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It’s not like parties were going to slow down in the wake of Sandy. Once the lights came back on, Manhattan shook off the water and mud like a wet dog, and went back to the business of working and partying.
But don’t call us callous. Every party promoter and business worth their profits has pledged to donate money to Hurricane Sandy relief–as long as you meet them halfway. Here are some ways you can send money to those who need it (and yes, there are lots of people who still need help) that involves a little something in it for you, too. Because we’re kind of over Red Cross here, anyway.
TONIGHT: I♥NY: Grandlife DJs for Hurricane Relief
8pm – 12am
Tonight (Saturday) is the last of three nights where SoHo and Tribeca Grand hotels will be donating all proceeds from their Hurricane Relief-inspired cocktail, the “Safe & Sound” as well as $1 from all beer, wine and cocktail purchases to a deserving charity nominated by that evening’s DJs.
Soho Grand Hotel, 310 W. Broadway, Manhattan
Tribeca Grand, 2 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan
TONIGHT: Mister Saturday **in Berlin**
Know a friend in Berlin? (I mean, who doesn’t?) Tweet, text, email, Facebook them about tonight’s Mister Saturday Night party. Not only will they have an awesome Brooklyn-ish time, proceeds benefit the Red Hook Initiative. Find info on the Facebook invitation.
I was kind of “meh” about the original Passion Pit song, but this remix by Classixx (they always do good stuff) makes it tasty.
Sunday, November 11th, 6-7pm
For you people out there with a lot of cash to spare, the famed spin-studio SoulCycle presents SoulCycle Ride for Sandy at its Tribeca studio (which suffered severe Sandy damage) with an all-star line-up that includes Janet Fitzgerald, Laurie Cole, Sue Molnar, Kym Perfetto, Melanie Griffith, Jenny Gaither, Jolie Walsh, and Ben Turshen. SoulCycle classes are super fun, think of it like a sweaty rave, just without the drugs or alcohol. 6:00–7:00 p.m., $1,500 (front and center spot and Soul Tee included), $500, and $250 bikes, www.soulforsandy.com
Thursday, November 15th
Alignyo hosts four classes with celeb instructors like Kristin Mcgee and Tara Stiles. The event will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.
Chelsea art gallery Sky Light West. 10–11 am, 12:30–1:30 pm, 5:30–6:30 pm, 7–8:30 pm, $30
Peck Street Pickle Festival
Sunday, November 11, 11am-5pm
New Amsterdam Market’s second annual Peck Slip Pickle Festival will take place this Sunday, so show your support as the Seaport neighborhood recovers from damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. Over 20 pickle and fermented food producers will join their regular roster of market vendors and their hours will be extended until 5:00PM.
They’ll be collecting an OPTIONAL $3 admission to raise funds for storm relief.
The Bent Spoon is sending up specially made pickle ice cream, for sale at the Z Food Farm stall, proceeds will also go to storm relief efforts. Several Seaport small businesses will be setting up tables at the market to sell inventory not damaged by the storm.
New Amsterdam Market had to temporarily evacuate their market office on Front Street and will need extra hands this Sunday to help set up and break down the Festival, plus move a few more items from their office. Click here to register for volunteer work.
New Amsterdam Market, South Street between Beekman Street & Peck Slip
Last year, Jimmy’s raised thousands of dollars for relief when Hurricane Irene came through and hurt local farmers. Now, Jimmy’s, located in the East Village, needs help getting power restored to their restaurant and bar. Help them out by buying a gift certificate to the restaurant or ticket to one (or more) of their amazing fall events. To purchase a gift certificate and see a list of available ticketed events, visit the Jimmy’s No. 43 website.
A small neighborhood restaurant in the East Village focused on locally-sourced and seasonally-oriented food, they could use some extra love! To purchase gift certificates, check out their menus, and make dinner reservations, visit their website at www.northernspyfoodco.com.
Masbia needs help feeding 600+ relocated seniors at the Park Slope Armory. For only $6 they can serve one person a freshly cooked nutritious hot dinner. Donate here. Masbia soup kitchen network is where the rubber meets the road in the fight against hunger. They feed hot, nutritious meals to hungry men, women and children. No statistics. No bureaucracy. No middleman. They deposit food in empty stomachs.
Leading up to Hurricane Sandy and in the aftermath, Citymeals-on-Wheels has been taking emergency measures to ensure New York’s homebound elderly have access to food. Given the impact on transportation and power, many of the senior centers they work with are understaffed. If you are able to volunteer for meal deliveries, they will need extra help throughout the week.Please see more information here. In addition to volunteers, they need to raise funds to replenish the depleted supplies in their warehouse. Please make a gift today to help them respond to this crisis and prepare for the coming winter months.
Now serving New York City for more than 30 years, City Harvest is the world’s first and the city’s only food rescue organization. Whether you’re part of a group or just one person, there are plenty of ways for you to help in our fight against hunger. If interested in learning more about our volunteer opportunities please firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, donate to help feed children, the elderly, and all hungry New Yorkers.
Since before day one of Sandy’s assault on our city, Food Bank For New York City has continued to serve their network of charities and needy families. Sandy’s impact is so much more than damage to buildings and trees. As new supplies of water and other supplies requiring no electricity roll into their warehouse, they know that they will be able to continue to meet the needs of hunger and poverty for those who have experienced it in the past and those meeting it for the first time as a result of this disaster. To join them in the fight, please: Donate Now, Volunteer, and Donate Food.
Occupy Sandy is a coordinated relief effort to help distribute resources & volunteers to help neighborhoods and people affected by Hurricane Sandy. They are a coalition of people & organizations who are dedicated to implementing aid and establishing hubs for neighborhood resource distribution. Members of this coalition are from Occupy Wall Street,350.org, recovers.org and interoccupy.net. The task of rebuilding communities is a marathon and not a sprint. To view a list of hubs they have set up, visit http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/ or follow them on Facebook.
Green Drinks NYC
Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 6-9pm
Green Drinks NYC is pulling together support for fellow NY-ers during this tragic and chaotic time. Mix and mingle, raise funds and spirits post-Sandy. They are asking for a $10 suggested donation on Tuesday, and proceeds will go to the Food Bank of NYC.
On your way there, grab a warm blanket or cleaning product to donate to the Occupy Sandy Relief Effort.
Taina Cafe, 134 East 48th Street, Manhattan. $10 in advance or $20 at the door. Register Here.
Green Spaces is a hub for sustainable professionals to mingle and exchange ideas. If you want to get to know likeminded, green people like yourself, bring donations for World Cares (monetary donations and products welcome) to Green Spaces this Wednesday, and sip on some Brooklyn Brewery beer.
While new clothes (primarily socks, gloves, hats, scarves) are appreciated, the real needs are blankets, batteries, canned foods (tuna fish, etc), peanut butter, personal hygiene (feminine products, diapers, toothbrushes/paste, etc), cleaning products (towels, paper goods, tarps, etc).
RSVP to email@example.com
Lavera Non-Toxic Beauty
If you were thinking how you needed some non-toxic face lotion, this would be a great time to buy it. Lavera is giving $1 for every order placed in the month of November to Hurricane relief. By purchasing from any of their sites (loveTrueNatural.com, Lavera.com, Benecos-USA.com and TrueNatural.com) you will be helping a family in need get back on their feet.
“I Still Love NY” Tee
Chilean-born artist Sebastian Errazuriz’s wearable works were inspired by the rising storm waters that eventually overtook the Chelsea art district. All proceeds from the unisex tees benefit NYC Sandy relief efforts. Available at shopgreyarea.com, $40.
NY State of Mind Necklaces
Jewelry designing duo Dana Walden and Radika Chin’s recycled brass and sterling silver creation is a well-timed love letter to their ravaged home city. One hundred percent of proceeds goes to the American Red Cross. Available at danawaldenjewelry.com, $60.
Download the new song, “Hard Times,” by Buke and Gase, from the DIY New York band’s upcoming album (plus a satisfying B-side New Order cover) to benefit the pair’s old hood. All proceeds go to the Red Hook Initiative. Available at bukeandgase.bandcamp.com, $5
Choose Your Own Adventure!
None of this sound good? (Perhaps a bit too flip? Maybe.) Find out where you’re most needed at volunteermatch.org and http://www.nycservice.org/#s, and pick something that suits your abilities and tastes, like donating blood, going door to door to make sure all the elderly have been safely rescued from their homes, or working at a food bank to distribute fresh, hot food.
A new face in the sustainable design scene, Carrie Parry wowed me last spring with her first collection of classy and ladylike separates and dresses. She came out strong with a fiery red cocktail dress, pencil skirts and blouses that were any but granola. And no, there were no yoga pants in the CARRIE PARRY collection.
Now her fall designs are finally on the racks (you can find them at Otto Brooklyn) but of course she’s now turned her eye to Spring 2012. I got a peek at her lookbook, and there is more gorgeousness in there than I can handle! Think very French, very romantic, and very ladylike. Check out her inspiration board:
Parry lives in NYC, so I got to ask her some questions about her work and life here. Read on for her biggest design challenges, her fave places to eat and drink, and how she lives sustainably every day.
CH: Do you think interest in sustainable design is growing?
CP: Yes, definitely. A lot of the bigger companies are really contributing to the movement with new tools and education like the Nike Design Tool and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. I feel that this will really help bring awareness and really push everything forward. Education is really key.
CH: What challenges have you found in designing sustainably? What has been most surprising about it?
CP: Sourcing material. Not having the access to as many fabrics can be limiting but it is definitely much more rewarding to source socially and environmentally responsible fabrics and trims. Also, finding out information on the supply chain of the fabrics can be difficult. I often find suppliers are really surprised when I ask them questions…I don’t think they are used to people asking and caring!
CH: What you like to do during your time off? How do you spend a typical New York Saturday?
CH: I love people-watching in the city and long brunches. There are always great exhibits going on, and my favorite thing to do over the weekend lately has been going to the Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn—its dinner and a movie—the perfect date night. My weekends generally always include working on CARRIE PARRY too—whether it be designing, research etc.
CH: What’s your favorite NYC restaurant? Your favorite NYC bar?
CP: Ah, there are too many great ones to choose just one!
I love Il Buco. The wine cellar is super romantic, charming, and has such a cool history. They’re dedicated to sourcing local ingredients and wine from small producers. Cafe Moto in Brooklyn is also one of my faves. They have awesome live jazz and the atmosphere always takes me out of the city.
A few blocks away from me in Brooklyn is Maison Premiere. They have the most beautiful back garden and great cocktails. It’s perfect just as the sun is going down.
CH: How do you live sustainably in your every day life? What do you find most challenging about living sustainably?
CP: I consider my purchases and buy for quality and long-lastingness. [Find out more about how to buy sustainably by reading my quick primer.] I consider who made it, where it came from and try to support local businesses, and businesses who are doing good. I recycle, buy used when possible, use natural/organic cleaning and skin products, grow herbs, and lecture my friends and family a bit too often on what they can do! I think of it as more of a mindset, so its not really something I find challenging. Living in the city, sometimes recycling of certain items can def be a pain though!
Find out more about CARRIE PARRY and see the fall collection here.
I first heard about The Fat Radish not from Tasting Table, or New York Magazine, or any of the usual eaterati. I heard about it from Refinery29. “NYC’s most hyped restaurant and what we’re wearing there,” the subtitle declared. A breakdown of the outfit that would help you fit into the “sustainable-glam crowd” followed.
Whatever. As soon as I heard the words farm-to-table, I put it on my list of restaurants to visit.
But I had a hard time checking it off. Every time the question arose of, “Where should we eat dinner?” I would immediately look it up on Open Table (it doesn’t take phone reservations). And it was always booked through 11 pm. Frustration!
Finally, after Mike and I spent a short evening taking in the cool breeze on the new rooftop bar above Hotel Chantelle on the LES (Go! It’s mercifully uncrowded and the drinks are delicious), we said, “F it,” and went down to Fat Radish, even though it was again supposedly booked up for the next hour.
We found the unassuming little restaurant, which is in a former Chinese sausage factory, by the crowd of smoking downtowners hanging out outside on an otherwise deserted street. Inside it’s all distressed brick walls, tile, weathered wood, and chalkboards. Farmhouse meets…sausage factory, I guess.
Anyway, we were seated straight away (It must have been my amazing Beacon’s closet/American Apparel outfit). Our blond-with-bangs waitress arrived, found that our table was wobbly, and immediately dropped the floor to troubleshoot, ripping pages out of her notebook to stuff under the gimpy table leg. When she was done, she popped back up, smoothed down her hair, and took our order.
Surrounded by a crowed of 75 percent young professionals and 25 percent artsy types, we ordered cocktails and Massachusetts oysters, both as good as I’ve tasted in New York. For the main dish, I ordered Colorado lamb loin, with hen of the woods mushrooms, market spinach, and red mustard. The presentation wasn’t amazing, (imagine all those ingredients piled on a plate as if from a buffet) but it was absolutely delicious. Mike tucked into his bacon cheeseburger with duck fat chips with similar gusto.
At this point, things got hazy. I was on my fourth cocktail of the night, and only remember the general feeling of satisfaction and happiness surrounding me.
Make your reservation early! As I said before, this place books up fast. No wonder, the food is delicious, the service friendly, and lets face it–it’s the place to be seen.
When I first moved to New York, I had a list I could count on my fingers of local, sustainable restaurants. Boy, was I naive. My personal list is at about 50, and it just keeps growing longer and longer. Luckily, there’s a new website called Dinevore that lets you keep track of all the restaurants you have been to and want to go to. It even has a list function. You can make your own list, or sign up for someone else’s. I signed up for 25 Brooklyn Favorites and they were all added to my “want to go” pile. You can also sign up for lists of brunch places, pizza, neighborhood favorites, and on and on.
Naturally, for myself, I made a list of eco-friendly restaurants. I haven’t been to all of them, but I’ve put them on there for a myriad of reasons: maybe it serves free range chicken and free range egg omelets. Maybe it is Slow Food approved. Maybe it seeks to source humanely raised meat. Maybe it’s organic, or vegan. Whatever the reason, next time you are wasting time at work by trying to pick out a good place for dinner, you can easily pull up a map of all the restaurants and pick your favorite, and feel good about it!