Food/Water, Flashlights Needed

posted over 7 years ago by morgan
This update is over 30 days old.

EDIT (5pm): LIGHTING IS NOW MOST CRITICAL NEED. If anyone can give or lend a generator to help out this elderly community, as well as lights/flashlights, that would be very very welcome. Let's get this done before nightfall! Please comment below if you can help.

Recently added aid request (12:40pm): "We have over 50 seniors located at 80 Rutgers Street who are without electricity, cannot go down stairs, and are running low on food supplies."

If you are able, please bring food, water and flashlight lanterns/batteries to 80 Rutgers Street. Please comment below so we know whether and when they are taken care of.



  • I'm heading down there with whatever water and food I can find.

    aliabrar "(over 7 years ago)"
  • Way to go! Can a couple more people commit as well and comment so we know they are going?

    caitria "(over 7 years ago)"
  • Thank you aliabrar. Please note, our office phones are down and staff is experiencing limited cell service. Hopefully you will be able to find staff right away on site and connect.

    twobridgesnyc "(over 7 years ago)"
  • where is this place ? on Manhattan or brooklyn ?

    anubanu "(over 7 years ago)"

    morgan "(over 7 years ago)"
  • How close can a car get?

    aliabrar "(over 7 years ago)"
  • I can be there at 3:30 pm with 3 friends. Let me know if you have it covered or if you will need more help.

    elana.bulman "(over 7 years ago)"
  • I am not on site, which is why I am able to report (I have internet and electricity where I am). My coworkers have been sending me updates as they can. There is limited cell service in the area and I haven't been able to reach them for an hour. 80 Rutgers is in Manhattan, all the way east between Cherry and South Streets (right on the line of the east river). I just heard from one of our residents and it seems there is additional need to tenants in our tower located at 82 Rutgers (right next to the senior residents). A resident tweeted the emergency lights are out and the families / elderly cannot get down the stairs--- this tweet was sent within the hour, so from what I can gather, help is still needed. Thank you to everyone for your quick response to this. It is greatly appreciated.

    twobridgesnyc "(over 7 years ago)"
  • Will swing by with some snacks and batteries in an hour or two.

    BringHeat "(over 7 years ago)"
  • Thank you again to everyone. Again, there is no way for me to contact my coworkers, so no way to coordinate a proper meet up place / check in place for volunteers. 80 Rutgers does have a lobby, so I would go there and most likely you will find the staff there. Thank you and good luck! I will keep posting updates as I hear them, and if you find out about other needs, please post them too. I am also tweeting important city updates at @twobridgesnyc . Hopefully when this is all over you can all come visit our wonderful neighborhood and learn more about it!

    twobridgesnyc "(over 7 years ago)"
  • Heading over with a backpack of food. Let me know if car access is possible.

    troller2raven "(over 7 years ago)"
  • I don't know if car access is possible. Was going to go down earlier but my co-worker stated there were too many street closures to make it worth it. That was this AM, so hopefully streets are more cleaned up and open now. Thank you!

    twobridgesnyc "(over 7 years ago)"
  • Heading over with 3 flashlights, 1 gallon water, loaf of bread and pb&j, bunch of bananas and trail mix.

    scott "(over 7 years ago)"
  • We brought over about 60 gallons and large bag of emergency rations. Water has been distributed to all residents.

    Their biggest need at the moment is lighting.

    Location is car accessible.

    aliabrar "(over 7 years ago)"
  • I meant liters, not gallons.

    aliabrar "(over 7 years ago)"
  • Thank you for these important on-the-ground updates, and for your help! It means so much to this community!

    twobridgesnyc "(over 7 years ago)"
  • Can go over with some cooked hot lunch tomorrow. Will check this thread to see if that is still needed

    shayoni3 "(over 7 years ago)"
  • Hi do you still need water and food down there?

    cdeangelo "(over 7 years ago)"
  • I do not have direct access to staff at this moment. Those on site have no working cell phone service; those who are off site are home tending to family matters. I will have an update in the AM. I am hoping cell phone service is better in Lower Manhattan by then (as you probably have heard, most major carriers are not working downtown at the moment).

    Again, thank you all for your concern and help! Much appreciated! Hopefully once we are fully online we will be able to thank you all properly!

    twobridgesnyc "(over 7 years ago)"
  • Brought some food and 3 flashlights down around 5. Please let us know if you need more tomorrow.

    ngribetz "(over 7 years ago)"
  • City Meals is willing to deliver 3 shelf-stable meals tomorrow morning. They will get in touch with Elisa at Two Bridges. Another volunteer will be going there tomorrow to bring as many flashlights as he can find. Thanks everyone for their fast response on this! Elana Lower East Side Recovers Volunteer Coordinator

    elana.bulman "(over 7 years ago)"
  • Thank you ngribetz! Thank you everyone! This means so much at a time where it is very much needed for our Lower East Side / Two Bridges community.

    I have good and important news regarding tomorrow: we are co-coordinating efforts with another LES organization we work closely with, CAAAV. As you know from my earlier updates, Two Bridges offices are flooded; CAAAV's are intact and they will be able to house donated items as well as offer a meeting space for volunteers.

    CAAAV's office (46 Hester Street) will be open tomorrow at 10am to receive the following donations: - flashlights - batteries - food (perishable and non-perishable) - bottled water

    Also, note that most people downtown do not have access to phone or internet, as major carriers do not currently have service in the area--- so CAAAV and Two Bridges will be activating volunteers to help us spread the updates about the donated items, as well as updates about electricity, public transportation, etc .

    For those of you listing items and to deliver tomorrow, please meet us at CAAAV and we will co-coordinate efforts from there. Thank you in advance and I look forward to meeting you tomorrow!

    In closing, I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well tonight!

    Sincerely, Elisa Espiritu Two Bridges Neighborhood Council

    twobridgesnyc "(over 7 years ago)"
  • visit to learn how to design a disaster recovery progrsm,don't look like yours is working very good. "(over 7 years ago)"
  • Good morning everyone,

    We are all set to join CAAAV starting at 10am, at their office located at 46 Hester Street. Most needed donation for the area include: - flashlights - batteries - food (perishable and non-perishable) - bottled water

    We will also be activating volunteers to go out in the community to provide timely updates on MTA bus services, and the timelines for other city services to return to the area (last I heard, downtown manhattan still lacks cell phone service by providers, so many may be without knowledge of what has been restored in the city).

    Finally, some great advice from CAAAV: 1) If you are driving in, be careful. There are no traffic lights in Lower Manhattan. 2) Do not expect to use your cellphone for phone calls. At best you may be able to get text messages, but probably not much else. No googlemaps, no facebook, etc. So please let your loved ones know where you're going and what time you're expected to be back.

    I will be on site today which means I will most likely be out of pocket. Thank you all in advance for your kindness and support!

    Sincerely, Elisa

    twobridgesnyc "(over 7 years ago)"
  • Hello, so do you still need food/water? I can bring some later this afternoon/evening.

    brooklyngrace "(over 7 years ago)"
  • Are food/water/flashlights still needed? I can come down ASAP.

    jlp0928 "(over 7 years ago)"
  • Yes! Very much so to all: food, flashlights and water! They can be dropped off at one of two locations: 1) The lobby of 80 Rutgers (on the corner of Rutgers and Cherry St); ask for Manny Chan, who is the manager on site.
    2) Office of CAAAV, 46 Hester Street (at Essex)

    Thank you to everyone for your support. I just got back to a computer and am only seeing these messages now. I am busy compiling an update, and will also share some photos shortly on our Facebook ( and twitter (@twobridgesnyc), so you can see a little more closely just how tough some of the conditions are on the LES.

    Please note: if anyone has access to a generator we can borrow, it would be greatly appreciated. The senior residents and families located at 80 and 82 Rutgers, respectively, do not have emergency lighting in their hallways or stairways. A generator would provide so much to this community while they await Con Ed to restore power.

    Finally, the Villager has done an article on relief efforts, and mentions the wonderful community support that has been conducted through this website:

    Thank you again!

    twobridgesnyc "(over 7 years ago)"
  • ngribetz, brooklyngrace, and jlp0928: were you able to make it down today? If not email me at if you would like to coordinate tomorrow. Thank you in advance!

    twobridgesnyc "(over 7 years ago)"
  • Late Night Update: the biggest needs remain supplies. If you have any items or know of any resources that will help us w/ donations of food, water and/or flashlights, they would be greatly appreciated.

    We are collecting them at 80 Rutgers (at the corner of Cherry St). This is our senior residence we have about 50+ house-bound seniors still there--- in the dark! (without a generator they don't even have emergency lighting).

    If you or any one you know are able to drop anything off, feel free to message me if you will be in the area (

    You can also check out Two Bridges FB page to see the damage to the area... our offices were flooded (three foot high water line) and we spent most of today drying off or throwing out furniture before it molded :(

    Talk soon and thanks for your generosity!

    Sincerely, Elisa (

    twobridgesnyc "(over 7 years ago)"
  • It seems like this feed has been pushed down now that this wonderful site has caught on. We continue to need food and water donations at 80 Rutgers. We need enough supplies to get our seniors through the weekend... or until the power comes back on. Many of our seniors are housebound, and we are delivering---apartment by apartment --- the donated supplies. For those seniors who can walk, options are slim, as there are little to no open stores in the area.

    To volunteer or arrange a donation drop off, please email me directly for updates:

    Again, thank you to and everyone who has come through to support the Two Bridges and Lower East Side community, thanks to this site. When the emergency has subsided, hopefully we will have a chance to build on the community and connections we have made!

    twobridgesnyc "(over 7 years ago)"
  • david lee dl11758 to those who help check in on my mother in law many many thanks someday i will return athis favor many thanks from the bottom of our heart together we will make it though this

    dl11758 "(over 7 years ago)"
Post a new comment

News by topic

Other recent news