Hurricane Sandy shines spotlight on local news

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NY1's Roger Clark, reporting from Coney Island. ()
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All of New York's major news outlets have their fleets out in full force to cover Hurricane Sandy, which was slowly but surely creeping up the eastern seaboard Monday afternoon.

"We have been live since this morning at 4 a.m. and we have reporters covering the storm in all five boroughs," a spokesperson for NY1 told Capital.

But not all the coverage is as local as that. With the networks and major papers having to cover big markets and address the national story, too, it's local online media that often proves to be the most valuable resource for figuring out what's open and what's closed, where streets are blocked and just where the damage is.

"The entire DNAinfo New York staff of reporters and editors are working throughout the storm from across the city," said DNAinfo managing editor Michael Ventura. "Reporters are currently covering geographic areas where they live, as well as stories they can uncover by email and phone in their neighborhood beats.”

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On Monday afternoon, such stories included the swelling of the polluted Gowanus canal; East Harlem public housing residents defying an evactuation order; and flooding in Far Rockaway.

Elsewhere, The Local East Village was letting people know which supermarkets and restaurants were still open; Bowery Boogie was delivering scenes of hotel-construction damage on the Lower East Side; and The Brooklyn Paper was compiling the latest news on downed trees and rising waters.

Over in Park Slope, the editor of the local Patch site was answering readers' questions in real time. Out in Rockaway Beach, NY1 political director Bob Hardt was liveblogging the worsening weather conditions from the spot where Sandy is expected to first make landfall here. And across the Hudson River, The Jersey City Independent had the latest on the local driving ban, shelter pickups and sandbag distribution.

We're looking for more of the best stuff, so send suggestions to joe [at] capitalnewyork.com and we'll update this post as they come in.

Mary Bakija of Ditmas Park Corner writes: "We've been constantly updating with photos from neighbors of the damage that's already piling up. It's a mess, and we're not looking forward to the 'after' pics if these are just the beginning."

A reader writes in the comments: "EV Grieve ... are giving better and hyperlocal coverage in the East Village."

Capital's Azi Paybarah sends over a link to Sheepshead Bites ("Sheepshead Bay's only independent news blog"), which has lots of reader-submitted photos and videos as well as other Sandy news.

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