November 6, 2012 |
They spend their days exposed to the elements, getting their hands dirty and rarely receiving tips -- until now. New Jersey gas stations are all full service, a pleasant surprise to many out-of-state drivers who attendants say will tip them for their trouble. Not so the average New Jersey driver, although that appears to be changing as post-Sandy gas shortages persist. FULL COVERAGE: East Coast hit by deadly storm "My guys are one of the most disrespected jobs.
November 4, 2012 |
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Michaelle Solages, 27, is on the ballot here Tuesday for a New York State Assembly seat. A Democrat and a lawyer, she has campaigned door to door, but she has found that one of the best places to talk to voters is at gas stations. Wrapped in a long black wool coat, she walks the lines of people that snake through the gas station parking lots, handing out fliers she has printed with information about shelters and FEMA reimbursement programs. INTERACTIVE: Before and after Hurricane Sandy She carries a notepad that is filling up with the addresses of those she meets whose homes still lack power.
November 4, 2012 |
VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. - When Harry Perez looks at the red plastic canister on his back porch, he sees more than five gallons of unleaded; he sees six more hours his bedridden daughter, Catherine, can keep breathing. This is the cold calculus Hurricane Sandy has wrought for the Perez family. Every 24 hours the family's network of relatives breaks out across Long Island in search for gas. Five days since Sandy's winds toppled thousands of power lines and tidal surges flooded electrical stations, 50% of homes on the island are still without power.
November 1, 2012 |
WANTAGH, N.Y. - Sandy's U.S. death toll reached 88 on Thursday after the bodies of two young boys were found in a Staten Island marsh, and the economic loss rose to an estimated $50 billion. That would make the storm the second-costliest in American history, after Hurricane Katrina. On day four, it was as if the Northeast had removed a bandage - in some areas, healing was evident; in others, the wounds remained severe, and despair set in. Airports and subways reopened and electricity had been restored to nearly half of the 8.5 million homes and businesses that lost power during the storm.
November 1, 2012 |
HOBOKEN, N.J. -- The lack of electricity and severe gasoline shortages are hindering cleanup efforts throughout metropolitan New York and New Jersey as the hard-hit region continues to struggle in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy's rampage through the Northeast. The U.S. death toll from the storm rose to 75 overnight, including 12 dead in New Jersey and 30 in New York state. Of 22 reported deaths in New York City, 14 are from Staten Island, where surging waters powered by the storm trapped many in basements.
October 30, 2012 |
BEACH HAVEN, N.J. - Hurricane Sandy's departure from the Northeast on Tuesday brought no hint of relief, revealing instead a terrible tableau of splintered trees, severed beaches and shuttered businesses, and the harsh reality that the storm will test even the most hardened resolve in the weeks to come. The storm's U.S. death toll rose to least 48, including three children, and the property damage estimate rose to $20 billion. More than 8 million homes and businesses, from the tip of Maine to South Carolina, were without power, and some might not get it back for 10 days, officials said.
October 21, 2012 |
Remember when gas stations were cool? In the decades after World War II, gas was cheap and operators competed on service. Every time a car rolled in, a bell would ring and uniformed pump jockeys dashed out to fill the tank, wash the windshield and check the oil level. Sagging tires got a whoosh of air. Station owners made profits from car repairs performed in their garages and especially from selling oil, which vehicles burned quickly by today's standards. Some owners tried to catch customers' eyes with futuristic-looking designs for their buildings like the Googie-style Unocal station in Beverly Hills from 1965 with a swooping white roof.
October 5, 2012 |
Six of the 15 Southern California Costco gasoline stations that shut their gas pumps this week during a record-breaking run-up in wholesale fuel prices are again open for business, said Jeff Cole, vice president of gasoline for the company in the U.S. Another was reopening at 6 p.m., Cole said. The remaining eight Costco gas stations that closed are scheduled to reopen by noon Saturday, Cole added. The stations closed as wholesale prices for California gasoline climbed to a record-setting $4.39 a gallon this week.
July 27, 2012 |
If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get. - Frank A. Clark As I set up my tent the words of the Kazakh man at the gas station (see Day 13 post ) were ringing in my ears: “And bandits at night.” Yes. Kazakhstani bandits. With guns. This was and is part of the charm of the Mongol Rally , the 10,000-mile road trip from Britain to Ulan Bator, Mongolia, on which my co-driver, Steve Priovolos, and I departed two weeks ago. We had already made it farther than last year, when we were T-boned on Day 8 on a Romanian road and our car destroyed.
July 14, 2012 |
It's a bird, it's a plane, it was two flying lawn chairs strapped to 350 helium balloons! In a soaring feat reminiscent of a certain Disney movie , a gas station owner and an Iraqi adventurer lifted off in a homemade flying machine in central Oregon on Saturday -- only to be forced down again by storms moving through the area, according to a report from the Associated Press . The area saw heavy rain and hail as big as nickels, the...