We’ve received information on the openings of some more local institutions:
Libraries: City libraries are starting to reopen, and Upper West Side libraries have now opened. See list of open libraries here. ”
“Because of power outages, the remaining branches – including our landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue and some libraries in Staten Island and all libraries in lower Manhattan – are forced to remain closed. We are working to get those open as soon as possible; please follow NYPL on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information. Also as a result of the power outages, servers that support our website, catalog, and patron accounts database are currently offline. This means that patrons will temporarily not be able to check out new books or pay fines. eBooks are still available, however, and all fines on books due from Oct. 29 until Nov. 3 are waived until Thursday, Nov. 8. In addition, due to the hard work of our tech team, internet access should be available at all open branches, despite power outages. For a list of resources to help or get help with NYC’s recovery, see bit.ly/NYPLSANDY. From, Your NYPL News team”
Playgrounds: The mayor says they should be open as of Saturday at 8 a.m.
Post Offices: Here’s what we hear from readers: Cathedral station-104th off of bway is open; 95th and Columbus is closed; Planetarium Station PO on W 83rd St is open ; Ansonia Station is open .
Food stamp/Medicaid/FEMA office: Via Gale Brewer’s office “Peggy Earisman, Director of Manhattan Legal Services, reached out to our office to say that their upper Manhattan offices are open again today from 10am-5pm. Located at 1 West 125 Street, 2nd floor (entrance on Fifth Avenue), their staff can assist with emergency food stamps, Medicaid, FEMA, etc. Their phone lines are still down but offices are open.”
Photo by Sarah Ackerman.