It's a weird weekend in Brooklyn. A three day weekend, at that, with Veterans Day observed on Monday November 12th (no school, again!). There are the normal fun things to do in the borough, except maybe for the gas rationing (learn how it works), and some subway delays (get the latest transportation update). And, you can also spend a little time figuring out how to help our own neighbors who were hard hit by the storm. And if you are hoping to do a little disaster tourism in hard-hit Brooklyn areas, which honestly I don't know whether local residents would appreciate or hate, please be generous and spend as much money as you can in local shops, if any are open. Better, in places like Red Hook, you could just go online and make a modest donation to the nonprofit campaign Restore Redhook (tax deductible). Others seeking relief funds to use include the well established Brooklyn Recovery Fund , and Coney Island Recovers, a new umbrella organization, which hasn't yet got but is seeking tax-deductible status.
Fun Things Going on This Weekend in Brooklyn (get info here)
- Nov. 9-10: Open Studios at Pratt Institute
- Fri. Nov. 9: Dia de los Muertos "Day of the Dead" (Sunset Park)
- Saturday: Veterans Day events at Brooklyn Navy Yard
- Ongoing: Next Wave Festival at BAM
- Weekend, Nov. 10-11: Brooklyn Flea
- Parks are open
Want to Help the Hurricane Victims?
- Stand Up to Sandy" benefit this Sunday, November 11th with Sherri Shepherd and Caroline Rhea at 236 West 78th Street Manhattan
- 30 Ways to Help the Recovery and Relief Effort
- Brooklyn Libraries Double as Collection Centers: What to Bring & Where Friday & Saturday (closed Sun/Mon)
- Think about Your Thanksgiving Plans: How to Help the Hurricane Homeless Get Thru the Holiday
- Donate to the new Brooklyn Recovery Fund (if it's good enough for Seinfeld, it's good enough for me). You can text BROOKLYN to 25383 to donate $10.
Also, recommended reading: an amazing report of the heroics involved in the restoration of the NYC Transit system, in Friday's NY Times. Homeric, almost.