How Atlantic Avenue Businesses are Assisting Hard-hit Areas of Brooklyn

Atlantic Avenue BID businesses are stepping up and donating a portion of their sales to help hurricane victims, many are focused on Red Hook. Here are few different charities that businesses on Atlantic are assisting with:

1) Restore Red Hook is an ongoing support effort spearheaded by Gaia DiLoreto of By Brooklyn at 261 Smith Street. The money raised is going to a fund specifically for Small Business Owners in the Red Hook neighborhood: http://restoreredhook.org/about/. One of the beneficiaries is the Mile End Deli, located within our BID at 97A Hoyt Street.

BID businesses that have or are still raising money through a percentage of sales include: Brooklyn Tattoo, Callalilai, Henry Public, and Upper 90.

Restore Red Hook is also raising money through a raffle that will take place this Saturday November 10. Within our BID, tickets are being sold at Brooklyn Tattoo (99 Smith Street) and Callalilai (296 Atlantic Ave). Contact either myself (jszende@atlanticavebid.org) or Gaia at By Brooklyn at info@bybrooklyn.com.

2) The Red Hook Initiative (http://rhicenter.org/about-us/) has been a community-based organization at the center of revitalization efforts in Red Hook. They are working hard to coordinate volunteer efforts and assist both residents and businesses in the Red Hook Community. Businesses in our BID who are raising money for the Red Hook Initiative include: Sottocasa Pizzeria; Hopeland; Chez Moi; and Mini Max Toys & Cuts. Kaight and Tres Belle Petite Medi-Spa have been accepting food, light and clothing donations for Red Hook.

3) Hope Vet is trying to help animals that have been left homeless by the storm through their charity Infinite Hope: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Infinite-Hope/188751331139403?fref=ts.

4) The Brooklyn Community Foundation has created a special fund to help with Sandy relief efforts called the Brooklyn Recovery Fund (http://www.brooklyncommunityfoundation.org/brooklyn-recovery-fund-1). This money will go to non-profit organizations like the Red Hook Initiative that are assisting with recovery efforts.

5) Carmelo & Karen Piazza at The Cosmic Cove are doing a kids donation drive at their business, which is located at 300 Atlantic Ave just east of Smith Street.

6) World Martial Arts Center at 540 Atlantic Ave (3rd Floor) are doing a Food Coat and Toy Drive Monday to Friday 12pm to 7pm and Saturday 12pm to 4pm

7) Council Member Steve Levin’s office at 410 Atlantic Avenue is still accepting donations and coordinating volunteer efforts for this neighborhood and for much of the City.

For more information about any of the above, please contact Josef at the Atlantic Avenue BID at 718-734-4219 or jsznede@atlanticavebid.org. Please also reach out to us if we have missed something about how your business has been affected or what you are now doing to help.

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