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How to help a month after Sandy

Even buying a drink in Manhattan can help Sandy victims.

Whether it is by biking through boroughs or slinging drinks at a bar, New Yorkers are still helping city residents a month later.

Environmental group Time’s UP! has been leading bike caravans to the Rockaways for weeks.

The group meets in Williamsburg and Clinton Hill and brings blankets, food and medical supplies to the Rockaways by bikes. They also delivered charging stations on two wheels.

Occupy Wall Street, which has organized their members to coordinate recovery efforts, is still collecting food and cleaning supplies and organizing drop offs in the Rockaways and Red Hook. The group also set up wedding registries, where people from afar can purchase and send needed items.

New Yorkers interested in volunteering can still sign up here.

Dine for Sandy relief


Saturday's NYC Craft Beer Festival

Winter Harvest Edition at Basketball City at Pier 36 (299 South St.) is pouring 150 American winter craft beers from 75 different breweries. The event is doubling as a Sandy relief drive for Breezy Point, so bring your canned goods and toiletries along with you. Take in don't-miss seminars from Bronx Brewery's Chris Gallant and Aaron Foster of Murray's Cheese, and peruse the floor for expertly-paired snacks. Tickets are $55 to $135.

Esquire Magazine's culinary fundraiser, The Esquire, is three days of manly food and drink. Held at the Bowery Hotel (335 Bowery), it features three nights of events all dedicated to "Man at His Best." Saturday, there's music from Mark Ronson paired with food from Rao's; Sunday brings a football viewing party (complete with snacks, of course) with Tiki Barber; and Monday's "Greatest Meal Ever Cooked" is linking up superstar chefs for a six-course feast. Proceeds from tickets ($35-$275) benefit the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City in support of Sandy relief.

Hearth (403 E. 12th St., 646-602-1300) is hosting the second NYC Food Flood dinner to get Sandy victims back on their feet. Hearth chef Marco Canora, George Mendes of ALDEA, James Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock of McCrady's and Alex Stupak of Empellon will prepare a five-course meal on Monday ($250) with proceeds going to food distribution efforts in hard-hit areas.

Since their bars are closed due to Sandy, guest bartenders from the Rockaways will be manning their station at SideBAR (120 E. 15th St.) beginning this Friday and continuing throughout the holiday season. The bartenders get to keep all tips and 10 percent of the bar's revenue when they're there.

 
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