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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many food businesses in New York City have been helping out by holding relief dinners and giving away free meals. Food trucks have been particularly helpful in getting food out to severely affected areas in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and New Jersey. Although Serious Eats: New York is keeping us updated on Sandy stories from the food world, I wanted to point out what some of our friends in the burger world have done to help, and what you can do.
For so many of New York's food businesses that were the worst hit by the hurricane, the initial losses have been amplified by a prolonged struggle to move forward. The song remains the same at Totonno's.
Back in early December, chef Daniel Patterson organized a fundraising dinner at Coi, one of his San Francisco restaurants, to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. A portion of the proceeds were to be reserved for the acclaimed Brooklyn restaurant Governor. Last week, Governor's owners announced that it will not be reopening. Now Patterson will be rerouting the $5,000 raised for Governor to another New York food business in need: Brooklyn institution Totonno's.
Yesterday, Totonno's opened its doors once again. It's not every restaurant—or family—that would display the kind of resilience that we've seen from this iconic Coney Island pizzeria. And we cannot wait to get our fix.
Since filing our first report on the recovery effort at Totonno's, we've been checking in with owners Cookie Cimineri and Antoinette Balzano on a regular basis. Three months after Sandy, the family is now struggling to acquire the loans necessary to reopen the pizzeria.
Contrary to recent news coverage, Totonno's did not have to replace their oven following last fall's hurricane damages. Read what co-owner Antoinette Balazano has to say on the matter.
The flood waters of hurricane Sandy were deceptively cruel to the Red Hook seafood restaurant. "At first, it seemed like all items above the flood line were okay," says chef Kevin Moore. "We thought we'd replace the sheetrock, the wainscoting... but then we noticed the floor tiles were buckled, and the fear of mold became paramount... there was a dull quiet in the place like the life had drained with the sea." But after a long rebuilding period, the restaurant, which opened in 2008, has returned.
New York's food artisan community is working together to help Fany Gerson of La Newyorkina recover after she lost everything to hurricane Sandy. Here's one way to help: buy a cinnamon and goat milk caramel brownie from Robicelli's.
It's been almost one year since Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast. During that time we spoke with dozens of food businesses about their struggles after the storm. On the cusp of Sandy's anniversary we checked in to see how they're doing today. Here are their stories.
Even though restaurants are hurting pretty badly now, many have found ways to join in with relief efforts around the city.
Over seven months have passed since Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, and while much of the city is back to normal or well on its way, the South Street seaport tells a different story. Once-bustling streets are now half-abandoned, and many restaurants and food businesses still have months to go before they can think of reopening.
"I live right by the water. I could see the storm surge and the boardwalk get dislodged," Robyn Hillman-Harrigan told me as she explained the origins of the Rockaway Rescue Alliance's Shore Soup Project. Since Hurricane Sandy, the organization has served 50,000 meals to those hardest hit by the storm. But Shore Soup is about more than relief—it's forward-thinking compassion, a social justice project through food.
Some good news from Red Hook: after months of post-Sandy repairs, two neighborhood favorites—Fairway and Red Hook Lobster Pound—are back in business as of today.
We can't thank you all enough for your kindness and support as we've tried to get things back on track in New York, and we can't wait to share more great content with you—and, of course, photos of dogs.
Three weeks later, how are New York's food artisans recovering from Hurricane Sandy? Some are getting back on their feet, but for others there's still a long road to recovery.
While we're left waiting on tenterhooks for Ivan Orkin to secure a space for his first NYC shop, last weekend he gave everyone a chance to both try his ramen and help those hit by Hurricane Sandy. Orkin teamed up with noodle master Shigetoshi Nakamura (of Sun Noodles) to serve hot, steaming ramen at Williamsburg's Smorgasburg, with all proceeds benefiting the Brooklyn Recovery Fund.
In the first days after Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, when New York at its most vulnerable since September 11th, the food community showed its true colors, coming together to help in ways that inspired us. One year later, the initial clean up is over. But the spirit behind these relief efforts has endured and, in some cases, evolved to effect lasting social change.
We'd trekked down the darkened streets from lower Chelsea, past a group generously serving hot food to anyone hungry, cops directing traffic with flashlights and flares, and people schlepping bags of groceries from just north of "SoPo"—the loving yet bitter name given to powerless lower Manhattan. Candlelight flickered from a random apartment, bright against the near-black streets that are unfamiliar in their emptiness. Yet once we found Tertulia, New York City instantly felt like home again.
Food trucks in the New York area are stepping up to feed those hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, and they need your help. Here's how you can donate money that will go directly to those in need. And if you donate $50 or more, you can enter to win a goodie bag from the Serious Eats team.
Yesterday, we published part one of our two-part check-in on New York's food industry one year after Hurricane Sandy. We spoke with 21 businesses about their stories, about their struggles, the broken promises made to them, and how they're doing today. Today we return with the second act: tales of community togetherness and resilience, their takeaways from the storm, and a few conclusions of our own.
How Brooklyn's largest food festival raised—and broke—hopes for food businesses on the brink.
On Wednesday night, chefs Andrew Carmellini, Seamus Mullen, Marco Canora, and George Mendes teamed up at Aldea and threw a dinner for Sandy relief that stands apart from other benefit meals. In a project called NYC Food Flood, the $300-plate dinner raised over $20,000, which the chefs will use to get food to the hardest-hit regions like Red Hook, Staten Island and Breezy Point.
The tri-state area is still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Sandy: there are still more saddening photos to see, more heartbreaking stories to hear, and lines still forming at gas stations. But in spite of everything that's been terrible about the past two weeks, one of the the brightest beacons of hope in the ordeal has been watching New Yorkers band together and help each other to move forward. That's what last Saturday's market was all about.
While emergency vehicles are parked in Union Square, the Greenmarket has temporarily relocated to Broadway and 23rd Street at Madison Square Park. They're encouraging shoppers to fill an extra bag with produce to be donated right at the market and distributed to those in need by City Harvest. Support local farmers hit hard by the storm and your fellow New Yorkers in need at the same time!
It's been a busy few months for Chef Eduard Frauneder: while hurricane Sandy flooded one of his restaurants, he was trying to open a bar, all while maintaining the sense of community he and his partner Wolfgang Ban have worked hard to build. We sat down with him to talk about the challenges of recovering from the storm, opening his new bar, and what family means to his business.
As we reported on Tuesday, the Union Square Greenmarket has been displaced by emergency vehicles parked in union square and is temporarily located at 23rd Street and Broadway, on the west side of Madison Square park and in adjacent Worth Square.
As the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy turns into a nearly week-long ordeal, people keep asking how our local businesses are being affected. With power still out and transit still in flux, it's hard to assess the true scope of the damage. But for restaurants in areas heavily hit by the storm, chefs and owners will tell you themselves: this is not a good time to be a small business owner.
Established in the 1940s by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, the Essex Street Market has witnessed—and played part in—the ever-changing culture of the Lower East Side. Market newcomer Dorie Greenspan took us on a crawl of her new home. Follow along on our tour!
Many restaurants are still assessing the scope of the damage to their businesses, and others already know they're in for the long haul. Though much of downtown is still in a state of recovery, we've heard encouraging things about restaurants north of midtown and in Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx. Here are some links to listings of open restaurants.
Lower Manhattan was one of the parts of New York worst hit by hurricane Sandy. Here's a report on what the food scene and community in Chinatown looks like after the storm.