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EaterNY took a tour of Brighton Beach to see what was up post-Sandy. Definitely click on the story for photos and details. The short version: By the water, not so good. A few blocks inland, much better. 

The big problem, it seems, is lack of customers. If you have an uncontrollable, or even just strong-ish, desire for some vareniki, get on the Q train and head to Café Glechik. 

There aren’t many volunteer groups that will actually stick around after everyone forgets Hurricane Sandy happened. That’s the nature of disaster relief. But the process of rebuilding a community takes months and years. So it’s great to see local businesses transform into relief centers and local residents turn into community organizers. 

Lava Girl Surf and the Rockaway Beach Surf Club have been running of the best organized relief hubs in the Rockaways. Their stated mission “is to keep the Rockaway community intact and get our displaced residents back as soon as possible.”

Since Lava Girl Surf will be at the beach for lots of summers to come, they’re also strengthening ties between year-round residents and day-trippers, wealthier and poorer parts of the community, between so-called gentrifiers and the so-called gentrified.

If you want to support them or volunteer with them, head to the Surf Club at Beach 87th Street. They’re open daily from 10-5. More info here.


A Hurricane Sandy Small Business Recovery Center has opened up at the College of Staten Island to offer assistance and answer any questions business owners may have. The center is located at:

College of Staten Island
(The City University of New York)
Main Admin Building in Bldg 1A-102
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10314

SBA can also be contacted via phone at 1-800-827-5722


Today, November 24th, Mayor Bloomberg announced a new program that will make $5.5 million available in matching grants for New York City businesses most impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The grant program which is funded by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and the Partnership for New York City will be administered by the New York Business Development Corporation and was developed with the Department of Small Business Services and the City’s Economic Development Corporation.

The grants will provide additional financial assistance for local businesses already seeking low-interest loans through the City’s Emergency Loan Fund. The total amount of loans, grants and other financial assistance available to businesses most affected is more than $45 million.

The new matching grants of up to $10,000 will be available to NYC businesses in all five boroughs that have been displaced from their workplace for 3 weeks and are already seeking emergency loans. The grants will provide critical supplemental assistance to what is being provided through the low-interest loans and will be capped at no more than the amount the business receives in the loans.

For more information or to apply, businesses can call 311 or visit

Excellent food site Eater surveys how some of the city’s neighborhoods and restaurants are faring after the storm.

"Even for restaurants that have been able to reopen, any sense of normalcy is still a ways off. While it’s impossible to tell every story at any given time, here’s a look around the city to see how the restaurant industry is doing a couple of weeks after the storm."

Check out the whole story here.