nyc marathon*The effects of Superstorm/Hurricane Sandy on New York City are becoming more and more evident everyday.

It’s not a pretty picture and there’s a lot of suffering going on. However, in the midst of all that …

Mayor Bloomberg is pushing ahead with the race even as storm-stricken residents struggle with basics like electricity and water.

Critics are asking: is this too much of a stretch right now? The Daily Beast’s Eliza Shapiro reports.

Plus, read Matt Zeitlin on the soaring costs of the hurricane, Caitlin Dickson on the gas shortage in New York, and more coverage of the hurricane and its aftermath.

Read/learn more at The Daily Beast.

ALSO: Storm’s Death Toll Hits 90
Meanwhile Hurricane Sandy’s official death toll reached 90 on Thursday evening, as repair crews and government officials raced to restore power and basic services in the areas devastated by the superstorm.

Thirty-eight were killed in New York City alone, where residents were getting restless after three days without electricity and a fully functioning mass-transit system.

Bridges to the city were opened, but authorities imposed a carpooling rule that required at least three people in each vehicle.

Gasoline shortages have forced many cab and car-service companies to pull vehicles off the roads, further complicating an already delicate transportation situation

Read/learn more at The Daily Beast.