Shoptalk: Who’s Loving You Brooklyn? Brooklyn Still Loves Brooklyn in a Hurricane Sandy Relief

Brooklyn… when I had you, I treated you bad and wrong, my dear. And since, since you went away, don’t you know I sit around, with my head hanging down, and I wonder who’s loving you? Brooklyn is loving you Brooklyn and therefore last night,  November 13, 2012, the cultural organizations of Downtown Brooklyn which includes the Irondale Ensemble Project, Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance, 80 Arts Alliance, and the Soul of Brooklyn Consortium Members brought their best dance, drama, music, and spoken word to the Irondale City for a beautiful benefit for Hurricane Sandy relief.  All proceeds went to the Brooklyn based charities Reaching Out Community Service, who’s mission is to distribute food and provide social services to families in the Brooklyn area and the Red Hook Initiative, who has been leading the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in Red Hook and Downtown Brooklyn. We want to thank all of the artists who have donated their time and talents as well as, Councilmember Letitia James, founder of Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MOCADA) Laurie Combo, the host Ralph McDaniels, and everyone who organized and contributed to this amazing night.

“KowTeff African Dance Company & School of African Dance”
(taken at Irondale Center)

During the evening, the NYWC collected hopeful and healing images of something that participants have heard or seen during Hurricane Sandy that has inspired them.


Lauren Hudson from Crown Heights wrote:

I had the opportunity to volunteer in Red Hook alongside the National Guard. While doing so, we met hundreds of residents who thanked us for helping out. However, my “beautiful moment” came when soldiers thanked military vets, now in line for food, for their service. For me, this mutual thanking solidified how we all have, and continue to serve one another.


Erick from Crown Heights wrote:

One inspiring moment during the time of Hurricane Sandy is when people from all walks of life, race, religion, and so forth came together to aid the victims that were affected. Even though that was a sad moment, it was also an inspiring moment knowing that people still care for the welfare of another being. Seeing how people can come together is inspiring.

“Mark Morris Dance Group”
(taken at Irondale Center)


Another participant wrote:

The staff at the St. Edward Senior Center next to Fort Greene park gave up their lounge when they took in dozens of traumatized seniors who had been evacuated from pitch black, flooding buildings in Coney Island. The first day I saw them, they were still in nightgowns, frightened and disheveled. By the next week they were nearly sparking — dressed, sitting up and smiling. “You did it,” I said to the overwhelmed staff. One responded: “We love the people.”



So to you, all who were affected by Hurricane Sandy, here is a tribute from The Jackson 5’s hit recordWho’s Loving Youjust to let you know we still love you:

All my life, all my life baby yeah I’ve been lost to you only. Come on & take it Brooklyn, Come on & take it, because…. All, all I can do, all I can do since you’ve been gone is cry. And don’t you ever wonder or worry your head of what i do. Don’t you know I sit around, with my head hanging down, and I wonder who’s loving you?

Donate to Brooklyn Loves Brooklyn: a Benefit for Hurricane Sandy and show your love.