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Red Hook’s small businesses banded together to form Restore Red Hook after the storm, working together to raise the funds they needed to clean up, replace equipment, and reopen. Many started individual campaigns too — on sites like Kickstarter, Go Fund Me, and Small Knot — that encourage community members to contribute donations with incentives.
Here’s how they’re doing:
Sunny’s, the glorious dive bar by the water has surpassed its goal of $20,000 on Kickstarter. (Though the Brooklyn Paper reports that the cost of the rebuild will be closer to $80,000, it’s a good start.)
The Good Fork has raised more than $50,000 on Go Fund Me and reports new tile and a new walk-in.
Bait and Tackle has also surpassed its goal of $20,000 on Kickstarter.
But others are still trying to raise what they need to get back on their feet:
Court Street Grocers, which had plans to run a sandwich shop, production kitchen, and catering facility out of their new, Sandy-damaged kitchen in Red Hook, has 27 days left to reach their target of $25,000 on Small Knot. They’re nearly there at $19, 045.
Steve’s Key Lime Pies is back up and baking, but has reached only $9,629 of their $45,000 goal on Go Fund Me.
The team at Home/Made finally has hot water and electricity, but has so far raised just $6,365 of their $45,000 goal on Go Fund Me.
The Red Hook Lobster Pound had raised $31,000 but is trying for $75,000 on Small Knot with their gift certificates.