Alright, what’s up everybody? Yeah I know. It’s been rather silent here, and for that I apologize. We’ve had a challenging few weeks here in NJ.
I’m based in central NJ, sandwiched just between two of the hardest hit areas in the path of Hurricane Sandy. To my north, the devastation in northern New Jersey and New York City is staggering. To the south and east, my heart absolutely breaks for the total loss so many are experiencing. It’s like a sick dream I can’t wake up from. A total rebuild of certain towns like Seaside (among others) is necessary and thousands of people have been displaced from their homes. And it’s getting COLD out now.
My area of NJ was VERY lucky. We suffered only minor damage and power loss. But, there are still people in our region without power, heat, hot food, clothing, and a safe roof over their heads WEEKS LATER, so I wanted to share a few things to spread the word about the help that’s out there. It’s great if you can help out nationally, but it’s even better if you can start locally. Turn to your neighbors and see who needs help. Donate food, clothes, your hands and a few hours – there is still a lot of work to be done.
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First of all, hello friends. It’s been a while. To see such a powerful city be kicked in the groin like this is something that my brain cannot fathom. I hope you all are hanging in there and taking care of each other.
If you’ve been following my blog, you know I’ve been involved with some Beastie Boy fan-related stuff and I’m going to bring it full circle right here.
I just learned that Mike D is involved with helping bring hot food to the people in Rockaway – a part of New York City that has faced some real devastation – we are talking similar to post-Katrina New Orleans. These people REALLY need help. Watch this five-minute video from the Huffington Post to get a first-hand view of the damage there and its effects on the residents. This is what we aren’t seeing on the news.
Mike D’s recent online post (linked below) says it far more eloquently than I can – so I advise you to take a minute to read it and do whatever you can to get involved. These people really have lost everything and it’s going to take a lot of us banding together to try to begin to make it right for them again. The call to action involves fundraising for a project called the Rockaway Plate Lunch Truck.
The truck will be staffed by NYC restaurants for the next three months. There is not enough hot food out in Rockaway for residents who may be stranded there, nor for the many police and sanitation workers who are working difficult 12-hour shifts. All the businesses in the area are shuttered. The truck plans to offer healthy, balanced meals to those in need, with an anticipated 1,500-2,000 meals PER DAY. The costs are astronomical. Please donate if you can.
Read Mike D’s posting regarding the Rockaway Plate Lunch Truck Fundraiser here.
DONATE TO THE PROJECT HERE: http://www.wavesforwater.org/fundraiser/rockaway-plate-lunch-truck
VOLUNTEER TO HELP VIA THE FACEBOOK PAGE HERE: https://www.facebook.com/RockawayPlateLunchTruck
Back in September I connected with Mike Kearney of MCA Day and my lovely friend Mah Dukes to reform Triple Trouble and do some more Bboy NYC landmarking. There is another epic blog posting coming with more incredible stuff from that trip, but I felt the Hurricane Sandy resources would be very useful to so many right now so they had to be posted first. Please share/tweet/effbee these links wherever you think they will be useful.
In light of all this seriousness I will close with a little levity and a ridiculous photo. Back at the end of September, Mike K, Mah Dukes and I met in the city to hit up Williamsburg’s Le Grand Fooding and catch Mike D’s DJ set at the start of the night.
Once D finished up, he spent some time talking to fans and was gracious enough to let us snap a pic with him. Again, I totally lost the ability to be a great conversationalist but you can see my elation by the shit-eating-grin I’m wearing. I mean really? I have to work on my picture face.
Here we are, Triple Trouble in all our glory with the man Mike D himself. He was, of course, very gracious and kind, and it was an honor to finally get to meet him in person.
The reason I share this is because part of what I love about the Beasties is that they always give back. They genuinely care about helping people, and I was moved (but def not surprised) to see Mike D’s involvement at the local level. I know a lot of fans read my blog and I want to do what I can to inspire you all to help – in any way you can – with this massive cleanup.
Please – do or give what you can to help your neighbors. If you know of any other resources, please comment below to share with my readers. We can all pitch in a little at a time and make a big difference.
Hang in there, everybody. Together we will get through this.
P.S. Here are a few more pics from Le Grand Fooding. 🙂