• A Drawing For Your Help

    Orange You Glad, Brooklyn’s creativist, well, creatives, have a really unique kind of fundraiser coming up. They are going to draw-o-thon to benefit the NYC Food Bank on November 11, 2012.

    Say what?

    Yeah, it’s an all day drawing done by some of the best artist out there. The donation site says:

    It’s pretty interesting right! But what food do you want them to draw? The cupcake featured is nice, but maybe a pumpkin pie to go with the fall season or broccoli cause it’s sexy (it’s not really sexy) or maybe a good old fashion burger!

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  • Images of Relief At Gowanus Houses

    To the surprise of many South Brooklynites 5 buildings in the Gowanus Houses had been without power since Sandy flooded the city. The group Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) reached out to the community asking for volunteers to help Saturday with delivery of food and water to residents living in buildings without power.  They also asked volunteers to help refill prescriptions for those who were unable to leave the housing due to elevators being unavailable. At the same time as FUREE was requesting support from the community, the National Guard rolled into Gowanus Houses to provide assistance. The National Guard and all volunteers worked together to provide for those in need.


  • South Brooklyn Unites To Help Red Hook

    Small Businesses all along Smith Street and throughout South Brooklyn are doing what they can to help Red Hook small business owners devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Today, Saturday November 3rd, participating South Brooklyn small businesses will donate 10% of all sales (in store and on-line) to Red Hook small business owners! This is a wondrous idea. You can do basic stuff like shop, get a tattoo, buy wine, eat, & drink, and make a difference!!!

    The following businesses are a part of this badass idea and if you are near their store today, buy something to help Red Hook!

    Arthur on Smith
    Bar Great Harry
    Brooklyn Refinery
    Brooklyn Social
    Brooklyn Tattoo
    By Brooklyn
    Exit9 Emporium
    Henry Public
    Jolie Cantina
    La Casita
    Musicians General Store

    Shelsky’s Smoked Fish
    Smith & Vine
    Stinky Bklyn
    Van Horn

    In addition you can do the following to help Red Hook:

    If you are not aware of how bad it got in Red Hook, take a moment to hear from the residents in the area.

    Red Hook resident describes getting through Hurricane Sandy from Keith Collins on Vimeo.

  • Help Needed At Gowanus Houses

    Volunteers are needed this Saturday at Gowanus Houses in Brooklyn. Five buildings are still without power. Three of them are 14 stories high and we need people power to check on the elderly, the sick and to deliver needed supplies to residents.

    Meet at the FUREE Office at 12 p.m.(81 Willoughby Street between Bridge and Lawrence Sts. in Downtown Brooklyn) or meet at Gowanus Houses (211 Hoyt Street at the corner of Baltic Street) at 1 p.m.

    We need volunteers who can climb 14 flights (or less); drivers to move supplies to the tenants association’s office; runners to refill prescriptions and others to help sort out food, donations, etc. If you can donate supplies, please drop them offbetween 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the FUREE Office including non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, sanitary napkins, diapers, toiletries, Ensure, Pediasure, (canned, ready made) formula and toiletries. We can accept blankets but they must be new and packaged.

    Please e-mail valery[at]furee[dot]org if you can help and please spread the word


    For the 16th year artist in Brooklyn will open their doors to the public for the Annual Gowanus Studio Tour (AGAST). This year there are 150 artist participating in the event, which stretches across all of South Brooklyn: Gowanus, Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, and Cobble Hill in 40 different venues. Artist of all types will have their work on display to show just how freaking creative humanity can be! What’s really cool about this event and why it’s extremely popular, even internationally, is because you get to actually meet the artist behind the work. This means when you wonder through the residential and industrial streets on this self guided tour you will be able to discover the artist behind interesting, unique, fabulous, and brilliant creative art!

    The is Oct 13th & 14th 12-6pm with a closing party 6pm Sunday.

    Check out AGAST’s website for more details, a pdf of the tour map, and an interactive google tour map.



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