It's a long weekend, so why not volunteer for Hurricane Sandy relief? I am about to schlep 14 lbs of carrot salad over there, and after signing in here http://tinyurl.com/RHIvols was asked to go help out this afternoon. If you have some time, and a way to get to Red Hook, Brooklyn, please sign up to help via the Red Hook Initiative.
DUMBO seems pretty normal, more or less. So, if you don't want to work but do want to spend, go shop at some of the local stores there.
Coney Island is hurting, as is SeaGate and of course the Rockaways. Ooomph, a kick in the stomach.