Yesterday, the New York Public Library was supposed to have its gala event, Library Lions, at its main branch at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. Instead, the NYPL cancelled the event due to Hurricane Sandy (power had been knocked out of the building) and, today, donated all the food to Staten Island.

The borough has been devastated from Sandy, with half the fatalities from the storm there and many residents trying to rebuild their homes and lives. NYPL staffers helped serve food, prepared by Glorious Food, at three locations. According to a press release, they were:

Ariana’s Grand at 192 Ebbitts Street: The catering hall - owned by Frank and Marie Dimattina - was seriously damaged in Hurricane Sandy. Unable to open for business, the owners transformed the hall into a makeshift shelter, serving food and collecting supplies for their neighbors in need.

Susan Wagner High School at 1200 Manor Road: The City’s Department of Homeless Services has set up a hurricane shelter.

The Staaten at 697 Forest Avenue: Owner Gary Li Greci is donating his space to help serve Staten Islanders, and City Councilwoman Deborah Rose is working with community groups to help organize the meal.

The menu, full of hot food, included macaroni and cheese, Caesar salad, garlic bread, Beef Bourguignon with fall vegetables, puree of rutabaga and potato, and Apple Brown Betty.

Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro said, "I would like to thank the New York Public Library for their generosity during this time. I am certain that the donated meals will be welcomed by the hundreds of Staten Islanders who have been left homeless and in need after Hurricane Sandy."

Staten Islanders also received some marathon goods from Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson.