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Brooklyn, NY

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Superstorm Sandy has wreaked destruction on restaurants across the Northeast region, forced retailers to close, created mass food insecurity and back-ups at ports, and challenged our agricultural and fishing communities. The impacts will be felt for the weeks and months to come. Our coverage of Superstorm Sandy includes over 30 interviews with restaurant owners, small food business entrepreneurs, distribution and transportation companies, hunger relief organizations, farmland advocates, and more.

Language:

English

Contact:

BOX 198 402 Graham Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211 (718) 497-2128


Episodes

HRN on Sandy - Hector Perez of Jersey Farm Produce

6/4/2014
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We spoke with Hector Perez of Jersey Farm Produce at St. George Greenmarket about the impact of Sandy on his 46 acres farm in Milford, New Jersey. Hector talked about the inevitability of loss in agriculture and how, as a farmer, he deals with loss in farming. With 90% of his revenue coming from Greenmarket, the loss of 5 markets has a significant impact on his financial future. "We lost 5 markets. We lost about $20,000 in sales… if you want to farm you have to live with the loss. That is...

Duration: 00:08:13


HRN on Sandy - Hector Perez of Jersey Farm Produce

6/4/2014
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We spoke with Hector Perez of Jersey Farm Produce at St. George Greenmarket about the impact of Sandy on his 46 acres farm in Milford, New Jersey. Hector talked about the inevitability of loss in agriculture and how, as a farmer, he deals with loss in farming. With 90% of his revenue coming from Greenmarket, the loss of 5 markets has a significant impact on his financial future. "We lost 5 markets. We lost about $20,000 in sales… if you want to farm you have to live with the loss. That is...

Duration: 00:08:13


HRN on Sandy - Episode 50 - Checking in with Fany Gerson of La Newyorkina

2/8/2013
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Fany Gerson of La Newyorkina lost everything at her Red Hook, Brooklyn production kitchen during Hurricane Sandy. Tune into this special segment to hear Erin Fairbanks catch up with Fany, and see how she's been recuperating her business since the storm. How have crowdsourcing outlets like Kickstarter helped Fany connect with like-minded people to donate to her kitchen and help replace her ice pop machine? Hear how the Red Hook community has come together to support small-batch producers!...

Duration: 00:09:08


HRN on Sandy - Gautreau / New Orleans / Katrina

11/15/2012
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Chef Sue Zemanick took over Gautreau in New Orleans 3 weeks before Katrina hit the region. Chef Zemanick spoke about the aftermath of Katrina and her advice for local restaurants and businesses. She also spoke about various routes that food workers took to make a living while restaurants remained closed. "A lot of chefs did private cooking or dinner parties. Things that would normally take place in a restaurant with a large group of people. A lot of interesting things came out of Katrina....

Duration: 00:06:58


HRN on Sandy - Renegade Sandy Relief

11/15/2012
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We spoke with Lane Sanders co-owner of The Drink and co- founder of Renegade Sandy Relief. Lane spoke about the overwhelming response of people who wanted to get involved with ongoing relief efforts and how grassroots organizations are working together. "There is no one out there except for the grassroots efforts."--Lane Sanders of Renegade Sandy Relief

Duration: 00:06:50


HRN on Sandy - Rockaway Relief / Alessanda Maria Iavarone

11/15/2012
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We spoke with Alessanda Maria Iavarone, former HRN host of Growing Good, about her volunteer efforts as a car owner in the Rockaways. Alessanda talks about the challenges of organizing volunteer efforts without communication or enough manpower. "The priority today is hands. They need man help. They need people to get out there in cars to deliver these donations."--Alessandra Maria Iavarone

Duration: 00:11:39


HRN on Sandy - Sixpoint / Red Hook Recovery

11/15/2012
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We spoke with Shane Welch of Sixpoint Brewery in Red Hook about their recovery efforts. A week and a half after the storm, the brewery is still not operational. Shane speaks about the on-the-ground relief efforts in the Red Hook community. "Most people don't know how hard we had to work to just get to here. So it would be silly to let something like this wipe us off the map. We are going to survive without a doubt. Our customers are the ones who are feeling it the most, not us." --Shane...

Duration: 00:10:53


HRN on Sandy - Bar Community / Frank Cisneros

11/8/2012
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We spoke with Frank Cisneros about his efforts to coordinate the bar community to help bars remain open without power and offer the public a warm place to come together and have a drink. An upcoming Bartenders Bash will raise fund for the Hurricane relief efforts. "They got ahold of some Sterno stoves and they were making hot water so they could make Hot Toddies. People were figuring out ways to do anything they could because in such dark, dreary times after Hurricane Sandy, having a warm...

Duration: 00:08:50


HRN on Sandy - Relief / COJECO

11/8/2012
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We spoke with Lisa Klig of Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations (COJECO), which supports the Russian Jewish Community of New York. A large portion of the 250,000 Russian Jews living in New York live in Southern Brooklyn which got hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. "We’ve had an incredible outpouring of volunteer, the rest of community that has really bandied together. And everybody has really been trying to do their part of be sure everybody is fed, warm and feeling okay for the time...

Duration: 00:05:58


HRN on Sandy - Nicole Taylor / Red Hook Relief

11/7/2012
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On Hot Grease, Nicole Taylor recapped some of the challenges facing Red Hook businesses and residents, including those who are live project housing. She volunteered with Red Hook Initiative to canvas the Red Hook Homes, the second largest public housing in New York City, to provide assistance to homebound residence. "There are at least 100 people who are homebound and still in their apartment in Red Hook Homes [Project Housing]. They never left. I hear a lot of people saying why didn’t...

Duration: 00:06:05


HRN on Sandy - Wholesome Wave / Food Access

11/7/2012
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Michel Nischan, CEO & Founder of Wholesome Wave, talks about the impact of the storm on families who depend on food stamps as well as those who now find themselves unemployed. As an organization that strives to improve access and affordability of local produced food, Wholesome Wave expects the long-term impact of Sandy will shine a light on how food stamps actually work in an emergency situation. "So many farmers markets in general have been open and were able to reopen almost immediately...

Duration: 00:09:21


HRN on Sandy - American Farmland Trust

11/6/2012
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Since much of the growing season for fruits and vegetables has come to an end, Sandy did not wreck havoc on farms themselves. We spoke with David Haight, New York State Director of American Farmland Trust, about the long-term relationship between farmers and urban consumers after the Hurricane. "Comparatively Sandy has reached far less havoc on the farm community... one of the biggest impacts on farmers is on their relationship with the urban community that is the consumer. For a lot of...

Duration: 00:04:40


HRN on Sandy - Dave Arnold / Booker & Dax

11/6/2012
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We spoke with Dave Arnold, Owner of Booker & Dax and HRN’s host of Cooking Issues, about his concern for elderly neighbors in his neighborhood as well as the communication challenges following Hurricane Sandy. "Even people in lower Manhattan, you would never expect that many people would be that heavily impacted."--Dave Arnold

Duration: 00:06:26


HRN on Sandy - Francesca's Bakery at Greenmarket

11/6/2012
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We spoke with Federico Cotic of Francesca's Bakery about baking without power after Hurricane Sandy. Federico was relieved to return to the Greenmarket to sell product and see regular customers who have expressed concern about his family and business. "It is amazing everyone is concerned if anything happened with us personally or with the business." --Federico Cotic of Francesca's Bakery

Duration: 00:06:57


HRN on Sandy - Mile End / Boerum Hill

11/6/2012
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We spoke with Rae Bernamoff of Mile End about the clean up effort and collaboration happening on the Red Hook waterfront. The Mile End commissary kitchen - where they produce cured and smoked meats and fish, pickled goods and fresh baked goods - was completely destroyed. "We honestly could not have gotten through the last few days without the support of the Red Hook Initiative. They have been so fundamental to the effort down there."--Rae Bernamoff of Mile End

Duration: 00:06:52


HRN on Sandy - City Harvest / Relief

11/6/2012
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Although City Harvest’s office was hit hard; they continue to provide food to those in need across the city. We spoke with Kate MacKenzie, Director of Policy and Government Relations of City Harvest, about their work to provide ready to eat meals, and culturally appropriate meals to communities impacted by Sandy. Kate said the best way to support City Harvest is to visit the website for volunteer and donation opportunities. "We were poised to do whatever we could and are really ramping up...

Duration: 00:07:24


HRN on Sandy - Storm Relief and Volunteer Work with Michael Harlan Turkell

11/6/2012
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We spoke with Michael Harlan Turkell, photographer and HRN Host of The Food Seen, about his volunteer work with the Red Hook Initiatives to collect donations and distribute them to the local community as well as other neighborhoods in need. Michael has also been helping local businesses to photograph the damage post Sandy for insurance means. "You are seeing people’s life and livelihoods bagged up and thrown away. I’ve seen a lot. Unfortunately I don't think enough of it is being seen in the...

Duration: 00:04:32


HRN on Sandy - Joe Campanale / NYC Restaurants

11/6/2012
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We spoke with Joe Campanale, HRN’s Host of In The Drink, about how his restaurants fared after Sandy. Without power for several days, all 3 locations will be starting from scratch when they open after a week of being closed. "All of our restaurants are closed. They are all in the no power, no cell phone zone… we are eager to open up. We have a lot of people who live pay check to pay check. It is tough not being open and not being able to get those pay checks."--Joe Campanale, HRN’s Host of...

Duration: 00:03:43


HRN on Sandy - Deliveries / Chef's Warehouse

11/6/2012
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We spoke with Stephen A. Morino of Chef's Warehouse, a food distribution company that delivers food to restaurants and food retailers in all five boroughs. The number one challenge for the delivery trucks has been the gas shortage, although the company will send out trucks to the many restaurants that regained power on Saturday. "It looks like Brooklyn is bouncing back pretty well but Manhattan seems to be the most difficult place right now."--Stephen A. Morino of Chef's Warehouse

Duration: 00:04:05


HRN on Sandy - Storm Relief / Brooklyn Kitchen

11/6/2012
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We spoke with Aaron Rosenblum working with the Brooklyn Kitchen and Meat Hook about their effort to organize volunteer opportunities donation sites. Looking for canned goods, medical supplies, toiletries, winter clothing, cleaning supplies, blankets, flashlights, batteries and more. Many donation sights are also looking for people with gas to help get donated items to locations in need. The current resource list is fairly scattered. "Trying to collect goods and get them to where they need to...

Duration: 00:05:10

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