The MTA provided buses throughout the night to take people from a Red Cross center to a shelter at the Salvation Army.
The explosion was heard as far as 40 blocks away from the scene. Thick black smoke has been billowing out of the explosion site for hours.
The grant went to New York Cares. It will fund the purchase of coats for children and adults in communities throughout Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island still recovering from Superstorm Sandy.
Some advocates suggested the relief organization should have acted with more urgency in the weeks after the storm and left long-haul recovery tasks to someone else.