Before the Storm (And How to Help Now.)

Clinton Hill Brownstones

Now that it’s been a week since Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on New York and New Jersey, our lives are back to relative normality—but for many people who have lost their homes or are still living without power, things are far from normal. Our power returned on Saturday after four cold nights without, but it hasn’t felt quite right to continue posting as usual when there are still so many reminders of the storm that was here just a week ago.

With that in mind, we thought we’d share a few beautiful photos we took in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, the Saturday before the storm hit.

We intended to post them last week of course, but as we edited them tonight, they had a more significant meaning—a reminder how special and beautiful this city is and how you can discover something unique in every neighborhood you visit. In our minds, this is even more of a reason (if you needed one) to help the communities affected by the storm rebuild better than ever.

Culyer Gore Park in Brooklyn

A House in Brooklyn

Pumpkins on Door Step

If you want to help those affected by Sandy, you can donate to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.

Two more ways to help that are near and dear to our hearts: Governor, a restaurant in DUMBO, was destroyed by the storm’s massive tidal surge and as a result, more than 30 people are out of work. The restaurant is attempting to raise $150,000 to reopen better than ever and you can help them reach that goal. (Governor is also giving 10 percent of donations collected to a local flood relief organization.)

Community Garden in Brooklyn

Tomatoes in Community Garden

Golden Tree in Fall

The Rockaways, one of our favorite parts of the City, was also devastated by the storm. Saturdays Surf has put together Rockaway Relief, a way to gather volunteers to get this beautiful, yet isolated, Queens community the help it needs right now. We both cannot imagine a summer in the city without riding the A train over the water to Broad Channel to this beautiful, rugged beach and once you go, you’ll understand why.

There’s still a long way to go for many of the places hit the hardest, but we have no doubt that New York’s resilience will continue to shine through, as it has for hundreds of years now. As always, thank you.

- Laura and Ryan

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