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Emergency Grants After Storm Isaias

We reached out to non-profits after Tropical Storm Isaias, but did not get the number of requests for Emergency Grants we received after Superstorm Sandy. That’s some good news considering the damage inflicted last week.

However, we are awaiting photos and cost estimates from Green-Wood Cemetery for equipment to right an obelisk toppled from its base by the storm. Falling trees displaced or broke more than 20 monuments.

Obelisk damage – Green-Wood Cemetery

We also received photos of the many fallen trees around the landmark Olmsted House we recently stabilized on Staten Island. Fortunately, the house’s active Friends Group there said the historic trees Olmsted planted there are still standing. We sent preservation contractor Russell Powell to inspect the house. He reported that a 50-foot-tall walnut tree fell and scraped the front of the house damaging the protective shed we installed to prevent water from entering the basement. There was also some damage to the eaves. We’ll schedule repairs to the shed as soon as possible.

Tree damage – Olmsted House

Even before the storm, Staten Island non-profits seemed to be having a tough period. Most recently, a ceiling featuring a lovely mural collapsed at the Noble Maritime Collection, housed in a National Historic Landmark at Snug Harbor. We are awaiting cost estimates to repair the damage. Work is underway at Casa Belvedere where our Emergency Grant is helping to shore up the roof. An earlier emergency grant helped Historic Richmond Town repair the porch at an 1834 home in its collection.

Ceiling damage – Noble Maritme Collection

If your non-profit building has an emergency issue, contact our Technical Director, Alex Herrera. We’ll try to help.

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