Eat, drink & be charitable at Sandy benefit events

Look at these freaking do-gooders. via The Beer Sessions

You guys are kicking Sandy’s ass with the volunteering and we couldn’t be more proud to be part of this great community of do-gooders.  There is still a lot of work to be done. A LOT of work (Rockaways, tear). But you also deserve a reward for the great work you’ve done to help out so far. Here’s a few upcoming events that are both Sandy benefits and fundraisers AND sure to be a great time celebrating the awesomeness that is you and all your likewise rad friends, neighbors and total strangers that are soon to be volunteer love connections. If you know of other Hurricane Sandy benefits, parties, fundraisers, etc., add it to our Events calendar and we’ll be sure to update our list. Eat, drink and do good for your community. 

Eat Pork, Help New York
Seersucker, 329 Smith Street, Carroll Gardens
Tonight, 6pm. Seersucker will be selling mini roast pork sandwiches with green BBQ sauce from 6pm until they sell out, with all proceeds from the sandwiches and donations jar going to the Red Hook Initiative.

Election night/beer tasting/Sandy benefit
Mission Dolores, 249 4th Ave.
Tuesday, 7pm. Enjoy a sour craft beer tasting, watch dat election and benefit Sandy at the same time. (Triple fisting?) All of the profits of this party go to the Red Hook Initiative. The night will feature $2 off Red, Blue and Swing State beers, plus a free shot of bourbon, from cheapest to Bulleit, depending on the election results. between Carroll and President Streets. FREE!

Gary Clark Jr. at Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg
Tuesday, 9pm. This benefit for Superstorm Sandy Relief Fund for Staten Island will collect canned food and household good for our homies on Staten Island. Blues musician Gary Clark Jr. takes the stage at 9pm. Doors are at 6 and it’s a $20 minimum donation. (You can afford it.)

Sandy Fundraiser
Sindicato de Cocineros, 57A Nassau Avenue, Greenpoint
Tuesday, 5pm. The Greenpoint Mexican restaurant is holding a hurricane fundraiser. Sindicato will be donating all the proceeds to New York Cares. Get delicious mexican food and cocktails and donate to a worthy cause

Sandy Animal Relief Benefit
Matchless, 557 Manhattan Ave.
Wednesday, 8pm. Sandy bitchslapped a bunch of poor puppies and kitties. Let’s not get into the sad details but Adopt NY has stepped up to directly assist 44 animal rescue groups financially and with supplies. Anyway! This will be a fun night of comedy and music to benefit Adopt NY hosted by David Crabb with performances by comedians Rory Scovel, our own Sue Smith, Adam Newman, Cammi Climaco and Ben Kronberg, music by the Reformed Whores and Noah Stitelman of Neighbors and more special guests to be announced. $20.

Help Dumbo Rebuild Benefit
Wednesday, 7pm. Galapagos, 16 Main St.
More than a dozen of your favorite DUMBO spots suffered significant damage during Sandy (including our amazing host, the indefatigable Galapagos Art Space!!!) In the coming weeks and months, they will struggle put their pieces back together. Join us on November 7 for a fundraiser to help the shops, venues and restaurants impacted by the storm. $25 donation.

Only the Blog presents Writers Who Sing, Singers Who Write
Two Moon Art House and Cafe, 315 4th Avenue, Park Slope
Wednesday, 7pm. Songwriters and writers Mila Drumke and Peter Silsbee will share how their music influences their non-fiction and fiction and vice versa, and donations will be collected for the Red Cross and other charities.

Dine Out Williamsburg
Thursday. If doing charity was any easier, they’d probably just call it “having a good time.” Restaurants around Williamsburg, from The Meatball Shop to Parish Hall to Pies’n’Thighs and more are donating between 10 and 20 percent of their gross for the night to the Red Cross’ Sandy relief efforts. Delicious.

The Heaping Helping
The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost Street, Williamsburg
Thursday, 6:30pm
The Brooklyn Kitchen is getting all their friends together for a big ol’charity potluck. Featuring music from Skunkmello and promising prizes, the potluck will be raising money for the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen and  Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts. Beers from Brooklyn Brewery and Boylan Sodas will be provided as refreshments, with a one dollar suggested donation per drink. Either bring enough food to share with everyone, or skip the cooking altogether and give them 20 bucks at the door. It’s delicious either way.

111 Front Street
Friday, November 9, 6pm-9pm
Want to help get the Brooklyn art scene back to its Gallery Girls glory? DUMBO galleries are throwing a #SUCKITSANDY Art Crawl party on Friday. Donations and proceeds from refreshments will be given to the DUMBO arts organizations who are working to rebuild after Sandy flooded their spaces and caused so much damage.

Brooklyn Relief: A Night of Words, Music, and Comedy to Benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts
Union Hall, 702 Union Street, Park Slope
Monday, November 12, 7:30pm
This fundraiser will feature comedy from Charles Star and words from Jonathan Ames and passive-aggressive site crush Amy Sohn. There will also be t-shirts for sale with the event’s logo and signed books by the featured authors, with all proceeds from the night going towards Sandy relief efforts.

Anything But Politics- A Pop Culture Trivia Benefit for Sandy Hosted by Pat Kiernan
The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Gowanus
Tuesday, November 13, 7:30
Brooklyn’s boyfriend, NY1’s Pat Kiernan, will host a trivia night featuring questions about literally anything but politics. You even have the chance to go one-on-one with the city’s most beloved Canadian. 100% of the ticket sales will go towards Sandy relief efforts.

Manufacture New York Sandy Relief Party
61 Local, 61 Bergen Street, Cobble Hill
Thursday, November 15, 7:30pm
The folks behind Manufacture NY, including Bob Bland, (designer of this sweet Brokelyn T-shirt being shown off by Ted Leo, nbd) are getting together for a silent auction and benefit t-shirt and tote sales, with all proceeds going towards the Red Hook Initiative. Free

Sandy Hates Books
Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main Street, DUMBO
Saturday, November 17, 12pm – 8pm
Details are a little scarce right now, but Powerhouse Arena is planning a powerhouse of a fundraiser to help rebuild after they were wrecked by Sandy. Right now all that’s known about it is that there will be drinks, music and some of their favorite authors. Which will probably end up being some of our favorite authors too, so we’ll be sure to update you as time goes by. You can also help them out with a small donation here, for the time being.

Pretty Good Friends’ Hurricane Relief Benefit: A Very Funny F*ck You to Sandy
The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Gowanus
Sunday, November 25, 7:30pm
Some of the funniest people in Brooklyn, including Eugene Mirman, Jon Glaser and Wyatt Cenac are coming together for a standup marathon, with 100% of the proceeds donated to the Brooklyn Recovery Fund. Look for Cenac to be particularly on fire, since Sandy overshadowed the debut of his new show. $30

Aside from places to go and be charitable, you can do it from your living room:

-Occupy Sandy has an Amazon Gift Registry seeking supplies to be shipped to the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew.

-Make It Better: A Craftalong for Sandy Relief. Their goal is to rally crafters to make warm hats, scarves, blankets, mittens, socks and sweaters–and deliver them to people in need as soon as possible.

-The 7 Line, a Mets-themed t-shirt company, is selling Unity t-shirts for $25 each, with 100% of the profits going towards relief efforts in Breezy Point, the Rockaways and other affected areas.

-There’s also this sweet take on the “I (Heart) NY” t-shirt, by Sebastian Errazuriz, for $40. Errazuriz himself is an artist whose studio got wrecked by Sandy, and all the profits from the shirt will go towards Sandy relief programs.

Restore Red Hook is seeking donations to raise $2 million to help Red Hook businesses affected by the storm, including Fort Defiance, Pioneer Supermarket, Red Hook Lobster Pound and 11th best dive bar in Brooklyn, Ice House.


  1. Hilary

    Friend The Barman’s Fund on Facebook or visit thebarmansfund.org to find out when your favorite local bartenders of Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan will be donating all of their tips to local hurricane relief. There’s a lot of us, and we do it once a month – so you can almost always find a night where you can go out and do some good. Drink with purpose!

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