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Ellen Freudenheim

Veteran's Day Monday in Brooklyn: Unsually Warm Weather, As Borough Struggles to Help Our Own Post-Hurricane Sandy

By November 12, 2012

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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?

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.

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