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.” More →
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. More →
Never one to disappoint, this year’s Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade was better than ever, with plenty of pop culture references, team costumes, and even a fairy tale marriage proposal. Click through the images to see the nods to Breaking Bad, Anthony Weiner, Banksy and more.
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. More →
DIYers, has the closing of 3rd Ward left you thinking, WTF?
Tonight, skill-share network Brooklyn Brainery — along with CourseHorse, 319 Scholes and dozens of other skill-share organizations and art and co-working spaces — await you with open arms at a free event sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery. Local author and writing workshop instructor Robin Grearson organized the informal networking mixer, “What’s Next? Creating Community,” so that members of the now defunct 3rd Ward — a long-standing creative education network that suddenly shuttered its doors on October 8th amidst much controversy — could connect in person. More →
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? More →
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. More →
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. More →
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.
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.” More →