Sleek and Destroy

Sleek and Destroy is my design label. I use it to squirt my ideas, inspirations, and designs out into the world. I'll be using this space to talk about what inspires me, what I'm working on, what's new in the store, and how I do what I do.
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Helping in the wake of Hurricane Sandy


Sleek & Destroy, though based in Brooklyn, has not been overly affected by the hurricane. Some shipping has been delayed, but expect your orders to mostly arrive on time. In the meantime, our hearts go out to those in New York, New Jersey, and the surrounding areas still without power, water, and shelter. In an effort to put his unique talents to good use, Matthew has become involved with #HurricaneHackers: a space for gathering & sharing information, and organizing tech+social projects related to Hurricane Sandy.

If you’re able to help, there are several organizations that you can support or become involved with. Here’s a list of groups working on relief efforts.

American Red Cross:

Other Organizations:

  • The Salvation Army is working to feed people impacted by the storm. Donations can be made there by visiting here.
  • Feeding America says that it is working to distribute some thousands of pounds of emergency food to hurricane victims. To donate, you can call 1-800-910-5524 or visit them online here.
  • Medicine is also needed, and AmeriCares is working to provide what is needed by those impacted by the storms. Donate here.
  • World Vision is distributing flood cleanup kits and personal hygiene items. Donate to them here.
  • Save the Children is also out there trying to help relieve families affected by the hurricane. Donate here.
  •  Samaritan’s Purse needs volunteers. For information how to volunteer, click here.
  • Hope for New York needs both volunteers and donations. 

If you’re in New Jersey and want to volunteer to help clean up, there is more information available here.

Here is another article on How to Help in the Aftermath, as well as another list of helpful organizations that need support.

NonsenseNYC has also collected together a fine list of people and projects that require aid, many that need actual labour, “not your donations or clicks”. Their latest newsletter began with, "The most important thing to understanding what’s going on is to actually go to the areas that need attention. People who need help will not always ask for it, or be able to ask for it. This is a do-it-yourself guide: call or internet if you can, but ultimately just go."

Here are some of their suggestions:

  • Red Hook: Volunteers needed to cook food and coordinate aid. Come anytime from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. and bring something to share. 767 Hicks Street, Brooklyn.Contact: Paulie Anne Duke, paulieanneduke]at] 
  • Coney Island:  Coney Island USA’s flooded building needs help. They’re looking for people with dehumidifiers, fans, squeegees, mops, mop buckets, household heavy duty rubber gloves, respirators, paper towels, cleaning cloths, brooms, bleach, disinfectant. They’ll be accepting donations from noon - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. They also need people to help with clean up. Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Avenue, corner of West 12th Street, Brooklyn. Contact: @ConeyIslandFun
  • The Rockaways: Help the clean up effort in Rockaway, where houses were completely devastated by Sandy. Contact: Zack Tucker: 201 320 0226. Also:  95-19 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Queens, near Beach 96th Street. Clean and serve food. Contact: Bobby at 718 772 3803.
  • Lower East Side: The Henry Street Settlement has received an 18-wheeler of meals and donations. They need vehicles, bikes, and humans to help distribute: 265 Henry Street. Also: Some volunteers are going to set up an aid station at ABC No Rio (food and a portable generator for people to charge cell phones) today starting at 10a. 156 Rivington Street between Clinton and Suffolk. Also: GOLES needs help: 169 Avenue B, between 10th and 11th streets,
  • Chinatown: A strong community effort is happening over at CAAAV, a Chinatown-based community organizing group located at 46 Hester Street, between Essex and Ludlow. They are looking for volunteers. 212 473 6485.
  • Citywide: The Red Cross needs volunteers who are able to lift 50 pounds and are comfortable working in stressful situations. Contact: staffing (at) Also: New York City Public Advocate’s Office needs volunteers. Sign up here to help.

Social Media: 

You can also follow the relief effort as it’s documented across Tumblr.

November 03, 2012, 11:19pm