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Bike community lends a hand in Sandy relief

Published November 9, 2012
Restore Red Hook jersey

BROOKLYN, NY (BRAIN) — The bike community in New York is taking action to help Sandy recovery efforts. Among other efforts, sales of a special jersey are benefitting recovery in the Red Hook neighborhood, and organizers of a canceled Staten Island cyclocross race are urging racers to use the day to volunteer, instead.

Red Hook relief

Castelli and Brooklyn retailer Gage+DeSoto are selling a custom jersey with proceeds to benefit Sandy recovery efforts in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn.

"Countless homes, shops, artist studios, restaurants, bars, and workshops have been devastated," Gage+DeSoto said. The special jersey was designed by Jonah Birns and will be sold exclusively on Gage+DeSoto until December 1 and shipped in mid-January.

Profits from these jerseys will be split between the Red Hook Initiative and Restore Red Hook. The RHI is an established community center and RRH has been set up to help the many devastated small businesses.

The jersey is available in race-weight short sleeve in men's and women's sizes, or in thermal long sleeve in men's sizes only. The jerseys sell for $100 for the short sleeve and $120 for long sleeve on the Gage+DeSoto site

No race? Volunteer

Organizers of the Staten Cross race decided to cancel Saturday's event, which would have been the fifth annual, and roll entries into next weekend's Super Cross Cup races on Long Island. Those who were registered for the Staten Island race are now automatically registered for next Saturday's race on Long Island.

But the Staten Island crowd is urging 'crossers to use the free weekend to help out those in need after Sandy. On Saturday, people are meeting at NYC Velo in the East Village, 64 2nd Avenue, and car pooling to Staten Island to help. The shop also is accepting donations.  They need the following supplies: contractor bags, batteries, buckets, blankets, water, shovels, flashlights, cleaning supplies, etc.  

Contact NYC Velo for more information.

Topics associated with this article: Hurricane Sandy

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