Re(Build) Red Hook's Home/Made

$10,811 of $50k goal

Raised by 108 people in 47 months
Leisah Swenson  BROOKLYN, NY

This is what we looked like on October 28, 2012.  We have been working steadfastly to rebuild ever since.


As many of you know, Hurricane Sandy devastated the community of Red Hook, Brooklyn. She sent 15-foot waves crashing onto our shores and water flowing through the streets. By our restaurant, the flood covered the hood of our Landrover. In the middle of the storm we went out to rescue chickens that were stranded in their coop in the lot nextdoor. To do that, we were wading through chest-deep water. (Here's a good NYTimes story about it.)


Inside, we suffered a complete catastrophe. Our basement flooded. Our restaurant flooded. We lost everything. And two weeks after the storm, we are just starting to get power, heat and hot water returned. This, on top of the fact that a fire ravaged our restaurant earlier this spring. It's been a hard, hard year. 

Of course, like most businesses down here, we have to completely rebuild. That means gutting our space and starting from scratch. We need new electrical. New appliances. New refrigerators. New everything. Even our employees are displaced and out of work. 

The cost of this endeavor will top $50,000 -- and as most of us have found, floods aren't covered by our insurance. And there is no FEMA money for small businesses other than loans, and it's hard to take on more debt and face those payments when you don't know when you'll be able to reopen.

But we believe in Red Hook. We love Red Hook. As our friend Barry, another local business owner said, it's a "small village on the cusp of the world." And we pull together. We help each other out. We've all been working around the clock to pull our lives, businesses and community back together. We've even spent time creating a local small-business fund to assist other owners get back on their feet (restoreredhook.org). 

Now we could use your help. 

Anything you can donate goes to help us rebuild and, by extension, restore this neighborhood. If you want to know more about what makes us special, check out this amazing video created by a few of our friends.



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Update 4
44 months ago

Months later and still so many unexpected obstacles pop up. We have a few more big ticket items to replace like refrigerators, freezer, espresso machine, gate repair, and a sink unit, etc.

Thank you all who have stuck by our side. We can't do this without you. We're working every day to bring Red Hook a better home/made.

Looking forward to a full reopening some time in March. Stay tuned for the latest news on Twitter @homemadebklyn.

With gratitude,
Leisah & Monica
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Update 3
46 months ago

Thanks to you and John's Plumbing we have hot water, and Pro Electric we have electricity. We had awesome volunteers over the weekend help us re Sheetrock and melt the dirty flooded dish mountain. Still an incredible amount to do to get reopened but there is a tiny crack of light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you faithful supporters!
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Update 2
46 months ago

Today Pro Electric is starting work on restoring power in home/made. It's a major undertaking and we are glad to be working with a local company to keep us all moving forward. Pro Electric also had major damage to their shop just on King St. around the corner from us. Thank all of you for your amazing generosity. We are so grateful and humbled.
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Update 1
46 months ago

Taking a break from the recovery process today, to relax, and be Thankful for our amazing community of friends, family, and neighbors!
We will rebuild, together, stronger than ever!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!! Love, Leisah & Monica
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Kimmy Raymorke
46 months ago

Good luck!

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$10,811 of $50k goal

Raised by 108 people in 47 months
Created November 15, 2012
$100
Anonymous
32 months ago
MA
$100
Mashael AlShalan
40 months ago
$25
Anonymous
41 months ago
DD
$200
derek dominy
41 months ago
$100
ELLA MELTZER
42 months ago

For My Aunt Moni and my Aunt Leisah I love you so much!!!

EM
$20
Eugenia Manwelyan
42 months ago

You guys are the best!!!

$100
Alexander Counts
42 months ago

Love what you guys are doing !

SK
$165
Scott Keeney
43 months ago

Here's wishing you a speedy re-build... From the Keeney lab at Memorial Sloan-Kettering (Jim Dowdle, Julian Lange, Neeman Mohibullah, Xuan Zhu, and Jodi-Ann Sampson).

SN
$50
Sophie Nimmannit
43 months ago
$50
Anonymous
43 months ago
Kimmy Raymorke
46 months ago

Good luck!

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