WILLIAMSBURG — Sandy may have spared most of North Brooklyn the brunt of its wrath, but the storm pushed the neighborhood's entrepreneurs to unite — this time, to help regions outside their own.
The new collective From Brooklyn With Love — which includes about 60 businesses in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick — is hosting constant donation deliveries, fundraising parties and volunteer events to aid Rockaway Beach, DUMBO, and other spots hit hard by the hurricane.
The participants include well-known bars and restaurants — like Brooklyn Brewery, Roberta's Pizza, Brooklyn Bowl, the Brooklyn Kitchen and Teddy's Bar and Grill — plus retail shops like Artists & Fleas and Pilgrim Surf Shop, the site notes.
And Brooklyn Brewery's owner Stephen Hindy — who said his distributor in Red Hook had some minor wind damage but that in general "everything has gotten sidetracked" since Sandy for all local businesses — noted that the organizing effort has already reaped results.
"We did a release party for the beer 'There Will be Black' and asked people to contribute, and we raised about $2,500," he said. "And the relief agency World Cares has been using our warehouse to put together blankets and other supplies."
As for locals looking to get involved, the group's blog has constant updates with lists of volunteering and training opportunities.