particular to take precautions.

"Be forewarned, assume that you will be in the midst of flooding conditions, the likes of which you may not have seen at any of the major storms that have occurred over the last 30 years," Malloy said.

The governor said the state is better prepared that it was last year, when CL&P was harshly criticized by state officials for missing promised targets for restoring power. State legislation passed earlier this year gave regulators tighter oversight and the ability to impose fines on utilities, which can face penalties of up to $10,000 per offense for failing to restore power after an outage of 48 hours.

Millstone Power Station, Connecticut's nuclear power plant in Waterford, will consider shutting down the only reactor that is currently active, if winds in the area approach 90 mph, spokesman Ken Holt said.

"We're in the getting ready stage," he said. "We are walking down the station, looking for any materials that could become flying debris and securing those."

In Yonkers, Mayor Mike Spano declared a state of emergency for the city. He said the declaration will free up more resources, and allow the city to better protect residents. "We expect that it will be a dangerous storm," said Spano. "We expect it to cause power outages, flooding, and even the potential structural damage, so please remain alert."
Spano said there will be sandbags available for people in flood-prone areas.

Hurricane leads to evacuations in Nassau County coastal areas

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano has called for voluntary evacuations of the South Shore storm surge area.

"We've been told by the National Weather Service that we're going to have a record-breaking tidal surge," said Mangano. "Now is the time to enact your family and friends' plans and move out, stay with a relative or a friend on higher ground, and weather out the storm."

He said most of the affected areas are south of Sunrise Highway, and north of Route 25A in elevations 15 feet above sea level or less.
  Mangano added that mandatory evacuations could be ordered by Sunday afternoon.
In addition, the town of Islip issued a mandatory evacuation for Category 1 Storm Surge Zones and all Mobile Home Parks within the Town of Islip. Calls will be made to residents in these areas informing them about mandatory evacuation in the Storm Surge Zone. Tens of thousands of residents live in coastal flood-zones. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone on Saturday ordered Fire Island residents to get out by 2 p.m. Sunday. Fire Island has many thousands of residents during the summer, but this time of the year the 32-mile-long barrier island is mostly empty. Between 200 and 300 people live there year-round. The Long Island Railroad announced it will suspend all train service by 7 p.m. Sunday. On Long Beach, an area that is prone to severe flooding, Eyewitness News watched as one resident after another filled sandbags then piled them along the streets in the hopes of holding it back.

They're not panicked, just concerned.

If you wanted to get one last ride for the season or one last great catch, Friday may have been the day.

A lot of people were packing up and putting the boats away before the storm hits.

I'm just not going to the any chance this year. Last year my boat got really beat up in Irene. It's toward the end of the season and I'm not saving anything by waiting another month. I think the storm is going to ruin the fishing anyway so for me it's a win-win. I'm just going I get out early this year," Jeff Sparks said.

Pete Corso is keeping his boat put, securing it down in the water. He doesn't think the storm is going to be that bad.

"I'm a positive guy, but I gamble a lot so I don't care," Corso said.

In Babylon, the bucket trucks have to be checked out to make sure they're up and running.

"We don't know what the trajectory is yet. All of us are waiting to see what happens," Babylon deputy supervisor Tony Martinez said.

At a Home Depot in Freeport, Bob Notheis bought sawhorses to put his furniture on inside his home.

"I'm just worried about how bad it's going to be with the tidal surge," he said. "Irene was kind of rough on me and I'm just trying to prepare."

Some information from the Associated Press

NJ Transit and PATH shutting down as hurricane approaches

New Jersey's mass transit systems will suspend bus and train service in preparation for Hurricane Sandy.


PATH says it will shut down its commuter train service at 12:01 a.m. Monday ahead of the storm.

The commuter rail system that ferries passengers between New York City and New Jersey announced Sunday that it would close starting Monday until further notice.

Last year, nearly 77 million passengers rode PATH trains between New York and Hoboken, Jersey City and Newark.

In addition, NJ TRANSIT will implement a gradual system-wide shutdown of all bus, rail, light rail and Access Link service, starting at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon and continuing through 2:00 a.m. on Monday morning.

The Atlantic City Rail Line will suspend operations effective at 4:00 p.m.
"NJ TRANSIT customers should begin to prepare for the possible, sustained interruption of service" said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director James Weinstein. "This is a dangerous and destructive Hurricane with the potential to cause large-scale power losses, wind damage and both coastal and river flooding all of which will impact NJ TRANSIT service during and after the storm." Mandatory evacuations were under way in southern New Jersey's barrier islands, which people were ordered to leave by 4 p.m. Sunday. Gov. Chris Christie also ordered the evacuations of all Atlantic City casinos by that time and said state parks would close. A state of emergency is in effect in New Jersey as hundreds of coastal residents have started moving inland while officials closely monitored Hurricane Sandy and its potential for creating devastating weather. The huge storm, which has killed dozens of people in the Caribbean, was barreling north and was expected to hit make U.S. landfall early Tuesday near the Delaware coast, then hit two winter weather systems as it moves inland, creating a hybrid monster storm. Despite the dire predictions of tropical force winds and several inches of rain that could produce major flooding, some coastal residents said they planned to stay in their homes. Many predicted Sandy would fizzle as most of the recent storms to approach the shore did, while others said they felt safer in their homes. Most residents, though, were preparing for the worst. On Long Beach Island, some people who live near the ocean were loading up their vehicles and heading out on Saturday morning. But some neighbors scoffed at the killer storm, predicting it would fizzle as most of the recent storms to approach the shore did. "We're battening down the hatches" Alice Stockton-Rossini said as she helped her husband, Giovanni, put clothing and other items into their car in Ship Bottom. The couple live a few hundred yards from the ocean, and their neighborhood is part of Long Beach Island, which was under an evacuation order on Saturday. Stockton-Rossini said she hopes people won't have a false sense of security because Tropical Storm Irene proved less fearsome than advertised last year. "It's really frightening," she said. "But you know how many times they tell you, 'This is it, it's really coming and it's really the big one' and then it turns out not to be? I'm afraid people will tune it out because of all the false alarms before, and the one time you need to take it seriously, you won't. This one might be the one." Another island resident who wasn't taking any chances was Russ Linke. He and his wife planned to leave Ship Bottom after securing their patio furniture and packing bicycles into their pickup truck. "I've been here since 1997, and I never even put my barbecue grill away during a storm," Linke said. "But I am taking this one seriously. They say it might hit here. That's about as serious as it can get." People were packing supermarkets and stores across the state to grab food, bottled water, batteries and other essential items. Many patrons said they were stocking up out of an abundance of caution, not fear. "The weather here has been so strange the last few years, you never know what you're going to get hit with," Joe Sullivan said as he waited on line with his wife at a Toms River supermarket. "Last year around this time we got a freak snowstorm that dropped several inches of snow, and this year we're looking at this freakish hurricane that could drop several inches of rain. Since we don't know what's going to happen, we decided we'd rather be safe than sorry." The Lakewood resident and his wife were buying food that wouldn't need to be refrigerated - such as bread, peanut butter and soup - in case they lost power. "People are concerned, but they're not panicking," Sullivan said. "I think they might be if this was snow and ice coming our way, but rain doesn't seem to be as frightening to people." Many residents secured lawn furniture and other items that could become airborne if winds gust as strong as expected, and some planned to board up windows as a precaution. But in general, people seemed ready to ride out the storm, whatever it brings. "The TV stations are going to overhype this no matter what happens," said Shelia Tischman, of Mount Holly. "I don't think it's going to be a big deal, but I have an emergency pack of food, snacks and clothing just in case I need to move out quickly."   The Cape May County emergency management office issued voluntary evacuation orders for Friday and Saturday for barrier islands. Those evacuation orders become mandatory on Sunday.

In Ocean County, the beachfront town of Mantoloking also issued a voluntary evacuation order on Friday, and several other shore towns were considering doing likewise.

Jersey Central Power & Light President Don Lynch Saturday warned that customers could again be out of power up to 10 days if the storm lives up to the company's worst fears.
"Customers could expect to be out of power for 7 to 10 days," Lynch said. "We do expect a lot of damage from the winds if they develop and rain and flooding." But Lynch vowed the utility will perform better than last year when two major storms blasted the state. "Just know that Jersey Central will be working hard day and night, we've already started, should that storm hit shore here and cause outages in our system," Lynch said. He said the seven to 10 day prediction is being made because the company learned it should communicate more with customers. "We understand the challenges and difficulty people have when they are out of power," Lynch said. In Sea Bright, bulldozers were on the beach early Saturday morning trying to create dunes and push the sand back away from the shore to minimize beach erosion. Sandbags are being handed out to residents so they can keep floodwaters from coming in.
Crews used cranes to clear the beaches of anything that could get tossed around in high force winds.

Back in Hoboken, businesses and homeowners are hoping sandbags will provide some protection.

Jeremy Backman says Irene's wrath was bad enough, he's concerned about what Sandy will bring.

"The street right here, it will flood up to the hoods on most cars and people will still park here. They don't learn," Backman said.

Of course the best way to avoid flood waters is to move to higher ground.

"I've got a third floor apartment. There's no way the water is going to get that high," said Randy Kern, a Hoboken resident.

Boat owners pulled their vessels out of the water. Workers removed the canopy from a boardwalk merry-go-round in Point Pleasant Beach. And boardwalk arcades were sandbagged.
The Passaic County Jail in northern New Jersey planned to institute a partial lockdown Sunday night, limiting visitation and inmate movements, and freeing up more sheriff's officers for emergency response duty for the storm.

And utilities, still smarting over widespread criticism of their performance after Irene and a freak October snowstorm last year that left thousands without power for days on end, were calling in extra workers and lining up replacement crews from other states.
FirstEnergy Corp., the parent company of Jersey Central Power & Light, has assigned more than 700 linemen, hazard crews and internal support workers throughout its service territory.

It also made arrangements with utility groups in other states, electrical contractors and tree trimmers.

Public Service Electric & Gas made similar arrangements.

If it made landfall over the state as a hurricane - a possibility according to forecasts - it would be only the third one to do so in the last 200 years and the first since 1903.
Low-lying areas along rivers tend to flood during major storms, particularly in places like Manville, where the Raritan River routinely overflows its banks and inundates large parts of the town.

Ken Otrimski, Manville's emergency management director, said the town will activate its reverse 911 system Friday night, urging residents who live in low-lying areas to review their flood-preparation plans. Manville also was readying its six rescue boats.

Pompton Lakes, another flood-prone community, will hand out sandbags over the weekend to homeowners.

Twenty-one homes have been bought out recently, and 10 others have been elevated.

"You're preparing for the worst and praying for the best, and whatever God can do to keep it from whacking, we'd appreciate it," said borough administrator Kevin Boyle. "Here in the Passaic River basin, we've had enough floods over the past few years, and we're hoping to get away from one this year."

"The biggest source of outages during the storm is falling tree limbs," said Karen Johnson, PSE&G Spokeswoman.

Karen Johnson with Public Service Electric and Gas in New Jersey says the utility company is bringing-in 1,500 additional workers from Indiana and Florida to help repair potential outages.

PSE&G serves more than two million customers in New Jersey and they're hoping Sandy's wrath will fizzle by the time she reaches the Garden State. "We're making sure all of our trucks are fueled and that we adequate poles and transformers and adequate equipment at the ready," Johnson said.

It's a good idea to stock up on the necessities like water, a first aid kit, and batteries.

Make sure your cell phones are charged.

And if you lose power be careful if you're going to use candles.

It's common to see homes catch fire during blackouts.

To report downed wires or power outages, customers should call PSE&G's Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG. PSE&G uses an automated system to handle customer calls, but if you have specific information regarding damage to wires, transformers or poles, PSE&G asks that you speak with a representative to provide that information.

(Some information from the Associated Press)

Metro-North Moving Forward With System-Wide Shutdown

Service also will be suspended on Metro-North’s Port Jervis Line west of the Hudson River. Pascack Valley line service will be determined by NJ TRANSIT. Customers should visit njtransit.com for service status information.


The following is a list of the last trains that will operate on Sunday before the system-wide suspension:

Hudson Line
  • 6:50 PM train from Grand Central to Poughkeepsie arriving 8:32 PM.
  • 6:59 PM train from Grand Central to Croton-Harmon arriving 7:57 PM (this train is normally an express but will make all local stops from Yankees-E. 153rd Street to Croton-Harmon).
  • 6:35 PM train from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central arriving at 8:22 PM.
  • 7:00 PM train from Croton-Harmon to Grand Central arriving at 8:07 PM.

Harlem Line
  • 6:48 PM train from Grand Central to Southeast arriving at 8:18 PM.
  • 6:55 PM train from Grand Central to North White Plains arriving at 7:43 PM (This is normally a Saturday-only train).
  • 7:06 PM train from North White Plains to Grand Central arriving at 7:59 PM.
  • 7:13 PM train from Southeast to Grand Central arriving at 8:40 PM.
  • 6:55 PM train from Wassaic to Grand Central arriving at 9:05 PM.

New Haven Line
  • 7:07 PM train from Grand Central to New Haven arriving at 8:59 PM.
  • 7:10 PM train from Grand Central to Stamford arriving at 8:17 PM.
  • 6:53 PM train from New Haven to Grand Central arriving at 8:44 PM.
  • 7:03 PM train from Stamford to Grand Central arriving at 8:09 PM.

New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury Branch customers: all branch line train service will end with the last train operating prior to the 7 PM suspension.

The last Amtrak trains to operate on the New Haven Line will be 7:05 PM Acela out of Penn Station, N.Y. and the 7:18 PM southbound out of New Haven.

Port Jervis Line
  • 6:15 PM train from Hoboken to Port Jervis arriving at 8:23 PM.
  • 5:27 PM train from Port Jervis to Hoboken arriving at 7:38 PM.

Pascack Valley Line customers should contact NJTRANSIT for information.

In preparation for the brunt of the storm, train equipment will be moved out of low-lying locations known to be prone to flooding, such as the east end of the yard in New Haven and Highbridge and Mott Haven yards in the Bronx.

As the storm approaches, Metro-North has secured its infrastructure by moving trucks, and equipment such as backhoes, cranes and bulldozers, to higher ground. This includes bringing trains into Grand Central Terminal for shelter.

In addition, the wooden crossing gates at grade crossings, which are susceptible to high winds, will been removed and secured. However, people should be aware that work trains and patrol trains may still be operating and approach all grade crossings with caution.

LIRR Moves Forward With System-Wide Shutdown at 7pm

The following is a listing, by branch, of the last trains to operate before the shutdown at 7 PM.


Babylon Branch:
  • Eastbound: The 6:40 PM train from Penn Station, due Babylon at 7:57 PM.
  • Westbound: The 6:58 PM train from Babylon, due Penn Station at 8:12 PM.

Montauk Branch:
  • Eastbound: The 5:41 PM train from Jamaica, due Patchogue 6:49 PM.
  • Westbound: The 6:42 PM train from Speonk due Jamaica at 8:10 PM.

Ronkonkoma Branch:
  • Eastbound: The 6:15 PM train from Penn Station, due Ronkonkoma at 7:35 PM.
  • Westbound: The 6:40 PM train from Ronkonkoma, due Penn Station at 7:59 PM.

Port Jefferson Branch:
  • Eastbound: The 5:36 PM train from Huntington, due Port Jefferson at 6:25 PM.
  • Westbound: The 5:42 PM train from Port Jefferson, due Huntington at 6:29 PM.

Huntington:
  • Eastbound: The 6:51 PM train from Penn Station, due Huntington at 7:55 PM.
  • Westbound: The 6:36 PM train from Huntington, due Penn Station at 7:39 PM.

Oyster Bay Branch:
  • Eastbound: The 6:52 PM train from Jamaica, due Oyster Bay at 7:46 PM.
  • Westbound: The 6:20 PM train from Oyster Bay, due Jamaica at 7:14 PM.

Hempstead Branch:
  • Eastbound: The 6:42 PM train from Atlantic Terminal, due Hempstead at 7:35 PM.
  • Westbound: The 6:19 PM train from Hempstead, due Atlantic Terminal at 7:12 PM.

Long Beach Branch:
  • Eastbound: The 6:45 PM train from Penn Station, due Long Beach at 7:42 PM.
  • Westbound: The 6:26 PM train from Long Beach, due Penn Station at 7:21 PM.

Far Rockaway Branch:
  • Eastbound: The 6:12 PM train from Atlantic Terminal, due Far Rockaway at 7:05 PM.
  • Westbound: The 6:50 PM train from Far Rockaway, due Atlantic Terminal at 7:42 PM.

Port Washington Branch:
  • Eastbound: The 6:18 PM train from Penn Station, due Port Washington at 7:05 PM.
  • Westbound: The 6:40 PM train from Port Washington, due Penn Station at 7:25 PM.

West Hempstead Branch & East of Ronkonkoma to Greenport
  • Weekend service does not operate on the West Hempstead Branch and East of Ronkonkoma to Greenport on the Main Line.

Jets Fans Urged to Head Home after the Game
Jets fans attending the game at the Meadowlands are reminded to check the LIRR timetables to determine when the last train on their branch leaves Penn Station before service is suspended.

A major and time-consuming aspect of the LIRR’s storm prep is the removal or tying up and securing of railroad crossing gates system-wide in advance of the storm to protect them from high winds. The LIRR has 295 railroad grade crossings system-wide – the great majority of which are on the eastern portion of the system. Since each crossing has multiple gates, a total of 690 crossing gates need to be secured or removed – a process that takes approximately 12 hours. Power to the crossing gates will also be removed. This process must be completed prior to forecasted sustained winds of 39 mph.

Train service must be suspended for the crossing gates to be removed. The LIRR started removing gates yesterday east of Ronkonkoma on the Main Line to Greenport, where weekend service does not operate at this time of year. Additionally, crossing gates will start being removed on the Montauk Branch east of Speonk today. As a result, LIRR train service east of Speonk on the Montauk Branch will be replaced with buses starting Sunday at 9 AM and continuing until 7 PM when the full service shut down begins.

Governor Cuomo Directs MTA to Move Forward with System-wide Shutdown

The MTA has been directed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to begin an orderly shutdown and suspension of all subway, bus and commuter railroad service at 7 p.m. Sunday. The decision was made to protect customers, employees and equipment from the wrath of Hurricane Sandy as the strong storm continues its march up the east coast.


MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph J. Lhota announced that service on NYC Transit subways will be curtailed beginning at 7 p.m., and the bus network within the following two hours. Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad will start their final trains by 7 p.m. from terminal locations. Subway and rail road stations will be closed after the last trains pass through stations. Outbound Access-A-Ride trips are being scheduled only until 12 p.m. today, and return trips will continue until 5 p.m.

Any previously scheduled trips after that time, including subscription trips, are canceled.

Customers are advised to adjust their plans and travel early in the day as possible and not wait until the last train or bus. Anyone who does not leave for their destination before 7 p.m. runs the risk of being stranded when service is suspended.

The MTA Hurricane Plan calls for suspending service hours before the approach of winds of 39 mph and higher. That gives MTA crews time to prepare rail and subway cars, buses, tunnels, yards and buildings for the storm, then return to safety. Winds of 39 mph and higher are predicted to reach the metropolitan region during the predawn hours Monday.

The MTA has been preparing to suspend service for days by readying recovery equipment, clearing drainage areas, moving vehicles from low-lying areas at bus depots and rail yards and sealing some tunnel access points.

The duration of the service suspension is unknown, and there is no timetable for restoration. Service will be restored only when it is safe to do so, after careful inspections of all equipment and tracks. Even with minimal damage this is expected to be a lengthy process.

Customers and the media should monitor mta.info or call 511 for the most current service information.

Stagnant offense has Tigers' backs to wall

DETROIT -- Justin Verlander likes to say the Tigers have been playing must-win baseball since September. Now, for just the second time this postseason, that's not an exaggeration.
  The Tigers won when they had to in Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the A's.  Now, they'll need four wins in a row, something no team has done in World Series history, if they're going to realize their championship dreams. "I don't go home imagining being down 0-3 in the World Series," Prince Fielder said, "but it is what it is now. We've got to go play hard." With a few variations, that was pretty much the common theme after a second straight 2-0 loss to San Francisco on Saturday night in Game 3 put Detroit on the brink of elimination. No rah-rah speeches, no team meetings, no rituals. Just play, just like the club did when it was trailing the first-place White Sox in the AL Central in mid-September. Only the 2004 Red Sox have overcome a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series. That was in the AL Championship Series. Teams up 3-0 are 23-for-23 in winning the World Series and have pulled off a sweep 20 times. The Tigers know the odds. "You're talking about sacrificing a chicken or something? We're not going to do that," Delmon Young said. "We're just going to come in here and hope for the best and try to get some early runs. That's what they've been doing against us." And that's the crux of it. It's must-win baseball. It's also must-hit baseball. The Tigers are going to have to do the latter to accomplish the former. If they don't, the autumn chill that settled over Comerica Park will turn to winter cold with a title still a dream.  Verlander, scheduled to start a potential Game 5 on Monday, won't be able to do anything about it unless Detroit beats Giants ace Matt Cain on Sunday night. Neither of the Tigers' other two starters has been able to do anything about it, either. Detroit has gotten 13-plus innings with three runs allowed from Doug Fister and Anibal Sanchez over the past two games and has a pair of 2-0 losses to show for it. "We got tremendous pitching effort," manager Jim Leyland said, "but we've been shut out for 18 innings, so it's pretty hard to win a game." The Tigers are the first team to be shut out in back-to-back World Series games since the 1966 Dodgers, who were blanked three straight times to complete a four-game sweep. That team owns the World Series record for fewest runs scored in a World Series with two. Detroit heads into Game 4 with three. For a team that hasn't led all series, the Tigers have a right to feel like they're playing close baseball.  Their pitching isn't far off from what they delivered in an ALCS sweep of the Yankees. The results have completely swung. "They've pitched us just like Oakland did, but we haven't hit all playoffs," Young said. "We've just been fortunate enough that the other teams haven't been hitting, either." The Tigers battled their way to a division title with a torrid stretch run from Miguel Cabrera and an offense that manufactured runs when it needed to, from dropping sacrifice bunts to taking an extra base on a hit. They tried aggressiveness in Game 2 and paid for it. They tried to set up the big hit on Saturday but never found it. "You don't really manufacture a lot with the big guys in the middle," Leyland said. "You let them whack away at it. Maybe I need to be a little more creative." Detroit put the sellout crowd of 42,262 at Comerica Park on its feet in two of the first three innings, placing runners on first and second with one out twice. Both times, Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong put fans back in their seats by inducing inning-ending double plays -- one from Fielder, the other from speedy outfielder Quintin Berry.  "I feel like I killed that inning for us," Berry said. The same fans were roaring in the fifth after back-to-back singles from Alex Avila and Omar Infante and a walk by Austin Jackson loaded the bases with one out. They were on their feet with a 2-1 count to Berry, the Tigers' unexpected midseason sparkplug. What followed was Vogelsong's best stretch of the night, back-to-back high fastballs to send down Berry swinging at both before back-to-back fastballs to Cabrera, who received trophies for this year's Triple Crown feat and the AL Hank Aaron Award before the game. The first fastball to the AL MVP Award front-runner hit the inside edge, right where Cabrera usually drives pitches out to left. The second was elevated enough by Vogelsong to tempt the batting champion. "It looked like he climbed the ladder a little bit," Leyland said, "and sometimes that's the pitch that you do pop up." As Cabrera's pop fly fell into shortstop Brandon Crawford's glove, the fans fell in turn. The mid-40s temperatures downtown might as well have been sub-freezing for the Tigers, who fell to 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position for the Series. "He's been so good at that all year," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Vogelsong, "and that's what makes him such a good pitcher, a quality pitcher."  Vogelsong allowed five hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings and has given up three runs on 16 hits over 24 2/3 innings this postseason. His 1.05 ERA is the lowest by a starter over that many innings in a postseason since Orel Hershiser in 1988. Yet take away the run total, and Sanchez outpitched him, striking out eight over seven innings of six-hit ball, including six called third strikes. In the end, two second-inning runs, set up by a Hunter Pence leadoff walk and a wild pitch that moved Pence to third base with one out, were Sanchez's downfall.  With a full count and his pitcher needing a strikeout of Gregor Blanco, Avila set up down and away for a slider. Sanchez got the pitch down, but it was just enough over the plate for Blanco to golf it to the out-of-town scoreboard in right-center field for an RBI triple. "It was probably a little more middle of the plate than you want, but still, he hit it -- you're talking about like this," Avila said, not much space between his index finger and thumb. "That's hard to explain right there." Anibal Sanchez caught Hector Sanchez looking for the strikeout he needed, but Crawford's sinking liner dropped in front of a charging Jackson in center field for another run. The 2-0 cushion on Saturday was insurmountable. The 3-0 series cushion is now the Tigers' concern. They've got to win. They've got to hit.
"Everybody's playing hard," Fielder said. "Everybody's prepared. We just don't get to write the script. It's not working out right now. Hopefully, tomorrow we'll come out and get a win."

Thrown for a win: Giants on cusp of another title

DETROIT -- If pitching is the currency of baseball, as some say, then the Giants continued to sit on a gold mine Saturday night.


The next time they leave that perch could be to collect more riches -- their newest World Series rings.

Relying on clutch pitching from Ryan Vogelsong and Tim Lincecum, San Francisco crept one victory away from its second championship in three years by edging Detroit, 2-0, in Game 3 of the World Series. The Giants increased their Series lead over the Tigers to 3-0 and appear poised to capture their seventh world title in franchise history.

All 23 previous teams to assume a 3-0 edge in the Series ultimately won it. But assuming is exactly what San Francisco insisted it is striving to avoid.

"After 27 outs, if we win, then we're going to celebrate," said left fielder Gregor Blanco, who accounted for both runs in the second inning by tripling home Hunter Pence and scoring on Brandon Crawford's single. "Before that, we have to maintain our focus on playing hard and winning games."

Lincecum indicated that the Giants intend to stay relentless. That's a good idea, since a plausible scenario can be conceived for the Tigers to bring the Series back to San Francisco. If 16-game winner Max Scherzer can help Detroit capture Sunday's Game 4 (5 p.m. PT air time on FOX, 5:15 PT first pitch), the Tigers will entrust Game 5 to ace Justin Verlander, whom the Giants raked in Game 1. Detroit doesn't expect Verlander to lose twice in a row.

Lincecum said that San Francisco's six consecutive victories in elimination games in the first two postseason rounds "gave us the momentum and the drive to know that we can do anything if our backs are against the wall. So if we're in the driver's seat and we're up 3-0, we're looking to make a statement there."

During the Giants' six-game postseason winning streak -- a span in which they've outscored opponents 32-4 -- their dominant starting pitching has recorded a 0.47 ERA (two earned runs in 38 2/3 innings). Vogelsong sustained that trend, punctuating his 5 2/3-inning outing by coaxing Miguel Cabrera's bases-loaded, inning-ending popup in the fifth.

"You know, it's my first World Series. I've been waiting for this since I was 5 years old," Vogelsong said. "I wasn't going to go down without a fight, that's for sure."

Earlier, Vogelsong induced a pair of double-play grounders in the first three innings, both with runners at first and second and one out, to prevent the Tigers from exciting their partisans at Comerica Park. Taking the crowd out of the game, Giants right-hander Sergio Romo said, was "very uplifting for us."

The same could be said of Vogelsong's overall postseason performance. The right-hander improved to 3-0 in four starts with a 1.09 ERA, the lowest postseason figure by a starting pitcher over at least 24 innings since Los Angeles' Orel Hershiser posted a 1.05 ERA in 1988.

"I don't think I was as sharp as I wanted to be," Vogelsong said. "But when the guys are playing defense like that behind you, it encourages you to try to get the guys to put the ball in play."

Lincecum, the once and future starter, followed with 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief before Romo pitched a perfect ninth for his second Series save. Lincecum's postseason numbers in five relief outings look like the stuff of fantasy: one run and three hits allowed with 17 strikeouts in 13 innings.

"I think just being able to contribute is the biggest thing for me," Lincecum said. "I know this season I didn't do exactly what I wanted to do, so to go out there and be able to do something for the team, whether that's for two innings or an inning or four innings, that's really my goal."

San Francisco blanked Detroit for the second straight game, matching the number of shutout defeats the Tigers absorbed during the regular season. Cabrera (2-for-9) and cleanup batter Prince Fielder (1-for-10) have not wielded their powerful influence.

"The Tigers talk about team, they don't talk about individuals," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "Obviously a lot of people struggle when you get only five hits and you don't score any runs."

The Tigers generated an opportunity to gain a competitive toehold in this Series. But Vogelsong simply stepped on them.

The moment occurred in the fifth inning, when Detroit loaded the bases with one out on singles by Alex Avila and Omar Infante and a walk to Austin Jackson. Vogelsong fell behind on the count, 2-1, to Quintin Berry, but struck him out.

Up came Cabrera, who received the Hank Aaron Award as the American League's top offensive performer before the game. The Triple Crown winner popped up to shortstop on a 91-mph fastball, and that was it for the Tigers.

"Right now he's the best hitter in the game," Vogelsong said of Cabrera. "I just tried to make pitches there. It's a lot easier to face him in that situation when there's two outs."

Crawford, who caught Cabrera's popup, had one thought as he watched the ball arc toward him and prepared to make his fundamentally sound two-handed catch: "Squeeze it."

Squeeze it, indeed. World Series glory is within the Giants' grasp.

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Train and bus service to be suspended starting tonight, schools closed, evacuation of coastal areas ordered in advance of Hurricane Sandy

The MTA will suspend subway, bus and commuter rail service tonight and city public schools will be closed tomorrow in advance of Hurricane Sandy hitting New York, authorities announced.


Mayor Bloomberg also ordered coastal areas of New York City, known as "Zone A," evacuated.

Those high-risk areas include the Rockaways, parts of Staten Island, City Island, the South Bronx, Battery Park City and the Lower East Side.

The last subway train will leave at 7 p.m. and the last bus will depart at 9 p.m., according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The LIRR and Metro-North trains will also stop running after 7 p.m.

The subway shutdown was necessary because it’d be unsafe to operate the trains in high winds, according to Cuomo, who also said he doesn't want to encourage people to be up and about during the storm.

PATH says it will shut down its commuter train service at 12:01 a.m. Monday ahead of the storm. NJ transit has not yet announced any cancellation in service.

“We’ve been through a lot in the last 11 years … so we know what to do,” Bloomberg said. “We’ve taken the precautions, we need the cooperation of the public."

With winds of 50 mph to 70 mph anticipated to hit New York tonight, the mayor said residents of coastal and low-lying areas have to get out.

Bloomberg said he’s especially worried for firefighters and paramedics possibly having to rescue injured residents in Zone A.

“My concern is for all the people, [but] particularly the first responders.” Bloomberg said.

Inspectors have visited all construction sites and believe contractors have tied down any loose material or equipment that could blow away, according to City Hall.
“We’ve been to every single construction site, every single crane,” Bloomberg said. “The contractors understand their obligations.”
Bridge and tunnel closures will occur on a case-by-case basis, the governor said. At this time, Cuomo does not plan to close area airports. But, he is activating the National Guard.
He also urged staffing at nursing homes to be at 150% capacity and said staffers should be prepared to stay 48 to 72 hours.
The city will make a decision about possibly reopening public schools on Tuesday, at some point tomorrow.

“Our hope is we can be open Tuesday,” Bloomberg said.

"The time for preparing and talking is about over," Federal Emergency Management Administrator Craig Fugate warned as a monster Hurricane Sandy headed up the Eastern Seaboard on a collision course with two other weather systems. "People need to be acting now."

"If you don't evacuate, you are not only endangering your life, you are also endangering the lives of the first responders who are going in to rescue you," Bloomberg said. "This is a serious and dangerous storm."

Tens of thousands of people along the coast in Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut and other threatened areas were also under orders to clear out because of the danger of as much as a foot of rain, punishing winds of 80 mph and a potentially deadly tidal surge of 4 to 8 feet.

Sandy was headed north from the Caribbean, where it left nearly five dozen people dead, and was expected to hook left toward the mid-Atlantic coast and come ashore late Monday or early Tuesday, most likely in New Jersey, colliding with a wintry storm moving in from the west and cold air streaming down from the Arctic.

Forecasters warned that the resulting megastorm could wreak havoc over 800 miles from the East Coast to the Great Lakes. Parts of West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina could get snow — 2 feet or more in places.

"I've been here since 1997, and I never even put my barbecue grill away during a storm," Russ Linke said shortly before he and his wife left Ship Bottom on Saturday. "But I am taking this one seriously. They say it might hit here. That's about as serious as it can get."

He and his wife secured the patio furniture, packed the bicycles into the pickup truck, and headed off the island.

Witlet Maceno, an emergency room nurse working at New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital, was headed home to Staten Island on Sunday morning after his overnight shift. He said he was going home to check on his parents, visiting from Atlanta, before he returned to work Sunday evening.

"I'm making sure they're OK, that they have water and food, and that the windows are shut tight," he said. "And I'm going to remove stuff outside that could go flying into the windows" of his street-level apartment.

The danger was hardly limited to coastal areas, with forecasters worried about inland flooding. They also warned that the rain could saturate the ground, causing trees to topple onto power lines and cause blackouts that could last for several days.

States of emergency were declared from North Carolina, where gusty winds whipped steady rain on Sunday morning, to Connecticut. Delaware ordered 50,000 people in coastal communities to clear out by 8 p.m. Sunday.
Sandy was at Category 1 strength, packing 75 mph winds, about 250 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, NC, and moving northeast at 14 mph as of 11 a.m. Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. It was about 575 miles south of New York City.

The storm was so big, however, and the convergence of the three storms so rare, that "we just can't pinpoint who is going to get the worst of it," said Rick Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

"You never want to be too naive, but ultimately, it's not in our hands anyway," Andrew Ferencsik said as he bought plywood and 2-by-4's from a Home Depot in Lewes, Del.

Bobbie Foote said she would heed an evacuation order Sunday for south Wilmington, Del., and would take shelter at her daughter's home in nearby Newark.

"My daughter insists that I leave this time," said Foote, a 58-year-old fitness coach. It will be the first time she has fled a storm threatening the apartment building that has been her home for at least 40 years in the working-class neighborhood near the Delaware River.

Foote said she stayed last year when flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Irene blocked streets at either end of the neighborhood. She said her daughter wouldn't stand for her getting trapped that way again.

"She said I should never put myself in that predicament where I cannot get in or out of where I live," Foote said.

Amtrak began canceling train service Saturday night to parts of the East Coast, including between Washington and New York. Airlines started moving planes out of airports to avoid damage and added Sunday flights out of New York and Washington in preparation for flight cancellations on Monday.

The Virginia National Guard was authorized to call up to 500 troops for debris removal and road-clearing, while homeowners stacked sandbags at their front doors in coastal towns.

In Arlington, just outside Washington, DC, a few shoppers strolled in and out of a supermarket.

Cathy Davis said the supermarket was sold out of the water she wanted to purchase, but she wasn't doing much else to prepare. She figured she would bring her outdoor furniture inside later in the day, and might make some chili.

She said the storm did lead her to decide against decorating for Halloween.

"I was like, 'Eh, it will just be blown away anyway,'" she said. "What's the point?"

President Barack Obama was monitoring the storm and working with state and locals governments to make sure they get the resources needed to prepare, administration officials said.

In North Carolina's Outer Banks, there was some scattered, minor flooding at daybreak Sunday on the beach road in Nags Head. Rising tides and pounding waves were expected as the day wore on.

DeWitt Quinn of the mainland city of Badin, NC, was in the Outer Banks for his annual fishing trip when Sandy threatened to disrupt his plans.

"We've got cards. We've got computers. We've got food. We're going to cook our brains out and eat very well," Quinn said.

In New Jersey, hundreds of coastal residents started moving inland.

Gov. Chris Christie's emergency declaration will force the shutdown of Atlantic City's 12 casinos for only the fourth time in the 34-year history of legalized gambling here. City officials said they would begin evacuating the gambling hub's 30,000 residents at noon Sunday, busing them to mainland shelters and schools.

The storm also forced the presidential campaign to juggle schedules. Romney scrapped plans to campaign Sunday in Virginia and switched his schedule for the day to Ohio. First lady Michelle Obama canceled an appearance in New Hampshire for Tuesday, and Obama moved a Monday departure for Florida to Sunday night to beat the storm. He also canceled appearances in northern Virginia on Monday and Colorado on Tuesday.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Vogelsong tries to build on 2-0 Giants lead

DETROIT -- When the Giants had to go the full seven-game slate to dispatch the defending World Series champs in the National League Championship Series, the prevailing wisdom was that having to burn their two best starters in Games 6 and 7 might come back to bite them.


How'd that work out? The Giants got sensational starts from Barry Zito and Madison Bumgarner in Games 1 and 2 of the Fall Classic, and now they take a 2-0 Series lead on the Tigers into Game 3 (7:30 p.m. ET air time on FOX, 8:07 p.m. first pitch) on what figures to be a frigid Saturday night at Comerica Park.

Oh, they also have those aforementioned two best starters -- Ryan Vogelsong and Matt Cain -- lined up to try to tame the Tigers, who are countering with Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer, respectively.

Even though they're headed to unfriendly terrain, the Giants have to love their chances. After all, of the 52 teams to take a 2-0 lead in the World Series, 41 (78.8 percent) total and each of the past eight have gone on to win the whole thing.

"It's a lot less stressful, for sure," said Game 2 winner Bumgarner. "But at the same time, I don't think we can stop pushing or we're going to find ourselves in the same spot we've been in the last two series."

The Tigers find themselves in an uncomfortable spot, though they're trying to remain optimistic.

"The way I look at it, we're two games back with five to play," said Jim Leyland, "but we're playing the team we need to catch, and I think that's the best way to approach it."

They'll hold out hope that some home cooking is good for the soul -- or at least for their ailing bats, which managed just two hits in Game 2.

"I think we need to pick it up a little bit more," said Miguel Cabrera, "be more aggressive and try to get more lucky."

Indeed, good fortune has rested with the Giants so far. Angel Pagan's double off the third-base bag opened the door to a three-run third inning in Game 1, and Gregor Blanco put down a perfect bunt that hugged the third-base line and stayed barely fair to set up the go-ahead run in the seventh inning in Game 2.

Are the fates conspiring against the Tigers?

"If you dwell on it, it will continue to happen," Prince Fielder said. "So you've just got to keep playing hard and be prepared."

Here's one bit of good news for the Tigers: The shift to American League rules seems to benefit them, simply because they are better-equipped to fill the designated-hitter spot than are the Giants. Delmon Young moves to DH, allowing the Tigers to improve their outfield defense with Quentin Berry in left and Andy Dirks starting in right.

For the Giants, the leading candidate to DH in Game 3 might be rookie catcher Hector Sanchez, but putting him in that spot exposes them to some semblance of risk. After all, if Buster Posey were to get hurt and Sanchez had to shift to catcher, the Giants would forfeit the DH. With that in mind, the left-handed Aubrey Huff might be a safer play for the Giants, though Huff's offensive struggles this season (.192 average) are well-documented. The Giants could also put Joaquin Arias at third and move Pablo Sandoval to DH.

However the lineup shakes out, the Giants feel good about the man on the mound. And that's a credit to how far Vogelsong has come in his career. His Tommy John surgery, his years in the Minors, his stint in Japan -- all those experiences earned Vogelsong the guts and guile to succeed on this stage.
And he's succeeded so much in October that it was a no-brainer for the Giants to leave Cain on regular rest and give Vogelsong this Game 3 nod.

"He's throwing the ball as well as anybody on the staff, so we just kept it in order," Bruce Bochy said. "I didn't think we needed to flip-flop the two, to be honest, the way Vogey is throwing."

You know who else is throwing the ball well? Sanchez. And this is a must-win start for him, because no team in World Series history has come back from an 0-3 hole. Sanchez was the Tigers' top acquisition at the Trade Deadline this year, imported from a sinking Marlins ship and inserted into the middle of the rotation. Like Vogelsong, he is enjoying his first exposure to the postseason. Though he took the loss in his AL Division Series start against the A's, he has posted a 1.35 ERA. He blanked the Yankees on three hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in Game 3 of the ALCS.

That's the kind of stuff the Tigers are going to need to see from Sanchez on Saturday.

"Once he got in his comfort zone, he's done absolutely very, very well," Jim Leyland said. "He's a very, very good pitcher and has pitched -- knock on wood -- in the past pretty good against the Giants. He was a great addition for our ballclub."

The Tigers are going to need to rid themselves of whatever rust has encompassed their club these past few days. Their bats have been stagnant, and it's put all the more pressure on the arms. The Giants, meanwhile, have no shortage of momentum, if such a thing does, indeed, exist. And they've had a little bit of luck, too.

The weather won't help the bats on either side. Temperatures are supposed to sit in the low 40s, but neither club is complaining.

"It's the World Series," Vogelsong said. "You can't be worried about how cold it is. I threw a game in Chicago last year where it was 34 degrees, and it was raining and sleeting, and I threw the ball pretty well that night. I don't suspect that cold weather is going to be much of an issue."

The issue right now is a 2-0 lead for the NL champs and a Tigers team with everything on the line.

NY, NJ and Connecticut declare states of emergency as East Coast braces for Frankenstorm Hurricane Sandy

SHIP BOTTOM, NJ — With much of the Eastern Seaboard in the path of a rare behemoth storm, governors in the nation's most densely populated corridor declared states of emergency and residents contemplated whether to heed dire warnings of torrential rain, high winds and up to 2 feet of snow.


"You know how many times they tell you, 'This is it, it's really coming and it's really the big one,' and then it turns out not to be?" said Alice Stockton-Rossini as she packed up to leave her home a few hundred yards from the ocean in Ship Bottom. "I'm afraid people will tune it out because of all the false alarms before, and the one time you need to take it seriously, you won't. This one might be the one."

Hurricane Sandy, upgraded again Saturday just hours after forecasters said it had weakened to a tropical storm, was barreling north from the Caribbean and was expected to make landfall early Tuesday near the Delaware coast, then hit two winter weather systems as it moves inland, creating a hybrid monster storm.

Even if Sandy loses strength and makes landfall as something less than a hurricane, the combined superstorm was expected to bring misery to a huge section of the East. An 800-mile wide swath of the country could see 50 mph winds regardless of Sandy's strength.

Experts said the storm could be wider and stronger than Irene, which caused more than $15 billion in damage, and could rival the worst East Coast storm on record. On Saturday morning, forecasters said hurricane-force winds of 75 mph could be felt 100 miles away from the storm's center.

Up and down the coast, people were cautioned to be prepared for days without electricity. Several governors, including Connecticut's Dannel Malloy and New Jersey's Chris Christie, declared states of emergency. And airlines said to expect cancellations and waived change fees for passengers who want to reschedule.

Gov. Cuomo declared a state of emergency for New York yesterday, calling Sandy a "super storm" and asking for a federal pre-disaster designation that would put the National Guard on alert.

Saturday, Cuomo issued an order directing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to start planning for an orderly suspension of service.

A decision on whether to suspend service won't be made until Sunday.

If the decision is made to halt service, New York City subways and buses would start phasing out service at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road would suspend service at 7 p.m. Sunday.

All customers leaving Sunday's Jets game in New Jersey would be accommodated. But a special train from New Haven, Conn. to the Meadowlands has been canceled.

Suffolk County officials ordered a mandatory evacuation of Fire Island by 2 p.m. Sunday.

Fire Island has many thousands of residents during the summer, but this time of the year the 32-mile-long barrier island is mostly empty. Between 200 and 300 people live there year-round.

Mandatory evacuations were under way in southern New Jersey's barrier islands, which people were ordered to leave by Sunday afternoon, and Christie ordered the evacuations of all Atlantic City casinos and said state parks would close.

"We should not underestimate the impact of this storm and not assume the predictions will be wrong," Christie said during a storm briefing Saturday in North Midletown, near the coast. "We have to be prepared for the worst."

In North Carolina's Outer Banks, light rain was falling Saturday and winds were building up to a predicted 30 to 50 mph. Gov. Beverly Purdue declared a state of emergency for some coastal areas, and a steady stream of campers and other vehicles hauling boats left the low-lying islands for the mainland. Residents feared a temporary bridge built after Irene last year poked a new inlet through the island could be washed out again, severing the only road off Hatteras Island.

In Ship Bottom, NJ, Russ Linke was taking no chances Saturday. He and his wife secured the patio furniture, packed the bicycles into the pickup truck and headed off the island.

"I've been here since 1997, and I never even put my barbecue grill away during a storm, but I am taking this one seriously," he said. "They say it might hit here; that's about as serious as it can get."

After Irene left millions without power, utilities were taking no chances and were lining up extra crews and tree-trimmers. Wind threatened to topple power lines, and trees that still have leaves could be weighed down by snow and fall over if the weight becomes too much.

New York City began precautions for an ominous but still uncertain forecast. No decision had been made on whether any of the city's public transportation outlets would be shut, despite predictions that a sudden shift of the storm's path could cause a storm surge of 3 to 6 feet and send water into the subway system.

The subway system was completely shuttered during Irene, the first such shutdown ever for weather-related reasons. Irene largely missed Manhattan but struck Brooklyn hard.

The storm loomed a little more than a week before Election Day, while several states were heavily involved in campaigning, canvassing and get-out-the-vote efforts. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Democratic Vice President Joe Biden canceled weekend campaign events in coastal Virginia Beach, Va., though their events in other parts of the states were going on as planned.

In Rhode Island, politicians asked supporters to take down yard signs for fear they might turn into projectiles in the storm.

Sandy killed more than 40 people in the Caribbean, wrecked homes and knocked down trees and power lines.

Early Saturday, the storm was about 355 miles southeast of Charleston, S.C. Its sustained wind speed was about 75 mph.

Sandy was projected to hit the Atlantic Coast early Tuesday. As it turns back to the north and northwest and merges with colder air from a winter system, West Virginia and further west into eastern Ohio and southern Pennsylvania are expected to get snow. Forecasters were looking at the Delaware shore as the spot the storm will turn inland, bringing 10 inches of rain and extreme storm surges, said Louis Uccellini, environmental prediction director for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Up to 2 feet of snow was predicted to fall on West Virginia, with lighter snow in parts of Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the forecasting service Weather Underground, said this could be as big, perhaps bigger, than the worst East Coast storm on record, a 1938 New England hurricane that is sometimes known as the Long Island Express, which killed nearly 800 people.

While rains were light Saturday in North Carolina's Outer Banks, winds were building up to a predicted 30 to 50 mph and a steady stream of campers and other vehicles hauling boats or with kayaks strapped to the roof were headed off the low-lying islands to the mainland. Local residents were preparing for power outages lasting days and fearing a temporary bridge built after Hurricane Irene poked a new inlet through the island last year could be washed out again, cutting off the only road out of Hatteras Island.

Retirees Larry and Jean Collier, of Brantford, Ontario, were leaving their beachfront hotel in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., early Saturday and trying to plot their route home knowing they risked driving into a mess.

"I'll try to split (the trip) right down the middle, not too close to Washington, not too far west," Larry Collier said. "The storm has kind of put a wrench in it."

Others were shrugging off dire predictions. Warren Ellis and his 10-foot-long camper were stuck on an uninhabited Outer Banks island on his annual fishing pilgrimage, the conditions too rough Saturday for the ferry to carry him to safer ground.

"We might not get off here until Tuesday or Wednesday, which doesn't hurt my feelings that much because the fishing's going to be really good after this storm. It's always good after a storm," said Ellis, 44, of Amissville, Va.


5 REASONS WHY SANDY IS EXPECTED TO BE A SUPERSTORM:

1. A NORTHBOUND HURRICANE
Hurricane Sandy is moving very slowly toward the north-northeast and is expected to continue its current path parallel to the Carolinas over the weekend, forecasters say. At some point, it's expected to become what's known as an extratropical storm. Unlike a tropical system like a hurricane, which gets its power from warm ocean waters, extratropical systems are driven by temperature contrasts in the atmosphere. At some point, probably Monday, Sandy will begin to turn back toward the coast and eventually make landfall over Delaware or New Jersey.

Although Sandy is currently a hurricane, it's important not to focus too much on its official category or its precise path. It's a massive system that will affect a huge swath of the East Coast, regardless of exactly where it hits or its precise wind speed.


2. EARLY WINTER STORM
Sandy is expected to merge with a wintry system from the west, at which point it will become the powerful superstorm that has forecasters and officials all along the Eastern Seaboard on edge. One of the other systems is an early winter storm from the west — the product of a low pressure system. Winds from that system will pull Sandy back toward the US mainland.


3. ARCTIC AIR FROM THE NORTH
Frigid air coming south from Canada also is expected to collide with Sandy and the wintry storm from the west, creating a megastorm that is expected to park over the northeast for days. Forecasters are expecting residents from Florida to North Carolina to feel the peripheral effects. But the brunt of the storm will hit states farther north once Sandy collides with the winter storm and frigid air.

Officials are bracing for the worst: nearly a foot of rain, high winds and up to 2 feet of snow.


4. HIGH TIDES COULD WORSEN FLOODING
Further complicating matters is the possibility for dangerous storm surges: A full moon means the tides will be higher than usual, which will make it easier for the storm's powerful winds to push water into low-lying areas. That, coupled with the threat of several inches of rain, has officials working to shore up flood defenses.


5. COMBO OF SNOW, WIND INCREASES RISK FOR WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES
Storms in recent years have left hundreds of thousands of people along the East Coast without power, sometimes for days at a time. Utilities have been bringing in extra crews and lining up tree trimmers so they're prepared, and with good reason. The superstorm brings two possibilities for knocking out electricity. For one, hurricane-force winds of at 74 mph could send tree branches into power lines, or even topple entire trees and power poles. Those left standing could succumb to snow, which could weigh down still-leafy branches enough to also topple trees.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Weekend Bridge and Street Closures – October 27-28

The Brooklyn Bridge will be closed to Manhattan-bound traffic on Saturday from 12:01 am to 7 am and Sunday from 12:01 am to 9 am. One of three lanes will be closed eastbound to Brooklyn on Saturday from 6 am to 2 pm to facilitate maintenance work.


One tube of the Queens Midtown Tunnel will be closed starting 11 pm Friday through 2 am Monday. Two-way traffic operation will be in effect in the remaining tube for cars and NYC Transit buses only. Commercial traffic must use an alternate route while two-way traffic operation is in effect. This closure is necessary to facilitate MTA construction activities.
The Grand Street Bridge over Newtown Creek will be fully closed on Saturday from 7 am until 2 pm to perform structural repairs to the bridge. Vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be detoured to the adjacent Metropolitan Avenue Bridge.
The First Avenue Tunnel between East 40th Street and East 49th Street will be closed in both directions on Saturday from 12:01 am to 5 am for a routine safety inspection.
One of two lanes in the Battery Park Underpass north tube from West Street 9A to the FDR Drive and one of three lanes on the northbound FDR Drive from the underpass to Old Slip will be closed from 11 pm Friday to 10 am Saturday to facilitate NYC Economic Development Corporation pavement restoration. South Street and the Marginal Street from Whitehall Street to the Heliport and the northbound FDR Drive entrance ramp also will be fully closed.
59th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in Manhattan will be closed Saturday and Sunday from 7 am to 4 pm to facilitate utility and trunk water main work by the Department of Design and Construction. Motorists should use 2nd Avenue southbound or 58th Street eastbound to access the lower level of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge.
The following streets will be closed on Saturday:
  • Lexington Avenue between 42nd Street and 57th Street in Manhattan will be closed from 11 am to 6 pm for the Tudor City Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen Festival.
  • Liberty Street between Broadway and Trinity Place in Manhattan will be closed from 11 am to 6 pm for the Sons of Italy Freedom Block Party.
  • St. Marks Avenue between Sixth Avenue and Flatbush Avenue and 6th Avenue between St. Marks and Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn will be closed from 11 am to 6 pm for the DOT/Weekend Walks Children's Earth Day/Activity Day.
The following streets in Manhattan will be closed on Sunday:
  • 8th and 9th Avenues between 48th and 53rd Streets and 48th Street and 53rd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues will be closed from noon to 7 pm for the Brotherhood of Incensers and Carriers Lord of Miracles Parade.
The times listed for closures for street fairs are for the actual times of the street fairs themselves. The streets may be closed longer to allow for set-up and breakdown. Street fair organizers are generally permitted to begin set-up at 8 am and breakdown must be completed by 7 pm.
Detailed information on weekend street closures will be available on the DOT web site at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/wkndtraf.shtml.