Found her on the mailbox in my apartment’s vestibule. Escorted her outside.
She wants to remind you to come to my tree walk on Saturday.
Some wind last night brought down a large branch of Tompkins Square Park’c central elm, the large tree in the central lawn of the park. Last year a companion elm slightly south of it came down completely.
It’s a beautiful tree, I hope the park’s department arborists don’t think it needs to come down. It doesn’t appear to be hollow, like the giant elm nearby they removed a month ago.
As usual, EV Grieve got the story first.
Hope, I’m not too late.
This is a short post to apologize to Steven the postal worker gathering signatures to save the Post Office from cuts at OWS today. Sorry, I screwed up the audio in your video again. I promise to get it right the next time I see you. Please leave any information you want to get out there in the comments.
Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA). Under PAEA, USPS was forced to “prefund its future health care benefit payments to retirees for the next 75 years in an astonishing ten-year time span” — meaning that it had to put aside billions of dollars to pay for the health benefits of employees it hasn’t even hired yet, something “that no other government or private corporation is required to do.”
As consumer advocate Ralph Nader noted, if PAEA was never enacted, USPS would actually be facing a $1.5 billion surplus today
I felt my apartment swaying back and forth slightly, just subtly enough to make me wonder if it was coming from the construction eternally happening on Houston Street. But there was no noise. And confusing me was the lack of reaction from people on the street. The shaking lasted about 10-15 seconds but it never felt I was in danger, so I went to my roof to see what I could see. By the time I got there the people, in the building under construction to become a Union Market on Houston Street and Avenue A, had wisely evacuated.
Cell phone service here was clogged for a half hour. Nuclear plants, near epicenter were automatically shut down, something to keep an eye on.
Update: the power company officials say no release to environment, no damage to plant or dam and back-up diesel is running.