I am writing this post from Berlin, where I have been since September. I have a few weeks left before my return to Red Hook, Brooklyn where my home still does not have heat or electricity. I am overwhelmed by the aftermath of Sandy and the devastation and difficulties Red Hook faces in its clean up. I am humbled by the out pour of help but also have had difficulties of my own not being in Red Hook to share in this burden of return to normalcy.
What makes Red Hook so special and sets apart from other Brooklyn neighborhoods is the small businesses. These locally owned businesses not only provide exceptional services but also play a key component in the strength of our community. Lucky Gallery has been supported numerous times through the generosity of local businesses through sponsorship and donations for events and exhibitions.
As a small business owner in Red Hook I know how difficult it is to run a business in our little corner of the world and now this challenge has been increased seventh-fold. These small businesses have been financially hit hard since most are street and basement level localities and have suffered severe water damage as well as financial distress due to closure and lack of resources. If I can’t be there to help rebuild I want at least to provide a list of resources for those who are in close proximity that can lend a helping hand and for those who can’t a way to donate.
RESTORE RED HOOK
Restore Red Hook aims to raise funds to help the small businesses of Red Hook, Brooklyn
RED HOOK NYC RECOVERS
Recovery organizing site for Red Hook neighborhood.
RED HOOK INITIATIVE
Info for volunteers, food and supply donations.
PORTSIDE HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY EFFORT
PortSide has set up a Sandy recovery station at 351 Van Brunt Street and offers Sandy recovery info on this site.
This list is expanding as needs get reassessed as the clean up continues. As information becomes available I will post on Lucky Gallery Facebook page. For all of those still experiencing difficulties with everyday challenges in Red Hook, my heart and thoughts are with you. In time this disaster will bring an already close-knit community even closer together.
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