NEW YORK CITY — The city has renewed its efforts to get residents struggling with no heat and power after Hurricane Sandy into shelters, as the temperature continues to plunge close to freezing.
The city provided free shuttle buses from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday from Sandy's hardest-hit areas to local shelters, to try to encourage people to leave their homes, as frigid temperatures become the latest woe facing residents ravaged by the storm.
"Temperatures are dropping," said the mayor, who noted that even lucky residents with generators are now running out of fuel.
“I know some people are reticent to take advantage of services,” he said, but cautioned: "It's cold and it really is critical that people stay warm — especially the elderly."
The city has also opened daytime "warming centers" across the city where people can go for heat during the day, and has begun distributing blankets and free fuel for generators at food and water distribution points.
The buses will departed to:
Queens Shelter – Hillcrest High School, 160-05 Hillcrest Avenue, Queens
Bus locations: Fort Tilden Park at Beach Channel Boulevard; Waldbaums, 122-15 Beach Channel Drive between Beach 65th and Beach 66th Place
Staten Island Shelter – Tottenville High School, 100 Luten Avenue, Staten Island
Bus locations: Miller Field at 600 New Dorp Lane at Weed Avenue; Mount Loretto at 6581 Hylan Blvd at Sharrotts Road
Coney Island Shelter – John Jay High School, 237 7th Avenue, Brooklyn
Bus location: MCU Park Parking Lot at 1904 Surf Avenue in Coney Island
Manhattan Shelter – George Washington High School, 549 Audubon, Manhattan
Bus location: Seward Park High School, 350 Grand Street, Manhattan.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and National Guard are set to bring 1 million meals and bottled water to New Yorkers in the affected areas of lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this week.
Each person will be allowed three meals and five bottles of water per day, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday. Food will also be delivered directly to home-bound residents, the mayor said.
Warming Centers are located at:
Lenox Hill Innovative Senior Center, 343 East 70th Street, Manhattan, 9 AM - 5PM
YMYWHA Innovative Senior Center, 54 Nagel Avenue, Manhattan Sun 9 AM - 5PM
Project Find Woodstock Senior Center, 127 W. 43rd Street, Manhattan, 9 AM - 5 PM
Council Center for Senior Citizens, 1001 Quentin Road, Brooklyn, 9 AM - 3PM
Riverdale Y Senior Center, 5625 Arlington Avenue, Bronx, 9 AM - 5 PM
Senior Guild Luncheon Program, 120 Anderson Avenue, Staten Island, 9 AM- 6 PM
Those who choose to remain at home are advised to wear loose layers, gloves and hats, drink warm liquids, and avoid using a gas stove or portable gas heater inside to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Also watch out for signs of hypothermia, including confusion or sleepiness, slowed or slurred speech, uncontrollable shivering and poor control over body movements.
Food, water and blankets will be distributed from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the following locations:
• Chelsea Park (Chelsea): 27th Street between Ninth and 10th Avenues.
• Vladic Playground (East Village): 10th Avenue between Avenues C and D.
• Smith Playground (Lower East Side): Catherine Street between Cherry and Monroe streets.
• Hamilton Fish (Lower East Side): Pitt Street at East Houston Street.
• Confucius Plaza (Chinatown): The Bowery at Division Street.
• Grand Street Settlement Houses (Lower East Side) - WATER ONLY: 413 Grand St. at Clinton Street.
• 3 Washington Square Village (#1A) at Bleecker Street
• 295 Greenwich between Warren and Murray Streets
• Surf Avenue Playground (Coney Island): West 25th Street and Surf Avenue.
• Red Hook Coffey Park (Red Hook): 85 Richards St.
• Beach 44th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard
•Redfern Houses Playground (Rockaways): 1462 Beach Channel Dr. (Redfern and Beach 12th Street).
• Hammel Playground (Rockaways): Beach 84th St. and Rockaway Beach Boulevard
•Highland Place between Rockaway Point Boulevard and East Market Street
• 129-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 128th and 129th Streets
• Parking lot at the corner of Mill Road and New Dorp Lane.
• Hunter Avenue and Father Capadanno Boulevard
Governor Andrew Cuomo first announced the food and water deliveries late Wednesday, noting later that the first meals arrived in the city Thursday morning.
Bloomberg said that 400 National Guard members, as well as 24 staffers from the Salvation Army, would help with the delivery effort.
“The first plane into JFK this morning was from FEMA, carrying supplies and personnel we requested," Cuomo stated. "New York state will continue to deploy all our resources in response to Hurricane Sandy and adjust to the needs and concerns of New Yorkers so that we can ensure a safe and speedy recovery.