WARNING: GUILT-DRIVEN RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION AHEAD!
|Far Rockaway, Brooklyn, via Facebook|
I'm fairly hermetic, so to speak, and stick around South Brooklyn when I'm not working. So I'm absolutely not going to front like I know those neighborhoods intimately. You may not either. Maybe most of your friends don't live there. These aren't neighborhoods that are part of Brooklyn's adult playground or bustling restaurant and cocktail bar sprawl (for which they're probably thankful). These are neighborhoods where generations of Jews and policemen and fire fighters and working-class people have built their homes and put down roots, probably just like your parents did wherever you grew up. Maybe you don't trek out there to do yoga or pick up CSA crops or take your kids to the park or visit some adorable little artisanal whatever shop. But just because this part of Brooklyn isn't part of your geographical map of personal familiarity doesn't mean they're not your neighbors or your community.
|Sea Gate, Brooklyn, via Facebook|
This isn't about race or wealth or privilege or class divides (although, yes, deep down, I do believe that if Sandy had hit my neighborhood or Park Slope or the more "popular" "gentrified," "Renaissance" areas of Brooklyn, you'd be hearing a lot more about it, and it'd get cleaned up a LOT faster, so whatever -- I probably just contradicted myself). It's about an emergency. If your home was leveled, and your block looked like this, you'd be like WHERE THE FUCK IS EVERYONE, AND WHY ARE THEY NOT HERE TO HELP?
|Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, via Facebook|
* Fucked In Park Slope has put together a list of places to volunteer in Brooklyn.
* Brokelyn has some helpful relief updates.
* SheepsheadBites has good updates about Sheepshead Bay.
* New York Daily News has really excellent up-to-the-minute coverage of the relief effort.
* SILive has ways to help Staten Island.
But what's next? I don't know. I'm all ears.
Red Hook, Brooklyn, post-Sandy
Sea Gate, Brooklyn, post-Sandy