As we reported earlier this week, the former bartender/manager and chef of shuttered bar The Habitat are also looking for some help after their post-Habitat plans to move to Puerto Rico were seriously derailed following the hurricane. Additionally, local salon The Karcher (72 Greenpoint Ave) is collecting used Halloween costumes, and the proceeds from the sales will benefit hurricane victims. As it turns out, there are tons of upcoming events (including two tonight!) to benefit recovery efforts—so here’s even more ways you can donate, have fun and throw back a drink or two!
Sanctuary: Puerto Rico Benefit Show After Party @ Magick City | 37 Box Street Friday, October 6th | 11pm-4am $15, More info DJ sets from: Andrew VanWyngarden (@nadrewvanwyngarden MGMT), Noah Prebish & Brother Michael (@noah_spine @brother.michael PSYMON SPINE), Rory O’Connor (@nitemoves Nitemoves / Tycho) Continue reading →
Greenpointers, you’ve been a major tight-knit community. You poured in, drank, and reveled in the last days at the Habitat and shared your touching stories with us about our beloved watering hole. And now, two amazing ladies behind the Habitat need your help.
Nicole Orlando and Ashley Engmann were some of your favorite friendly faces (besides the Johns, of course) at the Habitat. Nicole poured your fave beers at the front and managed the bar, while Ashley was the chef behind your favorite dishes (those wings!). When the Habitat was nearing the end of its tenure, Nicole and Ashley were planning a new life full of hope: they would relocate to Puerto Rico for new opportunities. Then, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and now their dreams are on hold. Continue reading →
This Sunday at our Fall Market (10/1) at the Greenpoint Loft from 1-7pm, we will have two non-shopping tables you should definitely swing by. One is for the Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund, and the other is for the Greenpoint Hunger Program. Here’s a little about each of these important causes:
Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund The devastating effects of hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico are still unfolding, but one thing is certain—the island’s most vulnerable communities are likely to be pummeled the hardest and face the longest road to recovery. Low-income communities of color often face the worst destruction and slowest recovery and have fewer resources to safeguard homes, vehicles, and other property. When the winds die down and the floods recede, these communities are often forgotten by reconstruction efforts, and underserved by insurance companies. The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund will be housed at the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD). One hundred percent of monies raised will be used to support immediate relief, recovery, and equitable rebuilding in Puerto Rico for the communities hit hardest by the storm. The Fund is governed by organizations like Puerto Rico-based Taller Salud, the G8 of Caño Martín Peña, and other local, grassroots organizations.
The Greenpoint Hunger Program If you have not heard from your neighbors about the Soup Kitchen + Food Pantry of the Greenpoint Reformed Church’s Hunger Program, the volunteer-based organization is a vital part of Greenpoint, for those in need. The kitchen serves more than 800 hungry people every month in the North Brooklyn Community and beyond.On Wednesday evenings, they serve a delicious community dinner. On Thursdays, they distribute groceries from the food pantry. According to the Church, “It costs about $5,000 per week to host the meal and keep food pantry running,” so they need your monetary and volunteer support. Stop by their table to find out more about donating your time or dollars.
Local salon The Karcher (72 Greenpoint Ave) is seeking your clean and gently used costumes (for kids and adults!) now through Sunday October 15, for a sale on Saturday Oct 21 & Sunday Oct 22, which will benefit hurricane relief. At the sale, costumes will be affordably priced between $5-10.
Dropoff your costume donations at The Karcher | 72 Greenpoint Ave Dropoff times/open hours: Tuesday 2pm-9pm, Wednesday and Thursday 10am-9pm, Friday to Sunday 10am-7pm, Closed Monday
I am usually regarded as the “Hipster Defense Council” and am a self proclaimed bicycle advocate but come on people, when the Pulaski Bridge is packed with stranded G train commuters, don’t be dicks, walk your bikes! The Pulaski Bridge is already too narrow to accommodate as much foot and bicycle traffic it gets on a normal day.
During rush hour last night, it was treacherous to bike. The only option was to slowly weave in and out of rows of people, some elderly, some toting kids and it was not safe.
It doesn’t take very long to just walk the bike over. Do it! We are all in this together.
I won’t even get into how ridiculous the line of cars waiting on the Pulaski Bridge to full up gas tanks was.
Walk your bike when you are in a mob of confused people. We are all trying to get home after miserable commutes post #sandy.
I am working from my iPad with no Internet. Please follow on our Facebook and/or twitter for more timely updates.
This morning the Mayor is urging New Yorkers to stay inside because of downed trees and power lines that may have juice running through them. Not to mention the wind is still pretty forceful out there. Just be smart and be careful.
Your tap water is safe to drink.
If you go out avoid walking through big puddles and coming into contact with water that has overflowed from the East River or Newtown Creek. If you do, wash your hands thoroughly and bleach anything else.
Do not go into parks and avoid walking under big trees. Stay away from wires.
Email #sandy photos and recounts of your experiences to Greenpointers at gmail dot com.
Glad we got through the worst of this together. We have our mayor and amazing emergency workers to thank for a sleepless night and tireless efforts to keep NYC safe.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to reach the area Tuesday, catching up with some other messy weather systems and sticking around for Halloween in what dramatic meteorologists are calling a Frankenstorm. Damage is estimated to be in the billions.
Don’t panic. Figure out if you are in an evacuation zone, then determine where you will go if the city calls for an evacuation.
If you live in Greenpoint or Williamsburg your home may be in an evacuation zone, with those of you closest to the Easter River at the most risk of flooding. The best thing to do is know what zone you are in A, B, or C, with A being the most likely of damage.
If the city deems it necessary for you to evacuate, find a friend who is not in an evacuation zone or go to an Evacuation Center.