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Sandy 5 Year Anniversary

Join us on October 28th and 29th to commemorate the 5 Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy!


To join groups across the city for the #Sandy5 rally, march and celebration on Saturday, October 28th, click here.

To RSVP for LESReady!’s family friendly celebration SANDYWEEN on Sunday, October 29th, click here.

About #Sandy5

Saturday, October 28, 11AM

Communities across the city will remember, resist, and rise together.

Five years ago, Superstorm Sandy took lives, destroyed homes, and flooded subways. Like in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Florida, and Texas, the people hit hardest by Sandy were the poor, people of color, immigrants, and already our most vulnerable communities.

New York’s elected officials must protect us from the impacts of climate change and lead a just transition to a renewable energy economy. We cannot wait any longer. On October 28th, we will assemble and march over the Brooklyn Bridge, and then rally at the Alfred E. Smith Houses’ ball fields in the Lower East Side. For those who have accessibility needs or are unable to make it to Brooklyn, we invite you to join us at Smith Houses’ ball fields at 2pm.

On October 28th, let’s march to demand a better future.

About Sandyween:

On Sunday, October 29th join us for Sandyween: a day of Trick O’ Treat, costume contests, raffle and prizes, music and fun activities for all ages. This LESReady! event celebrates our power to come together and support one another through disasters like Sandy in the Lower East Side.

Five years after Sandy, we remember the storm and how our neighbors came together to support one another. Given the hoard of recent hurricanes impacting the Caribbean and other parts of the United States, we recognize the need to rise in solidarity for our siblings abroad, while also continuing to prepare to get through future storms together.

Sandyween is a family friendly event. For questions on the event, please e-mail

**Those who RSVP early will be entered into a special raffle to get a prize day of — so don’t forget to RSVP!***

East Side Coastal Resiliency Project

LESReady! speaks out in favor of science and against displacement

Photo: Courtesy City of New York

On March 24 the City released its 13th Proposed Amendment to the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, based on community feedback and new design challenges. LESReady! spoke out about the importance of climate science and the need to defend against displacement, both natural and man-made. Read our comments here: LESReady! Public Comments to ESCR Amendment 13.

Hurricane Relief Statement

September 22, 2017

The hoard of recent hurricanes have set record-breaking and unprecedented flooding throughout the Caribbean and United States, leaving many small islands utterly devastated. As a community filled with boricuas of the diaspora, LESReady! deeply feels for our family in Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria brought chaos and devastation to Puerto Rico, which was at one of its weakest states having endured Hurricane Irma just days earlier.  Coupled with Puerto Rico’s long recession, and its debt crisis– we must rise to support Puerto Rico.

LESReady! Is a community-centered disaster response group that focuses on the Lower East Side. When Superstorm Sandy hit NYC nearly five years ago, community members, community-based organizations, block and tenant associations banded together to take care of one another. Recognizing the need for more coordination across our community groups in the case of a future disaster, we formed LESReady! the March following Superstorm Sandy.

We remember the support that came far and wide when we were recovering from Sandy.

We remember how low-income communities of color, and those which lie at the margins of our society, were the ones most disparately impacted.

As a long-term community-based recovery group, we know very well that community-based organizations are the first to respond, and perhaps more significantly, will be the last to leave.

For these reasons, it is time that we rise in solidarity of our siblings in the Caribbean. Below, please find suggested places to donate monetarily, a list of local drop-off sites for goods, information on how LESReady! is mobilizing, and our commitment to provide up to date information on how to contact loved ones in Puerto Rico as that information becomes available.

For more information, contact Resiliency Training & Policy Coordinator, Ceci Pineda

In solidarity,
Ayo Harrington and Victoria Lugo
LESReady! Executive Co-Chairs

LESReady! would like to highlight two organizations that are currently raising monetary donations to serve those most at the margins:


LESReady! is closely monitoring immediate supply needs and assessing shipping logistics to establish an LES-wide collection drive for Puerto Rico and other hurricane-impacted areas if logistics allow. If you are interested in being listed as a drop-off location, please fill out your information here.

We would like to also highlight on the ground efforts from fellow community members of the Lower East Side that are currently accepting supply donations in the Lower East Side for families in Puerto Rico:

  • Smith Houses Tenant Association
    (Baseball Field – Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place between South Street & Pearl Street)
    Saturday, September 30 (12PM – 8PM)
    Selling food to raise donation funds
    Accepting packaged goods/supplies
  • Good Record
    218 E 5th Street
    Monday – Friday (12PM-8PM)
    Saturday – Sunday (12PM-7PM)
    For information on contact
  • WhyNotCare & Iglesia Evangelica Bautista
    Calle 8 Church
    393 E 8th Street
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (4:30PM – 8:30PM)
    Collecting: Toiletries, Diapers, new or clean blankets, water, batteries, dry food, etc.
    For more information, contact: 646.783.8123
  • Engine 28 / Ladder 11
    222 East 2nd St (Between B & C)
    Monday – Friday (7AM – 9PM)
    Collecting: Diapers, baby food, batteries, first aid supplies, feminine hygiene products
    Organized by NYC Mayor’s Office
  • Lady Tigers Youth Softball Team
    428 E 10th Street
    Monday – Thursday (6PM-9PM)
    Collecting: Water, non-perishables, toiletries, diapers, and clothing
  • Loisaida via Eco-Kit Duffle
    • How it works: visit
    • Place an order for items on the ‘NEEDS LIST’page. Ship items to our pick up center:
      Eco-Kits Duffle Help
      Loisaida Center
      710 East 9th Street
      New York, NY 10009
    • Sorted items are immediately given to Eco-Kits volunteer travelers.
    • Eco-kits get picked up at airports in Puerto Rico by contacted community coordinators and delivered to grass-roots organizations. (Full list on webpage)

The New York City Consulate of Antigua and Barbuda is currently collecting donations at sites through all boroughs for Barbuda. For more information on the priority items being collected and drop-off sites, visit

We are connected to La Red De Apoyo Mutuo a Puerto Rico, a network of individuals and groups throughout the United States that are working on compiling on the ground information. We have expressed the need echoed from fellow community members for information on how to contact loved ones.  As we attain more information, we will keep people aware of information on how to contact loved ones as that information emerges.

For a directory of emergency operation centers in Puerto Rico (in Spanish), please click:

We remember. We rise. We Resist.

Sharing Stories About Climate Change

New York City Safe Energy Campaign presents:

Sharing Stories About Climate Change

Saturday, Nov 14, 2-4 pm at Lower East Side Ecology Center

Come to listen, to talk. We’ll have a musician and a storyteller, and we want to hear your stories.

What events have happened to you or your family, to your home, to the people in your world in these changing times? Have you experienced climate injustice, environmental racism? What dreams are you having?

We’re all in this together. Let’s share with one another.

This event is free and open to everyone. Snacks will be provided. We’re also working on free pedicab rides from the FDR Drive.

The LOWER EAST SIDE ECOLOGY CENTER is in EAST RIVER PARK in the red brick two-story building known as the FIRE BOAT HOUSE.


Subway: F or J to ESSEX/DELANCEY, stay on the downtown side of the street, walk toward the FDR DRIVE, cross the PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE at Delancey Street over the highway. You will see the FIRE BOAT HOUSE on the left just before the big ballfield.

Bus: M14A or the M22 bus to the last stop: GRAND STREET/FDR DRIVE. Walk south on the FDR service road to CHERRY STREET. Enter CORLEARS HOOK PARK, walk past the flagpole, cross the PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE, and look north for the FIRE BOAT HOUSE just behind the ballfield.


Co-Sponsors: Good Old Lower East Side, New York Climate Action Group, GreenMap NYC, NYC Friends of Clearwater 

Three World Trade Center Health Related Programs Explained

If you or someone you know has lingering health related issues as a result of the 9/11 tragedy, the following programs may help. Note: these are individual programs to which you must apply separately.

The World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program

The World Trade Center (WTC) Health Registry

September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF)

Download the PDF to Learn more about each program

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LES area selected as a Rebuild by Design winner. $335 million to fund storm-surge protection project.

LESReady! is proud to announce that the Rebuild by Design competition is over and the BIG U’s project, which directly benefits the LES, was selected as a winner! Secretary Shaun Donovan of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, declared the winners on June 2 with Mayor De Blasio,Governor Cuomo and Sentor Schumer. Learn more about the project by clicking here. More information to come! 

LESReady! members and leaders attended the announcement event. See photos of the announcement event below.