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Sunny’s and Steve’s Are Back, But Red Hook Is Still Smarting From Sandy

The new location of Steve

The new location of Steve’s Key Lime Pies.

Steve Tarpin remembers the night that Hurricane Sandy destroyed his beloved Red Hook bakery, Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies. “By 6 p.m. the water was lapping up at my feet,” he recalls. “And we were still three hours away from high tide… I came back around 2:30 a.m., and had to drive through a fair bit of water. Took a quick look and realized there was absolutely nothing I could do. Came back in the morning, we were about three feet underwater.”
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Schumer On Sandy Aid: ‘The First Year Was Too Slow’

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

A day before Hurricane Sandy’s first anniversary, Mayor Bloomberg showed up at New York University flanked by aides, a congressional delegation and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, all of them there to announce a fresh infusion of $1.34 billion in federal funds to help rebuild homes, businesses and infrastructure damaged in New York City by its worst natural disaster. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had already provided the city with more than $1.7 billion earlier this year, a mere pittance compared to the enormity of Sandy’s devastation across five states on the Eastern seaboard.
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The Space at Tompkins Is Finally Getting an Actual Space From Which to Help the Homeless

Andrea Stella, center. (Photo: Space at Tompkins)

The Space at Tompkins, despite its name, is a “completely street-based” organization, according to co-founder Andréa Stella. But next month the non-profit — which connects the city’s transient homeless with anything from peanut butter sandwiches to clean needles — will get an actual space of its own. If only for a week.
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It Happened: A Pop-Up Popped Up in a Pop-Up

Shortly after we opened our pop-up Newsroom last month, we discovered that Made in the Lower East Side — no stranger to setting up pop-ups in underused spaces — had a new project: a Storefront Transformer that instantly turns any vacant corner into a shop, classroom, or office. A lightbulb popped up over our head: could we create a pop-up within a pop-up?
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Sorry, You Already Missed Everybody’s Favorite Former President in the East Village

Sorry, You Already Missed Everybody’s Favorite Former President in the East Village
(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

The world’s most powerful peanut farmer and everyone’s — well, okay, this reporter’s — favorite ex-Prez made an appearance in the East Village today. Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn held a press conference this afternoon to look back at their 30 years of community service for Habitat Humanity. Awkward looking Secret Service agents milled about in the middle of East 6th Street while press, local residents, and habitat volunteers gathered across the street from Mascot Flats, the first Carter Work Project site.
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A Year After the Fire, East Yoga Is Back On Its Feet (er, Hands?)

286You can’t keep a good yoga studio downward.

Almost a year to the day that a fire tore through it, East Yoga has announced that it’ll reopen Sunday, October 13. “A lot of hard work, perseverance, and relying on the support of our community has all paid off!” the popular East Village studio writes in its newsletter, referring to the benefits it held after it lost its space at 212 Avenue B.
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A Man, His Dog, and Their Citi Bike

(Photo: Kristin Koslowski)

(Photo: Kristin Koslowski)

We’re all for taking Citi Bikes to new places, but this? B + B reader Kristin Koslowski sent us this photo and asked:

First person to accessorize their Citi Bike? Seen in Alphabet City, he has a doggy seat that cantilevers off the seat. Anywhere the Citi Bike can go in 45 mins, so can the doggy. Wonder what other Citi Bike attachments we’ll see soon.

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Got Student Loans? Sal A. Mander (Actual Name) Has a Plan Involving a Van

A man and his van. (Photo courtesy of Sal Mander)

A man and his van. [Photo: John (Tex) O’Connor]

Sal Mander prefers sleeping in his van in the winter to anywhere he’s ever slept. “It’s cozy! . . . I sleep soundly in there,” he said convincingly. But, still. “The first time it dropped below freezing and I went into my van to sleep, I remember sitting on my memory-foam mattress, and it felt like I was sitting on a stack of, like, refrigerated cardboard boxes. I went, ‘Oh shit, I got into the wrong van.’ . . . And then I realized, ‘No, it’s just frozen!’” But Mander swears “once you pull two or three thick blankets over your head and breathe a few breaths, in five minutes, you’re warm.”
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