12 Benefits for NYC Sandy Relief

By Jim Allen

The silver lining in the ominous cloud of catastrophe that Sandy brought to New York has been the spirit and generosity of New Yorkers. Those who have been living in the city long enough have seen it before — the citizenry of NYC may seem to be all about the hustle-bustle on the surface, but when their neighbors are in need, that’s when they turn around and reveal their true colors. Since the storm struck the city there’s been an outpouring of support from all corners. But that doesn’t mean those who are inclined towards a little good old hedonism can’t drop a dash of altruism into their ambling through the New York nightlife. If you love to drink, dance, and party, here’s a handy baker’s dozen of events that offer an opportunity to help your fellow New Yorkers at the same time.

1. Election 2012 Night of the Sour Beers (Mission Dolores Bar, Nov. 6)

If “the more you drink, the more we donate” doesn’t already sound enticing enough, be advised that this Park Slope drinkery will be giving 100 percent of the evening’s profits to the Red Hook Initiative to help that hard-hit Brooklyn neighborhood.

2. A New York State of Mind (Santos Party House, Nov. 6)

Josh Madden, DJ Huggy Bear, Old Money, and more bring the beats, and all the proceeds go directly to help victims of the storm.

3. Election Night Party/Benefit (230 Fifth, Nov. 6)

At this Manhattan rooftop venue’s Election Eve bash, half of the take will go to The Red Cross for Sandy relief. Did we mention the Red, White & Blue drink specials?

4. Election Eve Benefit (Hopeland Food & Liquor, Nov. 6)

If you’re after an Election Night benefit blowout with a Brooklyn bent, try this Boerum Hill hotspot, where 15 percent of bar sales help the aforementioned RHI. Try the election night cocktail special while you’re at it.

5. Rebuild Dumbo (Galapagos Art Space, Nov. 7)

Galapagos, along with plenty of other Dumbo art spaces, venues, and shops, sustained significant damage in the storm, so come out to this fundraiser and help the whole area get back on its feet.

6. Cherub’s Human Jukebox (Living Room Bar @ The W Times Square, Nov. 8)

Buzz-bin dance-pop duo Cherub will be taking Twitter requests, while The W donates five bucks a pop for the first 100 tweets, as well as donating part of the Living Room’s profits to The Red Cross.

7. NYC Young Professionals Fall Mixer/Red Cross Sandy Relief (The DL rooftop, Nov. 9) (pictured below)

This Delancey St. event started out being about seeing and being seen, but after the storm they decided to make this LES evening a way to help those hurt by Sandy, with proceeds heading straight to The Red Cross.

8. Rum Tasting for Dumbo Recovery (The Jar Group, Nov. 13)

A tasting event for Owney’s Rum shouldn’t be too hard a sell to begin with, but when you add in The Bower Hill Society’s donations from the event towards building Dumbo back up, it’s even harder to argue against attending.

9. Dan Deacon’s NYC shows (Music Hall of Williamsburg, Nov. 13, Bowery Ballroom, Nov. 16)

Long Island’s own Dan Deacon turns his electronic artistry towards storm relief by giving the entirety of his profits from his two upcoming NYC shows to The Red Cross and Occupy Sandy.

10. Sandy Hates Books Fundraiser (the powerHouse Arena, Nov. 18)

Being predisposed towards drinking and partying doesn’t mean you have to be illiterate. Dumbo’s most aesthetically pleasing literary space is having an all-day book fair featuring drink, music, readings, and an opportunity to help the battered book emporium rebuild.

11. The Cocktail Guru’s Bloody Mary Lunch (The Empire Room, Nov. 18) (pictured below)

Celebrity mixologist Jonathan Pogash himself, of Cocktail Guru fame, serves up some seriously artisanal Bloody Marys and puts all the proceeds towards Sandy relief efforts.

12. Food For Thought (CourseHorse, Nov. 12-18)

Look, you can’t hang out imbibing and carousing all night long, can you? Okay, well, maybe you can, but eventually you might want to take a break to learn how to make your own fun, with CourseHore classes in the arts of wine, whiskey, etc. And if you do it between November 12 and 18, CourseHorse will join with Food Bank NYC to help feed hungry storm victims.