UPDATE: As of January 1, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives had not passed a bill, already approved by the Senate, offering $60.4 billion in relief for Hurricane Sandy. Congress will adjourn this week, which means that the bill will need to be re-introduced in the next session for a brand new vote from both the House and Senate.

If you’ve followed the news on Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, you’ve probably heard a fair amount by now about the community of Red Hook, an intimate Brooklyn neighborhood jutting into the Atlantic. One of the first points of settlement in the so-called “New World”, Red Hook was first a fishing village, then a vibrant seaport; but today you would be hard-pressed to find some reasonable fish in its cornerstores. Read more