It's been almost two weeks since Hurricane Sandy hit the city with storm surges and massive flooding, leaving lots of power outages, transit woes, housing destruction and more problems we're still dealing with now. Below, check out a roundup of Sandy-related links, from the problem of mold to Rihanna lending a hand to another Sandy death.
- Thick green mold is growing around the South Street Seaport after flooding from Sandy. “Fungus is everywhere. There was bad mold—it was green, an inch thick...I lost everything,” said Shawn Makani, owner of Cafe on the Pier. “We have to wear masks to protect ourselves. It’s dangerous,” said a worker who hauled moldy debris from the Abercrombie & Fitch on Water Street.
- A 64-year-old man was found dead in the living room of his flooded Staten Island home yesterday. If officials confirm it was a Sandy-related death, it'll be the 42nd death because of the storm in the city.
- Rihanna donated 1,000 sleeping bags to the Daily News' Sandy relief efforts; she also turned a release party at the 40/40 Club last night into a rally to collect donations and supplies from fans. Also: Rihanna emails the Daily News?
- Two dentists are suing the owner of the West 57th Street crane that was stuck dangling over midtown after Hurricane Sandy. They're suing for damages incurred from losing a week's worth of business while they were evacuated, and the street below was closed.
- A 64-year-old Gambino associate claims his house was "whacked" by Sandy, and now he needs FEMA aid: “As a skilled operator of heavy machinery, Mr. Garofalo has been manning equipment—such as a bulldozer—to clear the streets and perform other critical tasks.”
- Freezing Long Islanders are raging at LIPA for not turning the electricity and heat back on yet.
- Some Sandy recovery workers who happened to be eating at Eno restaurant in Manhattan when a fire broke out helped put out the flames on two employees. Three people were taken to the hospital with burns altogether.
- A big concert for Sandy relief, called "12-12-12," is currently being planned by the same people who organized “The Concert For New York” after 9/11.
- Many NYCHA buildings around the city should get power back this weekend, officials promise—but that doesn't mean they'll actually have power in their individual apartments.