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DUMBO Residents to Commemorate Sandy with Candlelight Vigil

By Janet Upadhye | October 29, 2013 9:45am
 Locals plan to meet at the Main Street entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park at 7:15 p.m on Oct. 29 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the storm.
DUMBO's Candlelight Vigil
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DUMBO — One year after Hurricane Sandy flooded the streets of DUMBO residents plan to light candles by the shore to reflect on the storm’s impact on their neighborhood.

The DUMBO Improvement District in partnership with the Brooklyn Longterm Recovery Group are set to host "Light up the Shore," a candlelight vigil taking place in seven hard hit Brooklyn neighborhoods including Coney Island, Red Hook and Gerritson Beach.

Hurricane Sandy floodwaters surged into the small waterfront neighborhood soaking several businesses and residences. Some of the hardest hit were One Girl Cookies and PowerHouse Arena, both of which had 4 feet of standing water inside their storefronts days after the storm. Jane’s Carousel was submerged by floodwaters but suffered little structural damage and several residences on the ground floor of 30 Main St. sustained serious water damage.

The DUMBO Business Improvement Distirct recently gave an update on how the neighborhood is faring a year after the storm, recounting that Galapagos Art Space, One Girl Cookies, PowerHouse Arena and Brooklyn Roasting Company reopened their doors just weeks after the storm. And months later, local favorites like Almondine, Aegir Boardworks, SmackMellon, Punto Bianco and White Wave Theater + Rabbit Hole studio were back in business.

Governor was not able to recover from damages but the new and highly popular Atrium opened in its place. And Water Street Bar and Grill will soon be replaced with a new eatery, according to the BID.

Officials at 30 Main St. told the BID that “the units that were most affected by Sandy should be complete by Thanksgiving."

And Jane’s Carousel is back to its original grandeur and recently added a state-of-the-art flood protection system.

The candlelight vigil will begin at the Main Street entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park at 7:15 p.m. on Oct. 29.