Hurricane Sandy News from Local Businesses - Brooklyn
The superstorm Sandy (dubbed by news media as "Frankenstorm") rocked the NYC area. Many of the businesses in Brooklyn, Staten Island, and the surrounding boroughs have been affected.
Local businesses throughout Brooklyn--including Redhook, Coney Island, Carroll Gardens, Gowanus, Sunset Park, Mill Basin, DUMBO, Canarsie, Brighton Beach, Bensonhurst, Fort Greene, and Dyker Heights--are rising to the challenge of repairing our area and helping out. Staten Island was especially hard-hit, with the South Shore of Staten Island, Mariners Harbor, Midland Beach, and towns all over the island without power and flooded for days. Beyond donating food, water, emergency goods, clothing, and money towards relief, you can help by supporting your local businesses as they rebuild.
Scroll through to find the latest news and what businesses are doing to help.
United Way of New York City
United Way of New York City is awarding $100,000 in grants to local community-based organizations that were severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy in some of the most devastated communities.
Selected grantees were each damaged by the Hurricane but have found ways to continue to serve their clients. The grant money will provide these organizations with immediate relief.
The organizations receiving grants in Brooklyn are: CAMBA, Coney Island Light House Mission/ACTS Community Development Corporation, YWCA/Roberta Bright Early Learning Center, Added Value and Herban Solutions, Inc., Center for Court Innovation/Red Hook Justice Center.
In partnership with a Heart Campaign, FasTracKids invites everyone from all five boroughs to its fundraiser to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.
On Saturday, Dec. 15 from 4-6:40pm, FasTracKids at 150 4th Ave., in Park Slope will host a fundraiser, a bake sale, and live entertainment. Children are invited to make dessert; the creator of "the best yummy dessert" will win a one-year scholarship to the FasTracKids enrichment program.
FasTracKids will also be collecting old children's coats, hats, toys, and blankets to donate to victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Located just 5 minutes away from the new Barclays Center, FasTracKids is a world-renowned educational enrichment program designed by experts in early childhood education to aid children ages 2-8 in reaching their full learning potential and also promotes social skills, leadership, and critical thinking.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Botanic Garden has closed to the public in anticipation of the storm approaching the metropolitan area today. Pending the outcome of the storm, the Garden will reopen to the public at the earliest possible opportunity. Check bbg.org for updates.
After reopening, BBG will continue to offer its free winter weekday admission, as well as special Light in Winter programming designed to highlight the Garden’s beauty during the colder months.