New York Recovers From Hurricane Ida’s Catastrophic Flooding

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It’s Friday.

Weather: Increasing clouds as we speak with a excessive within the low 70s. The starting of the weekend is forecast to be sunny and within the low 70s, however there’s a likelihood of showers on Sunday.

Alternate-side parking: Suspended till additional discover for storm operations.

Credit…John Taggart for The New York Times

The New York area continued to battle with destruction from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, which killed at the very least 43 folks and left greater than 150,000 properties with out energy.

The deluge of rain on Wednesday — greater than half a foot fell in just some hours — turned streets and subway platforms into rivers. Emergency responders in boats rescued folks from the rooftops of automobiles. Hundreds of individuals have been evacuated from trains and subways.

New York City’s subway traces remained at the very least partly suspended all through Thursday, as was commuter rail service throughout the area. Airports have been open, however a whole bunch of flights have been canceled.

At a briefing in Queens with native elected officers, Gov. Kathy Hochul mentioned leaders have been caught off guard by the ferocity of the rainfall.

“We did not know that between 8:50 p.m. and 9:50 p.m. last night, that the heavens would literally open up and bring Niagara Falls-level water to the streets of New York,” Ms. Hochul mentioned. “Could that have been anticipated? I want to find out.”

[For the latest updates on fallout from Hurricane Ida in the New York region, go here.]

How the storm highlighted a shadow world of basement flats

Most of the New Yorkers who misplaced their lives have been discovered inside basements. Tens of 1000’s of individuals, a lot of them immigrants or low-income residents, search shelter in underground dwellings which can be typically not authorized residences and don’t meet security or constructing rules.

Annetta Seecharran, the chief director of the Chhaya Community Development Corporation, a gaggle that works on housing points for low-income South Asian and Indo-Caribbean New Yorkers, mentioned due to the necessity for inexpensive housing in New York City, folks would proceed to hunt properties in basements. And as a result of so most of the models are unlawful, tenants may be reluctant to hunt assist or complain of unsafe circumstances for worry of shedding their house.

What we all know concerning the individuals who died

Fifteen individuals are recognized to have died in New York, most of whom have been present in Queens and Brooklyn. At least 23 folks have been killed in New Jersey, 4 folks died north of Philadelphia and one in Connecticut.

One sufferer, Rabbi Shmuel Dovid Weissmandl, was killed after being trapped by floodwaters whereas driving house to Mount Kisco, N.Y.

In a Queens house the place three have been discovered lifeless, Choi Sledge, who lives on the third flooring, mentioned she acquired a frantic name round 9:30 p.m. from a girl within the basement house, whom she recognized as Mingma Sherpam.

“She said, ‘The water is coming in right now,’ and I say, ‘Get out!’ Get to the third floor!” Mrs. Sledge recalled.

“The last thing I hear from them is, ‘The water coming in from the window.’ And that was it.”

From The Times

When Ida’s Floods Came, Some New Yorkers Tried to Save Their Neighbors

Eric Adams, N.Y.C.’s Likely Next Mayor, Expresses Shock at Ida Damage

New York Flooding

Live Updates: New York Flooding

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What we’re studying

The New York State Legislature confirmed two Black leaders to run the state’s newly created hashish management board months after legalizing leisure marijuana. [Gothamist]

A Manhattan man who was recorded being hit by New York law enforcement officials throughout Black Lives Matter protests final 12 months is suing town and the N.Y.P.D. for extreme power. [New York Post]

Gov. Kathy Hochul honored an M.T.A. bus driver in Ridgewood, Queens, for persevering with to work Wednesday night time whilst her bus flooded with water. [QNS]

And lastly:

The Times’s Melissa Guerrero writes:

While individuals are nonetheless connecting by means of digital occasions and applications, with the summer time season right here and extra folks getting vaccinated, venues and organizations are holding in-person occasions. Here are recommendations for sustaining a New York social life this weekend:

In-person: “Yemanjá Project”

On Friday at three p.m., be a part of the International Brazilian Opera Company for stay performances of Afro-Brazilian music at Washington Square Park.

Visit the occasion web page for extra data.

In-person: Artist workshop with Blanka Amezkua

Learn concerning the artist Blanka Amezkua’s present set up “Happiness is…” and take part in a papel picado workshop on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Manhattan.

Register without cost on the occasion web page.

In-person: Music within the park with Staten Island Philharmonic

On Sunday at four p.m. in Staten Island, hearken to stay performances by the Staten Island Philharmonic.

Visit the occasion web page for extra data.

It’s Friday — take in the solar.

Metropolitan Diary: ‘Et Pourtant’

Dear Diary:

We have been working late to the venue in Brooklyn, so we took a cab. My three associates bought into the again seat, and I hopped within the entrance.

The driver was enjoying basic French ballads from the 1960s. He instructed me he was 79 and had been listening to those songs since he was most likely my age.

From the again of the cab, certainly one of my associates shouted that I used to be French and requested whether or not I acknowledged any of the songs.

When we stopped at a light-weight, the driving force pulled out an album crammed with CDs. He picked one out, put it within the participant and pressed play. “Et Pourtant” by Charles Aznavour got here on.

“Ah!” I mentioned. “This one I know.”

“Good!” he replied.

The first notes started to play, and the 2 of us began to sing.

— Olivia Bensimon

Illustrated by Agnes Lee. Read extra Metropolitan Diary right here.

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