Relief efforts continue in storm-damaged Red Hook
by Kathleen Lees
Nov 13, 2012 | 1369 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Red Hook resident Miguel Cruz wiped his hands clean as he prepared for the day’s end. A worker at Buscarello Construction, Cruz, 52, said his apartment building was still recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

“There was four feet of water on the first floor,” said Cruz, who was still without power at his home on Carroll St. “For some people I know, it’s been even worse.”

Cruz is one of hundreds in Brooklyn and other boroughs still without power since the hurricane on October 29. Red Hook, one of the hardest hit areas in Brooklyn, is still picking up the pieces from the storm’s aftermath.

Yet many organizations are lending a helping hand to those in need.

This past Friday, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz helped welcome over 30,000 pounds of donations from Fairway Market, which would benefit Red Hook residents who had suffered during the storm.

While Fairway Market is currently dealing with the temporary closure of its store in Red Hook due to the hurricane, staff worked with local vendors to help deliver donations of food, water and other items to aid local food banks, emergency relief shelters, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters.

“This is a time where if residents can help, we need your help,” Markowitz said.

Howie Glickberg, chairman and grandson of the founder of Fairway Market, said that with the help of staff and volunteers, Fairway’s site at 480 Van Brunt Street would be back up and running in a few months.

“Fairway’s going to be back, and we want Red Hook to be back soon, also,” Glickberg said. “We’re doing our part to help out right now.”

Julie Davids, a member of the Occupy Sandy movement, was also out lending help. A resident of Kensington, Davids said she was hoping that donations like this would inspire others to help out during times of hardship, particularly for those in Red Hook.

“We’re all New Yorkers, we’re all resilient and we’re going to make a comeback,” Markowitz said.
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