Download: New Jens Lekman Song About Being In NY During Sandy

From Jens Lekman’s website:

Back in October, my pianist Jonas got stuck in New York after the city got hit by hurricane Sandy. The roads were flooded, flights were cancelled, even the Chinatown buses stood still. This was two days before our west coast tour was supposed to start. I decided to ask for your help. I asked if anyone would be able to drive him to Boston where I knew we could get him on a plane. In return I offered a little money and a song.

I was shocked when I checked my email a few minutes later and it was packed with people wanting to help. Shortly I had two girls on the case, Olivia and Maddy. I promised them a song for their job and so here it is. On the last day of the year.

Olivia & Maddy

It’s of course a song for all of you who offered to help. And as I sing in the song, I didn’t know I had such an army to mobilize. I wonder what else we can do? To start with, maybe I could get you to donate a few bucks to those directly affected by the hurricane itself.

Happy new year to all of you, I hope I get to see you soon.

Download the track here: MP3: Olivia and Maddy

Drink Craft Beer, Provide Sandy Relief

Sign up here.

Join the New York City Brewers Guild on December 4th to help give to the communities that need it most, through the organizations that know them best: Rockaway Surf Club, Red Hook Initiative & Coney Recovers. All funds raised with be split equally amongst the three organizations.

General Admission tickets are $40, and are good for a commemorative tasting glass and unlimited samples from all sixteen breweries. Food will be available for purchase from Wafles and Dinges and Munchie Mobile.

Participating breweries include:
Bronx Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, Eataly Birreria, KelSo, Shmaltz Brewing Co., Sixpoint, Blue Point, Dogfish Head, Empire Brewing Co., Founders, Lagunitas, Ommegang, Peak Organic, Heartland, Smuttynose, Saranac

We hope you’ll join the NYCBG is supporting the neighborhoods that are rebuilding, that inspire us, and that are part of what makes our NYC brewing comm

Incredible Footage Of Hurricane Sandy Shot in Williamsburg

Filmmaker John Mattiuzzi:

When I set out to film my neighborhood in Williamsburg, Brooklyn the night of the hurricane, I did not anticipate the footage I was about to film. My main goal was to make a short film of whatever I captured that night. A small art film was the idea. But after the explosion, things quickly changed for me. Two weeks later, I finally had time to edit this film together, and show a small perspective of the storm: “A One Block’s Story.”

From Brooklyn With Love: Find Out How Help With Sandy Relief In Northern Brooklyn


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.”

Find out where to drop off donations here.
Find out where to volunteer here.
View the event calendar here.
Or just visit

We Got This – Occupy’s Hurricane Sandy work

We Got This (Occupy Sandy) from Alex Mallis on Vimeo.

There’s been plenty of criticism about Occupy. I reported on it for almost a year and I totally get it. There were plenty of shortcomings. Occupy’s outreach for Hurricane Sandy victims, however, is not one of those shortcomings. As the video shows, they have set up a commander center to organize and get out goods. OccupySMS was created so those without power or internet but with a cell phone could reach out for help.

Occupy has two outposts good for new volunteers in Clinton Hill and Sunset Park.

No, Con Ed Isn’t Reimbursing You For Thrown Out Food

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Forget what you may have heard about Con Ed reimbursing you for the food you threw out when you lost power during Hurricane Sandy. Con Ed does allow customers to file a claim for spoiled food and medication, but it turns out this doesn’t apply to last week’s hurricane.

“Because the severe storm was beyond our control, Con Edison is not responsible for property damage or other losses,” the website states. This includes people who lost power due to the pre-emtive shutting off of electricity as opposed to the actual outage. The site continues to list the amounts you can get back (up to $450 for residential customers and $9,000 for commercial ones) and how to go about doing so, but reminds you “the information below does not apply to outages resulting from Hurricane Sandy.”

BREAKING: The L Train Is Back!

The L train is back, according to MTA CEO and Chairman Joe Lhota’s personal Twitter feed. The line had been closed for more than a week due to Hurricane Sandy. Trains are running once every ten minutes according to @MTAInsider.

Service resumed on the G train yesterday morning.

Drink Beer, Help With Sandy Relief at Brooklyn Brewery Tonight

via Greenpointers:

Tonight Monday 11/5 at 7:30pm, Brooklyn Brewery (79 No. 11th St) is having a party for their new beer There Will Be Black and will contribute to Sandy Relief Efforts. Guests are encouraged to bring a $10 donation or one of the items on Brooklyn Kitchen’s supply list for the Rockaways.

Here’s a description of the limited edition beer from Brooklyn Brewery:

Sharp and snappy, full-bodied but dry, There Will Be Black has a core of black bread and dark chocolate, wrapped in a bright coat of orangey, minty hops. This beer knows the night. This beer will be awesome with your burger, revelatory with your chicken molé, and intends to marry your lamb vindaloo. We think you’ll approve. There Will Be Black doesn’t believe in Black IPA, because the day is not the night, and pale is not black.

More information here.