Above: Gerritsen Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade last weekend, which honored local community groups for their work during Superstorm Sandy.
It’s been over five months since Superstorm Sandy. And while the national news has shifted their focus from our shores, our city has continued the hard work of recovery. The road back has been much rockier for some than others, but we can all take pride in the community-based efforts that have made a significant improvement in the lives of our neighbors since October.
The Brooklyn Community Foundation is committed to ensuring that each of our neighborhoods—particularly hard-hit Red Hook, Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay, Gerritsen Beach, and Canarsie—realizes a full recovery.
Through the Brooklyn Recovery Fund, you’ve given more than $2 million to support the collaborative work of residents, businesses, neighborhood associations, and nonprofits helping to rebuild Brooklyn stronger and more resilient.
Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing stories from the recovery. Sandy’s toll was different in each of our communities, and therefore the speed and extent of the recovery has been different for each—and different within each. The story for residents is not the same as businesses, and likewise for renters compared to homeowners.
While the tales are not all rosy, we are confident that Brooklyn’s recovery, and the lessons, new partnerships and stronger networks it has stemmed, will continue to move forward and make our borough an effective model for the future.
This week, we are sharing a few of these stories making headlines across the borough:
In Red Hook:
- Red Hook Group Bridges Digital Gap Left By Storm (NY1)
- New chapter: Red Hook library turns the page on Hurricane Sandy (Brooklyn Paper)
In Coney Island:
- Coney’s Aquarium rebounds, rebuilds after Sandy (Brooklyn Eagle)
- Peaceful Rally At Coney Island Opening Highlights Area's Sandy Concerns (NY1)
- Nonprofit Offers Sandy Recovery Grants To Zone B Locals With Few Options (NY1)
- New Sandy help center opens in Canarsie (News 12)
In Sheepshead Bay:
- 40 Percent of Sheepshead Firms Still Shut Post-Sandy (Brooklyn Bureau)
- After the deluge: Sheepshead Bay mom and pops reopening after Sandy fear for their survival (Daily News)
In Gerritsen Beach:
- Waterfront Residents Say Mandatory Sandy Repairs Are Too Costly (NY1)
- Troubled teens give back to beleaguered residents of Gerritsen Beach, a community devastated by Hurricane Sandy (Daily News)
As we continue to distribute financial help and technical assistance, we encourage you to continue your support.
On April 16th, the Brooklyn Recovery Fund will be the charity partner of Tasting Brooklyn. Enjoy food and beverage from dozens of local business while supporting local recovery. Purchase your tickets here.
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A Tree(house) Grows in Brooklyn
Once you’ve caught up on the latest recovery coverage, stop by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden this weekend to see the borough’s newest post-Sandy rebuild: the “Sandy Remix” a giant nest made of trees felled during the storm made by architect Roderick Romero. The installation opens to the public Saturday, April 6th.
Run for Hope 5K
This spring, help pay tribute to the legacy of a young Brooklyn public servant, Hope Reichbach. The first annual Run for Hope 5K Run/Walk will take place on April 28th in Prospect Park, on the two year anniversary of her passing. All proceeds from the race will go directly to the Hope Reichbach Memorial Fund at the Brooklyn Community Foundation, which provides sponsored summer internships at nonprofits in Brooklyn. Learn more.