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There's a lot happening on the Hurricane Sandy relief front. Very little government or charity relief has reached places like Staten Island, South Brooklyn, Rockaway and Long Beach. Volunteers are mobilizing to bring food and water to the thousands in need. Carolyn's picks this week include some grassroots efforts with a local focus. Photo © Valery Rizzo

Brooklyn Flea & Smorgasburg
First, some good news: all four of the Flea’s sites weathered the storm and will be open as usual this weekend. Not only will the markets provide some great meeting spots to exchange news and get some much-needed cheering up in the form of good food and drink, they’ll each host a booth dedicated to the all-new Brooklyn Recovery Fund, which supports the local nonprofits who work with communities most affected by the hurricane. In addition, many of the vendors will doing their part to help in the relief efforts: Brooklyn Soda Works will donate 10% of sales to the Red Cross, Hash Bar will give all its proceeds to Sandy relief, and La Casa de Camba will be accepting food donations, which they’ll use to cook meals at shelters in the Rockaways. Read more on the Flea’s blog.

Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4 (Williamsburg, Fort Greene, and Dumbo)

Red Hook Benefit Run
In lieu of the cancelled marathon, Boerum Hill public house 61 Local is teaming up with the South Brooklyn Running Club to host a run to benefit Red Hook. There will be two courses, a 3.5 miler and a 6 miler. Both routes start and end at 61 Local. All proceeds will be donated to the Red Hook Initiative. Participants will be treated to a pre-run apple ginger soda from Brooklyn Soda Works and an apres-run beer or wine after.

Sunday, November 4th at 9am at 61 Local, 61 Bergen Street between Smith and Court (Boerum Hill). $10 minimum suggested donation.

South Brooklyn Unites
South Brooklynites: there’s never been a better time to support your local businesses. Starting today, restaurants, shops, and bars throughout Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, and Carroll Gardens will join together in a fundraiser to help neighboring spots that were devastated by Sandy. By Brooklyn has a handy list of the participants, including Henry PublicStinky Bklyn, Oaxaca, Van Horn, and many more. All the contributions will be donated to Restore Red Hook, a fund for dozens of small businesses who sustained costly damages during the hurricane.

Ongoing, at restaurants, shops and bars throughout Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, and Carroll Gardens

The Brooklyn Kitchen & the Meat Hook
The Williamsburg fixtures have rallied an amazing outpouring of community support for the Sandy victims of the Rockaways who lost almost everything. According to their Sandy relief page, they’re currently capped out for donations, but they’re currently looking for fueled-up cars and drivers to help distribute supplies. Keep an eye on their page for more ways to help in the future.

100 Frost St between Meeker and Manhattan Aves (Williamsburg)

Red Hook Initiative
The community organization has been a beacon for a neighborhood hit especially hard by the storm, and anyone looking to donate or help out can find plenty of information on their Twitter and Facebook pages. Currently, they’re seeking flashlights, ice, cleaning and medical supplies. Those interested in volunteer opportunities can also find day-to-day information; generally they request you show up at the start of open hours to receive the rest of the day’s assignment.

767 Hicks St at W 9th St (Red Hook)

Sip Away Sandy
Not sure how you can help your neighborhood? If volunteering or donating isn’t an option, show your support by visiting local bars and restaurants—your bill and tips help make up for lost revenue and wages during the hurricane, and help reinvigorate areas hurt by the storm. Join the movement on Facebook, started by local food advocates Molly Yeh and Carolyn Stanley (a.k.a. the author of this column), and meet us for a drink or start your own Sandy support crawl in your neighborhood. And for the businesses who aren’t back on their feet yet, stay tuned for future events to give them a properly warm welcome back. Our drink of choice: any beers from Sixpoint, whose Red Hook brewery suffered major damage during the storm.

Saturday, November 3 at 7pm, starts at Henry Public, 329 Henry St between Atlantic and Pacific Sts (Cobble Hill)

Eat Pork, Help New York
Seersucker and its sibling Smith Canteen open their doors on Monday with an old-fashioned pig roast, with all proceeds benefiting the Red Hook Initiative. There will be just one thing on the menu: roasted pork sandwiches with green tomato barbecue sauce on Martin’s potato rolls, four for $10. Pick up a dozen to go or sit down and eat with your neighbors, either way you’ll be chipping in to speed along Red Hook’s recovery.

Monday, November 5 at 6pm at Seersucker, 329 Smith St between President and Carroll Sts (Carroll Gardens)

Sour Election Night at Mission Dolores
The Park Slope beer bar was already planning an election night party, and they’ve nobly decided to make the event a fundraiser—they’ll be donating all of the evening’s profits to the Red Hook Initiative. So stop by to watch the ballot results roll in and sip some unusual sour beers, knowing that each pint you drink goes toward a neighborhood in need.

Tuesday, November 6 at 7pm at Mission Dolores, 249 4th Ave between President and Carroll Sts (Park Slope)


Help Dumbo Rebuild
Another area that didn’t fare so well is Dumbo, and to help speed along the recovery of the neighborhood’s small businesses, you can donate to the cause here. Next Wednesday, there will also be a fundraiser to benefit the many shops, restaurants, and cultural venues that took a hit, including Governor, One Girl Cookies, the Powerhouse Arena and more. The evening’s host, Galapagos Art Space, was able to reopen thanks to a huge amount of support and elbow grease from its employees and the community, so stop by to see the incredible transformation they’ve made since the storm.

Wednesday, November 7 from 6 to 10pm at Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main St at Water St (Dumbo). Donations start at $25.



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