Friday, August 26, 2011


If the mayor calls for an evacuation of Zone A, residents in the following areas will be asked to seek higher ground: Battery Park City, Tribeca from Greenwich Street to the Hudson River, the Financial District from Beaver Street to the harbor and from Pearl Street to the East River, Chinatown from Cherry Street to the East River, and on the Lower East Side from Baruch Drive in the Baruch Houses to the river.

In the East Village, Zone A extends to Avenue D from East 4th Street to East 8th Street.  From there, it extends to Avenue B up to 14th Street.

From there, the zone extends into Stuyvesant Town, from Avenue C to the East River, and even parts of Gramercy and Murray Hill, from East 20th Street to East 37th Street from First Avenue to the river.

On the west side, everything west of 11th Avenue is in the riskiest flood zone between Tribeca and Chelsea. There, Zone A extends from the Hudson River to 10th Avenue, between West 20th Street to West 26th Street, and from the river to 11th Avenue between West 26th Street to West 41st Street.

From there, the zone covers the area west of the West Side Highway between West 41st and West 72nd Streets.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged residents of Zone A Thursday to seek shelter with friends and relatives who live on higher ground. For those who have nowhere to go, the city has shelters set up at certain points in Manhattan that will be open beginning at 4 p.m. Friday.

Those evacuation shelters are: Seward Park High School, at 350 Grand St.; Baruch College on East 23rd Street and Lexington Avenue; the High School of Graphic Communication Arts, on West 49th Street, between Ninth and 10th avenues; John Jay College at 10th Avenue and West 59th Street; Hunter College, at Park Avenue and East 68th Street; Brandeis High School on West 84th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues; IS 118, at Manhattan Avenue and West 105th Street; PS 171, on East 103rd between Fifth and Madison avenues; IS 88, between Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. and Fredrick Douglass Blvd.; Bread and Roses High School, at Edgecombe Avenue and West 136th Street; City College, at Amsterdam Avenue and West 138th Street; IS 90, at Jumel Place and West 168th Street; and at George Washington High School, between Audobon and Amsterdam avenues at West 193rd Street.

From there, evacuees will either be assigned to that shelter or taken to another shelter.

For additional information on evacuation zones and which shelter you should head to, visit or call 311. 

The city urges residents to use public transportation should an ev

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