Friday, November 2, 2012

Support Your Local Businesses

Robicelli's Cupcakes
It's been a rough week in New York, but I can't help but feel so fortunate. Compared to the losses that many people have suffered up and down the East Coast, our complaints are few and small. So many small businesses and individuals are hurting from personal and financial losses. What's heartening are the stories of how New Yorkers are pitching in to help each other whether it's tweets from one restaurant or shop to another to help with refridgerator or storage space or hearing about food trucks delivering food to areas without power...

Eater has a comprehensive list of restaurants that are open or you can follow the #openinNYC twitter tag. If you have cabin fever, check them out and tip your servers well, the undoubtably had to work hard just to get there.

Lots of community organizations are seeking volunteers to help with donations, cooking, and delivering food to affected areas. Whether it's dropping off much needed water and paper goods to the drive at PS 32 for the Red Hook Houses or connecting with the Red Hook Initiative help out. NYC council member Stephen Levin is collecting supplies for Rockaways, BreezyPoint and Coney Island. You can drop off toiletries, diapers, insulin, batteries, and flashlights at his office at 410 Atlantic Ave. Follow him on twitter for more info. And here are some more resources for how to help around the city and in NJ.

These are just some of the ways you can pitch in. Reach out in your own neighborhood if you can and again, don't forget the small businesses--listen to Allison Robicelli on Heritage Radio, maker of the fantastic cupcakes seen above, describing the Sandy aftermath as a business in Zone A. Shop local and encourage your friends and family to do the same, your community needs you.

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