After Sandy5

Posted by Deirdre // 11-03-2012


It’s hard to even put words together still. We are fine. Our neighborhood – besides several downed trees and a slightly changed landscape of Prospect Park – is fine. But the city is not. I have that low-lying ache in my gut that I had after 9/11. The devastation is not as severe – for most – yet the feeling that everything is changed, forever, is there. And for some, it is way worse.

Rockaway Beach after Sandy via NY Daily News

Rockaway Stone Wall at about 84th Street in September

There are places that my family and I have loved visiting year after year – Coney Island, The Rockaways, Sheepshead Bay and Manhattan Beach – that are completely decimated. And it’s hard to know what to do. We’re gathering clothing to donate, batteries, flashlights, wipes, and today taking them to JJ Byrne Park in Park Slope where they will be taken to Red Hook by Park Slope Parents, who is doing a great job of keeping up with ways to help. I will also likely donate time today to help organize supplies or drive them where they’re needed. It’s the only way to not feel so helpless. It is simply overwhelming.

If you’re far from the devastation and want to help, I would say don’t bother with the Red Cross. People need things like clothing and food NOW and I think the best thing to do is donate to a local charity or city council that will take them where they’re needed. See some options below. I’m sure the same is happening in Westchester, Fairfield and Jersey. Long Island was also walloped, especially Long Beach. I’ll do my best to find some local non-profits in those areas for donations, or if you know of any please post in the comments. We’ll get through this, slowly but surely.

Brooklyn Neighbors is taking donations to buy things like underwear and towels in bulk for those in local shelters

The NY Aquarium was completely overcome by a surge of water and needs help recovering

You can take or send non-perishable items to Councilman Stephen Levin’s office at 410 Atlantic Ave (at Bond): WATER desperately needed — sending it to folks in the Breezey Point Area; UNUSED Toiletries, Baby Items (diapers, wipes, blankets) They are there 9:30 5:30 but if you need to donate later please call ahead 718.875-5200.

Donate tech skills to local businesses (I believe you can do this from home)

Park Slope Parents also has a list of local drop-boxes in many neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

Occupy Sandy was created by the Occupy Wall Street group. They are collecting goods, galvanizing volunteers and lending their skills to address the issues.


4 Responses

  1. carlo says:
    November 25th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Look at the first photo. The ocean has relocated the boardwalk with the “94th St” sign still attached.

  2. carlo says:
    November 25th, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    The last picture, “Rockaway Stone Wall at about 84th Street in September”, if you look in the distance there is a boardwalk. That boardwalk is no longer there.

  3. Jason says:
    November 3rd, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Thanks for sharing. Very moving. Glad to see all is well with you and your family.

    • Deirdre says:
      November 3rd, 2012 at 11:59 am

      Thanks Jason. Hard to imagine what Daniella is going through right now…she lost everything.