Report provided by Lisa Fencik.
The electricity outages and flooding associated with superstorm Sandy sent many people in lower Manhattan to the streets, including the residents of C-Squat, a legendary homesteading squat located on Ave C between 9th and 10th streets. Joined by other
local residents and street artists, everyone gathered joyfully to grill food, pedal for power, and craft some music for all those in need of a dance.
Members of the 4th Street Food Co-op were eager to get involved with relief efforts. Funds collected for OWS were appropriated for the burgeoning Occupy Sandy movement. A member’s apartment on that block of Ave C provided a kitchen for several members to cook and contribute a meal to the large amounts of people gathered just outside.
Fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, avocados, lentils, couscous, lemons,
and olive oil were selected from the still dark but open co-op and transformed into a delicious, nutritious, hot meal all prepared by candle light, and
served amidst song and dance. That same evening, electricity was restored to many, but not all parts of Lower Manhattan. Power was never lost.