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Red Hook Sandy update  
Moxie & Mirth on Red Hook's Sandyversary

Red Hook got walloped by Sandy, but the spirit that was most visible at the one-year anniversary, or Sandyversary, as someone called it, was moxie and mirth.

Cheeky Sandy-themed illustrations popped up in a few places.  A spirited underground event, the Barnacle Parade, with many satirical costumes, was organized on short notice and bounced from bar to bar before ending up with free food at the Bait & Tackle bar. More in our Sandyversary blogpost

Red Hook Resiliency News

NY Rising CRP - Help make a more resilient Red Hook! 
Tues 11/19
7-8pm Miccio Center
110 W 9th Street, Red Hook  
This is the 2nd public meeting of the 8-month State process "NY Rising" Community Reconstruction Program (CRP). Keep tuned to their Red Hook page for updates. More below.

Our Director Carolina Salguero is a member of the NY Rising CRP Red Hook Committee. Get in touch if you can't make a meeting or have questions.

Making sense of all these resiliency studies!  
YES, Red Hook is being intensely studied by the city, state and federal government in the aftermath of Sandy as well as by many academic projects.  There are several ways you can participate.  PortSide will soon provide a navigation guide of sorts to all these plans. Check the Sandy tabs on our website for updates.

New York City created several post-Sandy reports. SIRR is the most often cited. Red Hook is in The Brooklyn Queens Waterfront Chapter here. Over the fall, SIRR is re-opening two taskforces to get more grassroots community input. Stay tuned for info.

New York State is running the NY Rising "Community Reconstruction Program" (CRP), an 8-month planning process. The 2nd public meeting is Tue 11/19/2013 7pm at the Miccio Center as listed above.

Twitter feed @NYStormRecovery 
Interactive map of Red Hook - submit suggestions!

Committee meetings are every two weeks on Monday nights at PS15. Committee members were selected by the Governor's office. The public is welcome to attend.

Federal Government The US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), with the support of several foundations, is running ReBuild by Design, a planning process via an international design competition. Our Director Carolina Salguero was on the ReBuild by Design panel in Red Hook.

Two teams have focused on Red Hook and here are links to plans that include Red Hook:
Note, HR & A is also the lead planner for Red Hook's NYS NY Rising "Community Reconstruction Program." 
PortSide News
MARY becomes one Fox-y lady
PortSide's Sandy recovery work, with a close look at how we kept the the MARY A. WHALEN from being like the JOHN B. CADDELL, was on TV on Fox News & Fox News Latino. Check it out!

WWII women, children, disabled mariners  68 years after the war, PortSide was asked to help encourage Congress to acknowledge the work of women, children, and disabled seamen who served on tugs and barges along the coast under threat of attacks by WWII German U-boats. We whipped up a blogpost, press release and social media campaign and got the issue some exposure. On 10/28, the House voted in favor 404 to 1. The bill is now with the Senate.  We encourage you to sign the MoveOn petition to support the cause.

Don Horton, who did the asking above, also brought us some vivid WWII memories of Red Hook's Erie Basin and Van Brunt Street, which can be read here.

PortSide lingers ashore!
We are loving the Red Hook pop-up we got in October to tide us over while our new staff waited for their TWIC cards to be processed, IDs which would allow them to go back and forth through the port to the ship on their own.  We're loving it so much, we'll stay here at 57 Commerce Street in Red Hook until end of December. Pop on by! 

The PortSide crew grows!
More hands on deck, and the keyboard! PortSide is honored to have been accepted into the CUNY Service Corps program.  The Service Corps is one of the good after effects of Sandy -- CUNY was inspired to create it by the volunteer response to Sandy. Read more about our CUNYs on the PortSide Crew web page.

Please help us continue to help others!
In the past year, we stepped up to help others and ran a Sandy aid station in Red Hook and continued helping in many ways over the year.

We won a White House award and New York State Senate recognition for our Sandy work, and our Director won an award from the National Maritime Historical Society. The MARY A. WHALEN reached the significant age of 75 in May, and is about to become the last of her kind in the USA.

All of this while still looking for a home. We ARE resilient!

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