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Brooklynites suffer empty tanks, long lines as gas shortage continues

Motorists wait for hours as they line up for a drop of gas

The Brooklyn Paper

Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath has created a gas shortage for the ages that’s disrupting commuters and businesses throughout the borough, motorists say. “It’s an enormous pain,” said Sven Wechsler, the owner of Sven Moving in Williamsburg, who scuttled half of his four-vehicle fleet because he can’t find enough gas to fill them all. “I was supposed to move somebody to Pittsburg, which I cancelled, and I stopped doing jobs that I can’t do in one of my diesel vehicles.”

Gas stations around the borough have been swamped with customers for days, with many of them running out of petrol in a matter of hours.

But the lines continue. More than three rows of cars were found swarming a Shell station at Chester Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway in Kensington on Wednesday. Yesterday, a line of cars outside a Hess station at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Avenue T in Marine Park — a station that had just had power returned to it that morning — spanned more than eight blocks in two directions. “Brooklyn’s never not had gas like this,” said a worker at the Sunoco on Coney Island Avenue in Gravesend that was drained dry on Friday.

Only 35 to 40 percent of gas stations had enough gas to operate, according to CNN. One, a Shell station on Third Avenue in Boerum Hill, posted a placard in its window with a hopeless message for professional drivers,

“Don’t know when the gas is coming,” read the sign over the cashier’s window.

Witnesses have reported waits up to four hours, causing tension to boil over into conflict at times.

In response, many gas stations now have police chaperones — Weschler claimed that one of his drivers reported seeing a gas tanker on the BQE with a police escort, a dystopian detail backed up by multiple accounts on Twitter and Instagram.

The Mad Max-like drama is due to a complex set of infrastructure factors, state officials say. A limited supply of gasoline was available in the borough due to the closure of some refineries and ports as Hurricane Sandy barreled toward us. That supply dried up quickly as the demand from consumers increased in the aftermath of the storm, officials said.

Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at erosenberg@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2531. And follow him at twitter.com/emrosenberg.

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Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Did hear from Cuomo that there are numerous trucks on their way, so let's hope that everything at the gas stations will be back to normal by the end of the weekend.
Nov. 3, 2012, 5:05 pm
Bill from Boro Park says:
And this is what comes of building a society dependent on automobiles and fossil fuels. God bless the bicycles and electric vehicles!
Nov. 3, 2012, 7:16 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
How about trying to make electric cars more affordable to those such as myself, because I would get one if that was the case?
Nov. 3, 2012, 7:41 pm
Hipster Transplant from Midwest says:
How you like me and my fixie now, suckaz?
Nov. 3, 2012, 8:31 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
errrrrrrrr.... Bill, what do you suppose we charge those electric vehicles with? PBR?
Nov. 3, 2012, 8:33 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
Bill, why we are at it it do you want to get your fleet of bicycles and evacuate the hospitals with them? Better yet how do you propose we bring in the food supplies for the 8 million people in the city? Bicycle? Rickshaw? See how long you would live in you adopted Brooklyn if the internal combustion engine was not bringing in your food supply. Think it through. I have crayons if you are having trouble. I don't really see the GWB and the rail lines crowed with your beloved child's plaything bringing in enough artisanal goat cheese to feed a great city
Nov. 3, 2012, 8:39 pm
manhatposeur from brokelyn says:
SwampYankee you ahve to have a military mind and realizethe ability to adapt or adopt bicycles, public transportations, hybrids, and electric vehicles is the future. The storm made it very clear that reliance on fossil fuels soley is detrimental.
Sorry budy but if you think hispters are your problem, nature is the real enemy.
Nov. 3, 2012, 9:52 pm
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
Nature is to be accommodated, particularly when Manhattan is barely above sea level. IF we were to build it from scratch we might do a bit better, but we can't. It seems the weather has gotten more extreme in the last 10 years for whatever reason, so I don't think this will be the last storm. Have to figure out a better way to protect the tunnels and electrical infrastructure. If we didn't lose Public Transportation people would not panic as much The city needs subways. As for fossil fuels? Well the trains and trucks that supply the city with EVERYTHING run on fossil fuel and will continue to do so for our lifetime and a long time after that. Go to any shelve in any store and look at any item and it got there by track and train. Oh, except for a Masturbation Brothers $10 chocolate bar for hipsters. They boat those cocca beans in by boat from time to time, but the middle class can not afford the over-priced crap these transplants are selling. Perhaps a roof-top garden can feed the whole city?
Nov. 4, 2012, 1:58 am
ty from pps says:
Swampy -- Do you know how tiresome (and not helpful) your constant strawman argument is? "What, are we going to deliver all of our food to supermarkets on bicycles?" "What, are we going to have bicycle fire trucks?"

Uggh. You are a foolish man.

More people on bicycles and a more robust public transportation system. How is this anything but a POSITIVE thing? Neither of those take away your car.

And guess what? I know the benefits of cars, especially in our current situation. I'll be driving meals to Red Hook this afternoon. But I also know anything we can do to reduce the demand for gas is ALSO a good thing.
Nov. 4, 2012, 11:44 am
ty from pps says:
Oh, and yes... Rooftop farming is actually has HUGE potential in this city.

http://www.brooklyngrangefarm.com/about-the-grange/

"Currently, with over two acres of rooftop under cultivation in Brooklyn and Queens, we’ve sold over 40,000lbs of vegetables to restaurants, CSA members and directly to the public via weekly farmstands."

That actually DOES sound like a rooftop garden feeding the city!
Nov. 4, 2012, 11:50 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Before some of you start saying tough noogies on this, please keep in mind why some us do drive. Some live where they have barely any access to mass transit as well as being so distant from everywhere else, or happen to have shifts last at least half the day, almost the entire, or at late night making driving a better option. It's not as if most of those who drive do so for the fun of it, and I do know of that group, but they are not for this topic. I am a big supporter of both hybrids and electric cars, but they are not affordable for someone with an income such as mine, which is the reason why I don't have one right now, and there is no push to make them affordable either. Then again, there are those who hate any kind of car even if it was made not to produce emissions, because it's still a car no matter what. Another reason why some do drive and have to make such commutes mainly has to do with the fact that many do NOT have the luxury to live close enough to their work [like your hero Mark Gorton, the founder of Streetsblog does].
Nov. 4, 2012, 3:29 pm
Mozelle from Borough Park Gas Station says:
The BP station here opened up today with deliveries and 2000 gallons of that delivery was allocated for Maimonides Hospital Nurses, Doctors and necessary personnel. So the lines started and the Hassidic Jews decided to "take over" the station with about 200 people and 20 cars and minivans blocking off the Street. They proceed to "follow the rules" and form their own little conga line with gas cans in hand not allowing anyone on the block with their cars. Maimonides personnel were notified to go over to fill their cars to the max so that they could carpool in the Nurses, Doctors, Orderlies and PCTs but they could not get on the block. They walked over to see that the Jews took over the street and were forced to leave because the Jews ran the station dry before anyone else could come fill up.

Tonight, tomorrow and God knows how much longer, Maimonides Hospital will be severely understaffed to treat the same Medicaid stealing Jews who stole, yes I said stole! I mean ROBBED! The gas from this station that allocated gasoline for Maimonides Hospital. All this because the Hasidic Jews could not wait a few more days to buy their daily matzo.

So don't be alarmed if your elderly mother "accidentally" doesn't get enough anesthetic for her pain and screams in agony for a few hours. Don't be alarmed if the best personnel can not find your son's vein after 17 attempts with a nice large gauge needle. Don't be alarmed if your grandfather can not breath and they can't find a darn oxygen tank on the whole floor. And most of all , don't be alarmed if your infant is dying and there just aren't enough doctors and you have to wait another 2 hours as your baby dies in your arms.

Was it really worth a little gasoline? Couldn't you people just not feel so important? You'd better cut off those beards, and side hair thingies, take off those ugly hats, off with the overcoats, and put on some Brooklyn Nets Jackets, change your name from Finkelstein to SMITH because the whole hospital is majorly pissed at all Jews.
Nov. 4, 2012, 3:41 pm
TAXI DRIVER from BROOKLYN says:
I COPIED THIS OFF CL: The BP station here opened up today with deliveries and 2000 gallons of that delivery was allocated for Maimonides Hospital Nurses, Doctors and necessary personnel. So the lines started and the Hassidic Jews decided to "take over" the station with about 200 people and 20 cars and minivans blocking off the Street. They proceed to "follow the rules" and form their own little conga line with gas cans in hand not allowing anyone on the block with their cars. Maimonides personnel were notified to go over to fill their cars to the max so that they could carpool in the Nurses, Doctors, Orderlies and PCTs but they could not get on the block. They walked over to see that the Jews took over the street and were forced to leave because the Jews ran the station dry before anyone else could come fill up.

Tonight, tomorrow and God knows how much longer, Maimonides Hospital will be severely understaffed to treat the same Medicaid stealing Jews who stole, yes I said stole! I mean ROBBED! The gas from this station that allocated gasoline for Maimonides Hospital. All this because the Hasidic Jews could not wait a few more days to buy their daily matzo.

So don't be alarmed if your elderly mother "accidentally" doesn't get enough anesthetic for her pain and screams in agony for a few hours. Don't be alarmed if the best personnel can not find your son's vein after 17 attempts with a nice large gauge needle. Don't be alarmed if your grandfather can not breath and they can't find a darn oxygen tank on the whole floor. And most of all , don't be alarmed if your infant is dying and there just aren't enough doctors and you have to wait another 2 hours as your baby dies in your arms.

Was it really worth a little gasoline? Couldn't you people just not feel so important? You'd better cut off those beards, and side hair thingies, take off those ugly hats, off with the overcoats, and put on some Brooklyn Nets Jackets, change your name from Finkelstein to SMITH because the whole hospital is majorly pissed at all Jews.
Nov. 4, 2012, 7:42 pm
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
Mozelle,
Have we fallen so far in a week that we are "blaming the Jews"? Nice to see racism and bigotry is alive and well in the 21st century. Keep the flames of hate alive.
Nov. 4, 2012, 9:32 pm
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
Ty, rooftop farming is a joke. Didn't you read the the grange has lead in their eggs and all their bees got killed in the hurricane because they did not know how to take care of them? What is it with you hipsters and the bees? I'm well aware of the hipster paradise roof top vegan Brooklyn Grange and I don't believe their numbers for a second. The free market will kill them soon enough. $20 dollar a jar honey? you first. Larger point, can bicycles supply the city or do wee need trains and trucks. Forget internal distribution, getting food and supplies to the city? Can bicycles do that? Of course not. You are a foolish little man.
Nov. 4, 2012, 9:38 pm
ty from pps says:
I'll repeat since you keep saying stupid things.

Swampy -- Do you know how tiresome (and not helpful) your constant strawman argument is? "What, are we going to deliver all of our food to supermarkets on bicycles?" "What, are we going to have bicycle fire trucks?"

Uggh. You are a foolish man.

More people on bicycles and a more robust public transportation system. How is this anything but a POSITIVE thing? Neither of those take away your car.

And guess what? I know the benefits of cars, especially in our current situation. I'll be driving meals to Red Hook this afternoon. But I also know anything we can do to reduce the demand for gas is ALSO a good thing.
Nov. 5, 2012, 12:09 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
So I still can't get gas and therefore can't get to work and how is this good for the economy of New York City? Not all of us have alternative transportation options on hand. It is easy for Mark Groton to point the finger when he lives practically next door to where he works, but I live clear across town and thus have to rely on motoring. Which is why the government needs to step in to do whatever it takes to get the gas stations filled up for the taxpaying motorist majority. Also it is incliment weather so I don't know what kind of people want to show up at work all disheavled and stinky after biking for 50 kilometers, and probably delaying other motorists as they skip through traffic signs and signals. Before you go attacking me personally, just the fact that lineups are overwhelming clearly prooves that my arguments are valid. STreetsblogger zealouts like Ty and Other Mike will have you believe that biking is a panacea for all our problems, but the proof of the pudding says otherwise. And just like Israel gets blamed for all problems in the middle east, now the hasidic jews are being accused of monopolizing all the gas, which is ridiculous when you consider that many of them only drive to go to the Chabat house, which last time I checked freedom of religion was a founding principle of this country.
Nov. 5, 2012, 12:33 pm
WhoIsPretendingToBeTalToday? from OnlyVaguelyInterested says:
"50 kilometers?" Are we really supposed to believe this is tiresome Tal? If you're going to rip off somebody's name to make lame arguments, the least you can do is try to sound like them!

Or better yet, don't pretend! And don't post idiotic crud.
Nov. 6, 2012, 2 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
How about telling me where you at that time, or I will assume it was you impersonating me, and I do know where I was at that time of the comment yesterday.
Nov. 6, 2012, 6:17 pm

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