Red Hook’s beloved Fairway Market has donated $30,000 to ReStore Red Hook, a non-profit group dedicated to the recovery of small businesses forced to close after Sandy ravaged the neighborhood in October.
Bill Sanford, Fairway president, notes, “Red Hook is a very close knit community and we are all connected and dependent upon each other for our success. What’s good for us is good for the entire neighborhood and vice versa.”
Fairway, at the base of Van Brunt, was closed for five months following the superstorm last fall, which decimated the 52,000sf waterfront store with 5 feet of water—and had a detrimental effect on surrounding boutique businesses that depended on Fairway’s customer base. The grocery reopened March 1 to great fanfare, including appearances from Miss America Mallory Hytes (who lives in Brooklyn) and Borough Prez Marty Markowitz.
Since reopening, the store has sold special t-shirts at checkout designated to raise funds for ReStore Red Hook, which supports stores, shops and restaurants and bars in the neighborhood still in a state of recovery. They raised $15,000, which the store then matched.
Monica Byrne, co-founder of ReStore Red Hook, says, “Fairway has been an extraordinary partner in our rebuilding efforts. We are thrilled to have Fairway back, better than ever, and are deeply appreciative of the incredible support they have offered us in the small business community.”
(Photo L-R: Andy Zuleta,(Red Hook Fairway GM) Eric Sneddon (Fairway Floor Manager) and ReStore Red Hook members Denise Carbonell, Mary Dudine Kyle, Ron Kyle, Monica Byrne, Leisah Swenson. Credit: Fairway)