In the immediate days following Hurricane Sandy, residents of Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill have been able to rebound as a community very quickly.
While streets are still littered with split trees and delayed garbage pickups, many stores and restaurants have reopened, public resources like the library are returning and, with notable exceptions, utilities are on the rise.
As strides are made in recovery efforts, power is slowly restored and debris towed away from brownstone Brooklyn, it is important to remember that just because your lights are back on, not everyone else's are.
The neighboring waterfront community of Red Hook is seriously struggling.
Thousands have been without power since Monday. That means not only the lights are out, but there is a lack of fresh water, ice, and other basic amenities.
If you'd like to join the effort to help:
- Coats and blankets are being collected by the Red Hook Initiative at Citibank on Court Street between Carroll Street and 1st Place on Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Bags of nonperishable foods are being accepted at Tres Belle Spa.
- Red Hook Initiative is also accepting non-perishable food, water, ice, batteries, flashlights, candles, and financial contributions at their headquarters, located at 767 Hicks Street at West 9th Street. They open at 10 a.m.
- Volunteers are needed in Coffee Park, located at Verona between Richard and Dwight Streets. The New York City Parks Department and residents will be cleaning up the area beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday. There will also be a need for assistance with food distribution mid-day.
If you can't make a donation or travel to Red Hook to volunteer, you can still help the neighborhood's economy by frequenting local small businesses in our area.
Beginning Saturday, November 3, a group of sympathetic owners along Smith Street, unofficially calling themselves "South Brooklyn Unites," will be donating proceeds to their cousins on the water.
Some of the preliminary participating businesses include: By Brooklyn, Arthur on Smith, Shelsky's Smoked Fish, Stinky Bklyn, Smith & Vine, Brooklyn Refinery, Musician's General Store, Rime, among many others. More information will become available soon, but make time in your schedule to patronize these establishments this weekend.