Shore Soup Project Raises Money for an Organic Pay-What-You-Can Restaurant in Rockaway

Categories: Hurricane Sandy

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As businesses continue to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy, Robyn Hillman-Harrigan is using the aftermath of the disaster to bring her community to a new level entirely: The Rockaway resident set up the Shore Soup Project in the days following the storm, building a makeshift kitchen and food delivery service to feed the neediest of her neighbors while they waited for power to return. That became a permanent delivery service and then a pay-what-you-can food truck--and now Hillman-Harrigan is working on building the neighborhood's first pay-what-you-can restaurant, which she hopes will double as a community center.

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Financial District's Restaurant Row Is Still Dark After Hurricane Sandy

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Historic Front Street used to be known as the Financial District's Restaurant Row. Barbarini, Made Fresh Daily, Salud Tapas, and a slew of other restaurants fed neighbors, businesspeople, and each other. Most shared a landlord, the Durst Organization, whose underground electrical systems were flooded during last fall's hurricane and caused a blackout of all buildings supported by the grid. The company owns 95 residential and 13 commercial units near South Street Seaport, and all are still without power and the phone lines are disconnected.

Made Fresh Daily and Jeremy's Ale House are two eateries on the block that are privately owned -- and have independent electrical systems -- so they didn't suffer the same kind of grid damage, and are open for business. But Barbarini, like a number of other restaurants, has ended its lease with Durst and is closed for good. The Historic Front Street storefronts banded together for a crowdfunding effort at the end of January, but only Jack's Coffee and Nelson Blue were able to meet their fundraising goals. Barbarini raised just over $2,000, when it needed $20,000.

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Fairway in Red Hook Will Reopen March 1; Small Businesses Rejoice

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Voice Places
Red Hook Lobster Pound is hoping to have lobster rolls ready by March 1 too.

After 15-foot waves from Hurricane Sandy destroyed parts of Fairway in Red Hook, the only thing left was an old coffee roaster. But the tourist hub and (seriously super) supermarket will reopen on Van Brunt Street on March 1. The store broke the news on Twitter, and store officials said the restoration cost nearly $10 million. For small-business owners in Red Hook, Fairway's rebirth could mean a resurgence of tourists, as well as the return of one-stop shopping in the neighborhood.


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Governor in Dumbo Will Not Reopen After Hurricane Destruction

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UPDATE: The team at Governor released a statement to Eater saying they will refund all the donations made through the crowdfunding campaign. See the full statement here.

Dumbo restaurant Governor was ravaged by five feet of storm water during Hurricane Sandy, and the Strong Buzz reported this morning that the restaurant will not reopen. According to a statement from the owners, executive chef Brad McDonald, known for his surprising and thoughtful dishes, will be leaving the operation.


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Concessions Will Return to Rockaways This Summer

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Rockaway Taco

It might be hard to get tourists out to Rockaway Beach this summer, but concessions will be there even if the boardwalk might not be.

At the Community Board 14 meeting on Tuesday night, the Queens Park Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski told the crowd that some amenities like lifeguards, bathrooms, and concessions would be back in time for summer 2013.

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Support Sandy Stricken Restaurants on New Year's Eve

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Happy New Year!

No doubt about it, New Year's Eve is stressful. There are so many options, yet none of them seem like they'll live up to the hype New Year's Eve is supposedly all about. But this year, there's hope! All over the city, restaurants that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy are back and ready to throw kickass parties just for you. Celebrate New Year's Eve at one of these spots, and let their resilience lead you into 2013.

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Fresh Salt Reopens Near South Street Seaport, Randazzo's Clam Bar Reopens in Sheepshead Bay

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Fresh Salt on Beekman Street will serve their full menu tomorrow.

Two Sandy-stricken restaurants are back on their feet after a brutal few months of rebuilding.

South Street Seaport has been barren since the hurricane but Fresh Salt on Beekman Street will be cooking its regular menu on Thursday, after being able to serve only drinks for the past week. Randazzo's Clam Bar in Sheepshead Bay is ready for customers too.


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Check Out All Hands on Deck, Red Hook's New Benefit E-Cookbook

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In the months since Hurricane Sandy left some New York-area communities in a state of panic and disaster, no neighborhood has stepped up in a more inspiring and positive way than Red Hook.

Today All Hands on Deck, a cookbook containing 25 recipes from Red Hook's restaurants, bars, bakeries, and supper clubs, is available online for $15. All proceeds from the book's sales will directly benefit Restore Red Hook, a group founded by small business owners in the wake of the Hurricane.

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New York's Restaurant Industry Lost Thousands of Jobs After Sandy

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The year's coming to an end, but the impact of the storm is not. The New York State Labor Department reports a loss of 30,000 jobs in and around the city this November due to Hurricane Sandy.

James Brown, an economist for the Labor Department, told City Room that during the end-of-year holiday season -- traditionally the busiest, most profitable time of the year for restaurants -- the leisure and hospitality sector has instead lost around 8,500 jobs.

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After Sandy: Randazzo's Clam Bar, Totonno's, and More Still Closed Near Coney Island

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Randazzo's Clam Bar in Sheepshead Bay is still closed for Sandy renovations.

Some restaurants in Sandy-stricken areas like Lower Manhattan and Red Hook have been able to get back on their feet in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. But in Coney Island, the beloved Totonno's pizza and Boardwalk staple Cha Cha's are among the neighborhood spots that remain closed.

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